Senator Richard "Dick" Juico Gordon

Senate Office:
Rm. 509 5th Flr., GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 70 loc. 5544 / 5546 / 5547
Direct Lines: (632) 552-6793 / (632) 552-6719
Fax No.: (632) 552-6719

Biography | Resume


5 August 1945, Castillejos Zambales


Spouse: Kate H. Gordon
UNESCO Mayors for Peace Prize Awardee in Asia 1998
Three-term Mayor of Olongapo City (1995-2004) and
Member 8-10th Congress Representing 1st District of Zambales(1987-1995)
Children: Marnie, Ali, LJ Brian
Father: James L. Gordon (deceased)
Founding Father of Olongapo and 1st elected Municipal Mayor of Olongapo
Mother: Amelia J. Gordon
Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year 2003
First elected City Mayor of Olongapo


1975 Bachelor of Laws
University of the Philippines
1966 A.B. History and Government
Ateneo de Manila University


01 July 2004 to
30 June 2010
Republic of the Philippines
Chair, Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
Chair, Senate Committee on Tourism
Chair, Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments (13th Congress)
Chair, Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
Member, Commission on Appointments
29 Jan 2001 to
05 Jan 2004
Cabinet Secretary
Department of Tourism
Chair, Philippine Tourism Authority (ex-officio)
Chair, Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation (ex-officio)
Chair, Intramuros Administration (ex-officio)
Chair, National Parks Development Committee (ex-officio)
Chair, Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (ex-officio)
Member, Manila International Airport Authority (ex-officio)
Member, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (ex-officio)
Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Retirement Authority
1992 to 1998 Founding Chairman and Administrator
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (Envisioned in 1971 and together with the people of Olongapo lobbied for the creation of a free port after the rejection of the Bases Treaty in 1991)
1988 to 6/30/93 City Mayor of Olongapo
1980 to 1986 City Mayor of Olongapo
1975 to 1979 Associate
ACCRA Law Office
1974 to 1975 Director
Kong Commercial Philippines, Inc.
1971 Youngest Delegate
Constitutional Convention of the Philippines
1966 to 1967 Brand Manager
Procter and Gamble (Philippine Manufacturing Company)


2008 Ateneo USA Award – Public Service
Ateneo USA Chicago All Ateneo Convention

2008 Gold Humanitarian Award
Japanese Red Cross

2007 Gold Humanitarian Service Cross Award
Philippine National Red Cross

2006 Gawad Panday Award
Public Relations Society of the Philippines (Highest Honor and Recognition)

2005 Emilio Aguinaldo Outstanding Achievement Award in Public Service
Provincial Government of Cavite

2003 International Awardee, Visit Korea Year
Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Korea

2002 Aduana Awardee for Public Service
Aduana Foundation

2001 Gintong Ama Awardee
Gintong Ama and Ina Foundation

2001 Silver Humanitarian Award
Philippine National Red Cross

2000 Upsilonian Noble and Outstanding (UNO)
Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association (Highest Honors)

1997 Most Distinguished Alumnus
UP Alumni Association (Highest Award)

1997 Presidential Award for Relief and Disaster Management
Safety Organization of the Philippines

1997 Sports Hall of Fame
Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association

1997 Outstanding Alumnus in Public Service
Letran College

1996 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL)
Philippine Jaycees Senate (Youngest Awardee)

1996 Man of the Year Alas Singko y Media Program, ABS-CBN

1995 One of the 20 Great Asians of the Future
Asiaweek Magazine 20th Anniversary Special

1995 One of Who's Who in Asia
NHK TV Japan

1994 One of the 50 Young Leaders of Asia
Asahi Shimbun, Japan

1993 Luminary Award for Exemplary Achievement in Public Administration
Upsilon Sigma Phil Alumni Association

1991 Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award
Philippine National Red Cross (Highest National Award)

Gold Vision Triangle Award National YMCA (Highest National Award)

Award for Outstanding and Dynamic Leadership in Government Service
International Lions Club National

Award for Community Service
Rotary Club of Makati, San Miguel Corporation Republic Day

Award National Council of Women of the Philippines

1983 Professional Award in the Public Administration
UP Alumni Association

1982 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in Public Administration
Philippine Jaycees Senate


International Red Cross/Red Crescent Federation, elected to the Governing Board (2005-present)

Pacific Asia Travel Association, Member and past Chairman for 2003-2004

World Tourism Organization, Commissioner for East Asia and the Pacific (2001-2004)

Philippine National Red Cross, Chairman and CEO (2004-present)

Boys Scouts of the Philippines, Chairman - James L. Gordon Council

U.P. Alumni Association, Chairman – Olongapo Chapter

Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Full Member

Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association, Member

Ateneo de Manila University Alumni Association, Director

Presidential Bases Conversion Committee, Member

Citizen's Legal Aid Society of the Philippines, Member

Party for Philippine Progress, Training Committee Youth Arm, National Chairman (1966)

Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines, Founding Chairman (1997)



2008 UN-ASEAN International Pledging Session for Myanmar
Rangoon, Burma May 2008
  Working Group on Advocacy and Communications
International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) Governing Board
Geneva, Switzerland May 2008
  Guest Speaker, Forum on Security in Asia Post US Bases, Center for Strategic Studies and In’l Studies(CSIS)
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA April 2008
  Resource Speaker, Roundtable on Security in Asia and the Pacific,
Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa, Japan March 2008
2007 Working Group on Advocacy and Communications International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent(IFRC) Governing Board
Geneva, Switzerland November 2007
  Working Group on Advocacy and Communications International Federation Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) Governing Board
Geneva, Switzerland March 2007
2006 Special Meeting of International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent(IFRC) Governing Board
Geneva, Switzerland June 2006
  Extraordinary Session International Federation Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) Governing Board
Geneva, Switzerland February 2006
2005 Guest Speaker, 5th International Conference on Volunteerism and Philanthropy
Singapore, May 2005
  Speaker, World Economic Forum(WEF)
New Delhi, India, November 2005
2005 Guest Speaker, 5th International Conference on Volunteerism and Philanthropy
Singapore, May 2005
2005 Guest Speaker, 5th International Conference on Volunteerism and Philanthropy
Singapore, May 2005
2004 Speaker, 53rd Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference
Jeiju Island, Korea, April 2004
  Presenter, 111th International Parliamentary Union(IPU) General Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland, September 2004
  Speaker, United Nations(UN) General Assembly
New York, USA, October 2004
2002 World Tourism Organization(WTO) -Tourism Recovery Commission
London, November 2002
  Conference Host, International Conference on Anti-Terrorism and Tourism Recovery
Manila, November 2002
  Speaker, United Nations(UN) International Colloquium on Regional Governance
Cancun, Mexico, February 2002
2001 50th Pacific Asia Travel Association(PATA) Conference
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2001
1999 Delegate, 27th International Federation Red Cross Red Crescent (IFRC) Convention
Geneva, Switzerland, November 1999
  Discussant, 10th ASEAN Red Cross and Red Crescent Leaders Conference
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 1999
1998 Speaker “Change Management in the Philippines – The Subic Experience” ADB Economic and Development Forum
Tokyo Japan, January 1998
  Speaker, Asia Cities Forum
Columbia University, New York, USA, March 1998
1997 Speaker, U.S. Business Council Convention (Premier organization of U.S. CEO's)
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, 10 May 1997
  Speaker, “The Philippines: U.S. - RP Relations and the role of Filipino-Americans” Asia Society Conference
L.A. Convention Center, USA, 7 May 1997
  Speaker, 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
Seoul, South Korea
  4th Annual Asia-Pacific Roundtable w/ Sen. Bill Bradley & Former Sec. of State, George Shultz Stanford University
Pebble Beach, California
  Guest Speaker, "The Transformation of Subic Bay - Lessons for Leadership & Management" Brunei Darussalam International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Bandar Seri Begawan, Negra, Brunei Darussalam
  Chairman & Moderator, ”Japan's anticipated role in the Pacific Century - Leader of Follower?” Pacific Rim Forum – Hong Kong Handover
Hong Kong
  Keynote Speaker
Launch of the Philippine Trade Strategy
Perth, Australia
1996 Keynote Speaker: International Symposium on Small and Medium Sized Business for Asia
Tokyo, Japan
  Keynote Speaker: Acer Group 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference & Global Distributors Meeting with Bill Gates, Microsoft President & CEO, Stan Shih, Acer Founder & CEO
Taipei, Taiwan, June 1996
  Participant, World Economic Forum (WEF) "Sustainable Globalization"
Davos, Switzerland
  Participant, Center for Strategic and International Studies "Global and Political Vulnerabilities"
Stockholm, Sweden
  Keynote Speaker, "International Symposium on Small and Medium Sized Business For Asia"
Tokyo, Japan
  Discussant, "Issues and opportunities in Asia" (with 30 business and government leaders in Asia)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1995 Presenter, "Potential for Foreign Investment in the Development of Subic Bay" Asia Pacific Air Cargo Conference
1994 Delegate, Asian-U.S. Leaders conference sponsored by Senator Bill Bradley and the Asia Pacific Research Center of Stanford University; one of seven Asian leaders invited to the conference.
California U.S.A.
1993 1993 Asia Society Forum
Asia Society
Houston and New York, U.S.A.
  2nd International Colloquim of Mayor's, Defenders of Children
Mexico City, Mexico
1987 Delivered a Paper, “Social and Economic Impact of Foreign Military Bases” Conference on Foreign Military Bases
1986 Participant, Georgetown University Leadership Training Seminar (one of 30 World Leaders invited)
Washington D.C., U.S.A.
1983 Delegate, International Visitors Program (IVP) sponsored by the U.S. States Department, in 18 Cities of the United States to observe city administration and management.
1981 City Management Training for City Mayors, sponsored by RSO, MLGCD, USAID, to the University of California at Berkeley
San Diego, Carson City, Los Angeles, Bremerton, Washington and New York City,USA

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