FULGENCIO SANTOS FACTORAN of Orion served the country as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 1987 until 1992. He was also the Deputy Executive Secretary (1986-1987) of former President Corazon C. Aquino (1986-1992).
Factoran was born in Orion on November 3, 1943 to parents Fulgencio Factoran Sr. and Gloria Santos, a former school principal. He was trained as a lawyer at the University of the Philippines (valedictorian) and passed the Bar examinations in 1968. He finished his Master of Laws at the Harvard University, USA, in 1969.
He was a managing partner at the Tanjuatco, Oreta, Tanjuatco and Factoran Law Office. He also co-founded the “Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood.” He joined the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino initially as Deputy Executive Secretary. Thereafter, he was chosen as Environment Secretary and concurrent chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Electrification Administration.
He also served as the Deputy Executive Secretary at Philippine National Oil Company; Chairman of Geologistics Incorporated, Agility, Inc., and GAIA South Incorporated; Director of Belle Resources Inc., Banco de Oro Leasing & Finance, Geo-Surveys & Mapping Inc., and Equitable Card Network Inc. He had been an Independent Director at Nickel Asia Corporation since June 16, 2010; Independent Director of Atlas Consolidated Mining & Development Corp. since February 28, 2012; Independent Director of Central Azucarera De Tarlac since January 1998; Director of Equitable PCI Bank, Inc. since August 20, 2002; Director of Belle Corporation, Business Certification International, Ltd., Philippine National Oil Company, and National Development Corporation.
Fulgencio Factoran was also a Vice President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association (HLSAA); Chairman of the Board of Advisers of the Foundation for Philippine Environment; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office; Director of BDO Leasing and Finance Inc.; Director of Philippine Educational Theater Association and Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility; Trustee of the Development Academy of the Philippines; and Member of the Board of Trustee of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from 1998 to 2004.
Factoran was married to the former Kay Mesina and had four children: Yasmin, Gigi, Fulgencio III and Rabby.