Parents (both deceased) : Father: Emilio Gonzales Mother: Hilaria Gonzales
Place of Birth: Naval, Biliran
Date of Birth: October 22, 1949
Civil Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Dr. Loreta E. Gonzales
Religion: Catholic
Occupation: Practicing Lawyer
Educational Background:

Former Biliran Governor ATTY. JOSE C. GONZALES

Elementary School : Naval Central School 1956-1962
High School: Naval High School – 1962 to 1966
College: 1. Divine Word University – 1962 to 1980
Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting
2. Leyte Colleges – 1976 to 1980
Bachelor of Laws

Post Graduate Studies: Asian Institute of Management 1988
Professional Managers Course sponsored by the National Irrigation Administration

Board Examination Passed: Certified Public Accountant – 1973; and Bar: 1981

Employment Record:

Regional Accountant – National Irrigation Administration for Region 7 and 8, Palo, Leyte – 1974 to 1980

Auditor III – Commission on Audit
National Power Corporation, Manila 1980-1981
National Manpower and Youth Council; Bureau of Customs; and Commission on Immigration and Deportation, Region 8, Tacloban City – 1981 to 1982

Practicing Trial Lawyer – 1982 – 1986
OIC Governor – Sub- province of Biliran 1986-1988
Elected Governor – Sub-province of Biliran 1988-1992
Practicing Trial Lawyer – 1992 to the present
Part time Professor in Accounting: Devine Word University and in Leyte
Colleges; 1982 to 1986; and
Part time Professor College of Law: Naval Institute of Technology – 2008-2009;


1. Conversion of Biliran Sub-Province to regular Province of Biliran starting with the presentation of the development program to the mother province of Leyte in the year 1986 with the request to convert the Sub-Province of Biliran into a regular province. The Provincial Board of Leyte adopted a Resolution approving the creation of a new province of Biliran, after the approval of the Provincial Board Resolution by Atty. Leopoldo Petilla, the Governor of Leyte in 1989, it was submitted to congress of the Philippines, together with petition of covert the sub –province into a regular province, signed by the registered voters of Biliran sub-province. The lower house signed and adopted a resolution signed by the five congressman of Leyte simultaneously, by the Senate of the Philippines, incorporated the conversion of the sub-province in Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code 1991, the particular provision is found in Article 462, of RA 7160. After ratification in a plebiscite in 1992 elections, as required in the Local Government Code, voted not only by the residents of the sub-province of Biliran, but, by the entire electorates of the province of Leyte, the new Province of Biliran was declared on May 11, 1992;

2. With the long term vision, during the incumbency as elected Governor of Biliran sub-province, a rice field together with co-owner Hilaria Gonzales (deceased) was donated to Naval Institute of Technology, now the Naval State University during the term of President Alfredo C. Josep, with an area of about one (1) hectare, the rice land was bounded on the East: the prorperty of the Heirs of Borrinaga; North: Naval Institute of Technology, now Naval State University; South: Mesias property and West: Abundio Obaob property sold to NIT now occupied by the NSU Hostel;

3. With a long term vision, as politicians will serve mostly to the followers of the party in power, a residential log was likewise donated to the congregation of the Pro Infante Et Familia sisters located at the Sagrada Familia subdivision, Caneja Extension, Naval, Biliran to service the needy and to those who are far from the graces of the governor and the congressman;

4. With a long term vision, a more than six (6) hectares of land located at San Pablo, Naval, Biliran was donated to the bishop, Diocese of Naval, represented by Bishop Felomino G. Bactol to be a site for the relocated families, and for the church program to serve the poor;

5. With a long term vision, a 5,900 square meters of land located at San Pablo, Naval, Biliran was donated to mother Esperanza Orejola of the Franciscan Sisters of Order, the site where the chapel of Bigaa, San Pablo is erected, to train and develop the garments industry, other livelihood programs, and financing back-ups;
6. The occupants of the area in front of the Naval Institute of Technology which spoils the school vicinity, some occupants like Sencia and Cadong Mendoza, Panty and Enying Saludar and the family of Diosdado Mendoza, cleared the obstruction of the school premises as their houses occupying the frontage of the Naval Institute of Technology, now the Naval State University, were transferred and relocated to his land in Sitio Manga, Calumpang, thus protracted cases versus NIT was Eliminated.

7. Transformed the Province of Biliran as insurgency free from 1986 to 1992, by bringing the leftist into fold of the law, giving them amnesty, livelihood, and the construction of the cross county road from Naval to Caibiran passing to the places where the NPA has their stronghold, during his six years term as governor.

8. Hospitals of Caibiran, Culaba and Maripipi were constructed, operated and maintained, to bring health programs closer to the people (closed by the next administrations).

Respectfully Submitted to this 22 day of February 2010: