Pelegrin Castillo

Pelegrín Horacio Castillo Semán ( San Francisco de Macoris , Dominican Republic , April 22, 1956) was the first to be Minister of Energy and Mines of the Dominican Republic; Has been in charge since April 2014. 1 He was elected deputy in 2010 for a period of 6 years, but in 2014 he resigned to take over the new ministry already mentioned. 2 3 In 2012, he was a pre-candidate for the presidential election of that year in the Dominican Republic.

He is the first vice-president of the National Progressive Force , a party that has been a candidate for a National Congress deputation since 1994, winning on five occasions that has been postulated ever since.


In the elections for the congress of 2006 turned out to be the most voted deputy of his country, obtaining more than 20,000 votes in the influential district 1 of the National District.

In July 2010 he officially launched his candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic.

For over a decade he has been a university professor in the most prestigious Dominican universities, such as the Universidad Iberoamericana ( UNIBE ), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), where he taught Subjects such as Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, History of Political Ideas and Rights of the Sea. He has also been a teacher in the schools of senior military studies of the Armed Forces.


He was born on April 22, 1956 in the city of San Francisco de Macoris. He is the son of lawyer Marino Vinicio Castillo , and of Mrs. Sogela Semán, of Lebanese descent. 4 At an early age he was baptized into the Catholic faith. He is the oldest of his brothers.

He grew up in a family of lawyers and politicians with a long tradition of participating in patriotic struggles for the independence and restoration of the Republic. He has been the fourth legislator of his family.

From the early years of his adolescence he showed a great interest in reading, especially historical issues, and politics.

In 1984 he married Dr. Daphne Arbaje, with whom he has fathered three children: Daphne Natalia, Manuel María and Pelegrín Enrique.


Pelegrín did his basic, intermediate and high school studies at the Dominican School De La Salle, Santo Domingo. After completing his baccalaureate, he entered the Universidad Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), where he graduated in 1978 with a law degree, Magna Cum Laude.

From then on, he continued his studies in various postgraduate courses, diplomas and courses, among which the Electoral Systems Course, Ebert Foundation, Heilderberg University (1987); Diploma in International Economic Relations and Integration, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (1996); Post-Degree in International Economics and Foreign Trade, University of Barcelona-Intec, (1999) and the Program for Managers in the Design and Management of Policies, Programs and Social Projects, INDES-BID-INTEC (2001). He also studied Political Science, also at UNPHU.

Career Politics

At only 24 years old, he was one of the founding members of the National Progressive Force (FNP), a political party created on July 6, 1980 by his father.

He was Secretary of Press and Propaganda of the FNP from its foundation until the year 2000. He was director of the newspaper of the party called “The Force of the Truth”.

In 1994 he was one of the negotiators of the alliance between the National Progressive Force and the Dominican Liberation Party for the elections of that year.

In the period 2002-2006 he was vice president of the Union of Latin American Parties.

In 2006 he became the Organization Secretary of the FNP, a position he holds until 2010, when he is elected vice-president of that party.

Legislative work

He is recognized as one of the most active legislators in the Dominican National Congress. For several periods it has been affirmed that it has the highest percentage of attendance to the Chamber of Deputies and at the same time that it is the congressman with more bills submitted and approved. There is no verifiable evidence to date.

His projects show a particular commitment to legislate on issues that form what he calls “the big little agenda”. The defense of life, the security of citizens, the offer of greater opportunities and freedoms, have inspired much of its initiatives.

It has focused its legislative efforts on issues that include national and international aspects, such as the redefinition of the Dominican Republic’s maritime boundaries, the promotion of foreign trade, access to new technologies, oil exploration, incentives for renewable energies, The basic protection of the environment, work, domestic production, Dominican-Haitian relations, the fight against organized crime and the reform of the Dominican State.

He was the only member of the commission of jurists appointed by President Leonel Fernandez to draft the constitutional reform bill in 2007.

Memberships and public experiences .

• Founder and Member of the Board of Nationalist Union.

• Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Chamber of Deputies, 1994, 1995-1996-1997.

• Member of the Commissions of: Frontiers, Security and National Defense and Environment of the Chamber of Deputies, 1994 and 1996.

• President Committee on Industry and Trade 1996-2006), Chamber of Deputies.

• Member of the Bicameral Commission for Reform and Modernization of the National Congress, 1996-1998.

• Member of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Reform of the Presidential Commission for State Reform and Modernization.

• Syrian-Lebanese-Palestinian Club Member and the Domino-China Chamber of Commerce and Culture.

• Member of the Bar Association of the Dominican Republic, Law Firm Lic. Pelegrín Castillo (1901) 4th. Generation of Lawyers.

• Member of the Duartian Institute.

• Honorary Member of the Dominican Naval League.

• National Consultant of Transparency Program for the Design of Measures against Administrative Corruption of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Attorney General’s Office.

• Member of the Economic and External Debt Commission of the Latin American Parliament.

• Member of the Bolivar Program National Commission and president of the Parliamentary Support Group for the Bolivar RD Program since 1995.

• Member of the Inter-Parliamentary Commissions Domino-Israel, Dominic-China, Dominic-French, Dominic-Argentina.

• Founder of the National Committee for Protection of the National Labor Market, 1997.

• Syrian-Lebanese-Palestinian Club Director (1998).

• Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Haiti Committee is the responsibility of the International Community.

• Chairman of the Committee on Sea Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies (2010)

• President Energy and Mines of the Chamber of Deputies (2006-2010)

At present, the lawyer Pelegrín Castillo is candidate for the presidency of the Dominican Republic by the National Progressive Force and the Sovereign Polo.

On the Dominican court process Castillo said that “The next elections are the last chance to recover” (see link)


  1. Back to top↑ «Pelegrín Castillo is appointed in the Ministry of Energy and Mines» . Caribbean. April 24, 2014 . Accessed May 4, 2014 .
  2. Back to top↑ Ramón Pérez Reyes (April 30, 2014). «Chamber of Deputies accepts resignation of Pelegrín Castillo» . Santo Domingo: Listin Diario . Accessed May 4, 2014 .
  3. Back to top↑ «Pelegrín Castillo resigned to deputation to assume the position of Minister of Energy» . Santo Domingo: 7 days. April 28, 2014 . Accessed May 4, 2014 .
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