Consul Zaldy B. Patron joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and currently holds the rank of Career Minister. Prior to his assignment at the Philippine Consulate General New York in September 2008, he served as Director of the Office of Asean Affairs in Manila. He was also assigned as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 2002 to 2005 and as Third Secretary and Vice Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1999 to 2002. From 1996 to 1999, he held various positions in the DFA’s office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs, Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs, Office of Protocol, and Office of Policy Planning and Coordination.
Consul Patron was conferred the Gawad Mabini Award (rank of Dakilang Kasugo) in August 2007 for his performance in the Philippine hosting of the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and related meetings in Manila. He was a participant in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program on “U.S. Foreign Policy in the ASEAN Framework” held in September 2007.
Consul Patron graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned his Master in Business Administration degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business.