After graduating from AIM with a Master in Business Management degree (With Distinction) in 1990, Governor Salceda went on to work for ING Barings to be its Research Director until 1995. He then moved to SwissBank Corporation (SBC) Warburg as its Research Director until 1997. With his impressive analytical skills in the financial market, his stint in ING Barings and SBC Warburg earned him a number of awards: Best Analyst for Asiamoney Survey of 1994; Best Economist for the Philippines, Asiamoney Survey of 1993 to 1996; Best Analyst, Global Money Survey of 1994; Best Analyst, Institutional Investors choice for 1993 and 1994 and Top 5 Philippine Analyst in the 1996 Survey of Philippine Fund Managers.
He joined the legislature in 1998 where he served for three consecutive terms and held several positions in the Congress, including the Chairmanship of the powerful Committee on Appropriations, wherein he authored the first 1 Trillion peso budget of the Philippine government. During his first term, he was the Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry, a rare feat for a neophyte congressman. Since his entry into local politics, Gov. Salceda has served his people continuously first as Congressman for 9 years and now into his second term as Governor. In 3 of the 5 elections, he ran unopposed.
Under Governor Salceda’s leadership, the Province of Albay has received the Galing Pook Award in 2008 for its Outstanding Governance Program on disaster preparedness and management. Albay has also received the Gawad Kalasag Award in 2009 and 2010 and for the 3rd time in 2011, for its outstanding program on disaster preparedness and management. In 2011, Albay was named by the DILG as the Pamana ng Lahi Awardee for excellence in local governance in the Bicol where it ranked 1st in the region and was ranked 7th in the entire country. Under his leadership, Albay has exceeded the national target in terms of targets achieved in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
With his pioneering work in climate change adaptation, he was conferred in 2012 by the United Nations as being the First Senior Global Champion of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and in 2011 was similarly bestowed the Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism. Governor Salceda also received the Man of the Year Award by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2007 and was appointed as International Advisor to the Incheon Metropolitan Authority, South Korea in 2009. With his recent reappointment, Governor Salceda will be Incheon’s International Advisor until 2013.