Hon. Agnes VST Devanadera
Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera, a native of Sampaloc, Quezon, finished her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting in St. Paul College, afterwards, pursued her Bachelor of Laws in Ateneo de Manila University and graduated in 1976. A year after, she was admitted to the Philippine Bar and later to the New York Bar in 1986.
After her stint as a Managing Partner of Balgos and Perez Law Offices which has been her training ground to hone her legal skills and knowledge, the call of public service came. She became the First Lady Mayor of Sampaloc, Quezon from 1988 to 1998. She even extended her leadership as the First Lady National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines or LMP.
As the Executive Director of the National Secretariat of the Lakas-NUCD-UMDP-KAMPI from June 1998 to August 2000 she provided technical support to party members belonging to the Executive and Legislative branches of the government. On 2003, she was appointed Undersecretary for the Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Interior and Local Government wherein she led the investigation on the Oakwood Mutiny and headed the Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign as its National Action Officer.
In 2004 she became the First Lady to be named Government Corporate Counsel. Under her turf, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel made a remarkable success in attaining zero backlog on contract reviews and rendition of opinions for more than the 600 Government Owned and Controlled Corporations it serves. Her career in OGCC was highlighted by cases she successfully prosecuted for the Manila International Airport Authority and the Maynilad Water Services Inc. Decisions rendered on these cases benefited not only the two corporations but other government instrumentalities and their respective clients as well.
As the first Lady Solicitor General in the history of the Office of the Solicitor General, she heads the biggest law firm of the country tasked to represent the government and the people. As the head State lawyer, she has appeared before the Supreme Court to argue cases imbued with public interests. Aside from the cases here in the Philippines, she is also representing the Republic in cases litigated abroad such as those involving the ill-gotten wealth of former President Marcos and the NAIA Terminal 3. It was also during her term the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act 9417 or the OSG Reform Law was signed, which allowed the Office to expand and to enhance benefits to the employees. She occupied this post from March 2, 2007 to January 11, 2010.
While still Solicitor General, she was appointed Acting Secretary of the Department Justice twice – first, from September 3 to November 15, 2007 and again from May 30, 2009 to January 11, 2010 until she became a full-fledged Justice Secretary.
Because of her values towards public service, she was featured as one of Philippines “modern day heroes” in a book written by Maria Rosa “Bing” Nieva Carrion-Buck entitled, Modern Day Heroes, Values They Live By. She was awarded People of the Year for 2009 by the People Asia Magazine, Outstanding Alumni for 2007 by the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance and a recipient of the Gintong Medalya ng Karangalan (Quezon Medal of Honor) by the Provincial Government of Quezon.
Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera is married to OWWA Deputy Administrator Noriel P. Devanadera and were blessed with three children, namely: Noel Angelo, Anna Noreen and Nicolas Andre.