Los Angeles, 10 March 2014 – Consul General Ma. Hellen Barber De La Vega is pleased and honored to announce the appointment by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Albert F. Del Rosario of the current Philippine Consul General in Chicago, Hon. Leo Herrera-Lim, a career diplomat as the new Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles with jurisdiction over Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Prior to his posting in Chicago, Consul General Herrera-Lim has represented the Philippines in the United States as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1998 and had frequent interaction with the World Bank Group, Intelsat, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Treasury and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as First Secretary and Consul and later Minister and Consul General at the Philippine Embassy in London from 2000 to 2007 dealing with government, international organizations and the private sector.
Consul General De La Vega is delighted and welcomes warmly the assignment of Attorney Herrera-Lim to Los Angeles. She describes the incoming Consul General as a cool, humorous and witty person with strategic vision and leadership of great value and benefiting the Fil-Am community and the overall excellent ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.
He studied economics and law at the University of the Philippines.
In the Philippines, he previously served in the Department of Foreign Affairs in various capacities, such as Special Assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy (OUP) and in the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA), as Director of the U.S. Division of the Office of American Affairs, and Assistant Director of Treaties Division of the Office of Legal Affairs. He was with the Office of Senator Edgardo Angara and the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan.
He has extensive experience with foreign governments, international organization and financial institutions. He was intricately involved in the crafting and formulation of Government policies and positions on bilateral, multilateral and special issues. He was also a member of Philippine delegations to the United Nations (UN), Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) and treaty negotiations. He attended trainings, seminars and programs at the Foreign Service Institute in Manila, the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Italy.
Consul General Herrera-Lim comes from Manila. He is married to Fidelis Cariño and is a father to Leonardo Ignatius and Frances Leanne.