THE CURRENT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
In 2019, the current nine-member Board of Trustees was appointed. The Board of Trustees is composed of the following:
Edgar Frederick V. Generoso, assumed on July 2019
An economist and a leading adviser in government finance, Mr. Generoso is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Executive Committee. He graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Economics in 1968.
Prior to his appointment as a Trustee of the NPF and later as Chairperson, Mr. Generoso was previously the President of the AgriBusiness Rural Bank. He has also held crucial positions in several banking and finance organizations, such as the Vice President for Support Service and then for Account Management of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank, the First Vice President for Corporate Planning of BankWise, Inc., and was also a Vice President of the Landbank of the Philippines. One of his notable positions was as President and CEO of the People’s Credit and Finance Corporation.
Teresita M. Amansec, assumed on 15 July 2019
Having her own travel agency and a line of hotels and restaurants, Ms. Amansec is considered the hospitality services expert in the Board of Trustees. She is currently the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Management and Accounting, from the University of the East.
Ms. Amansec has served as the President and CEO of Corinthians Travel and Tours, her own travel agency, since its inception in 1994 until the present. She has also been an instrumental part of several other business ventures in this industry, such as Casita de San Martin, a hostel and dormitory in Banawe, Quezon City; Hilik Hostel and Boutique in Makati City; and Cookbook Kitchen in Eastwood, Libis. Additionally, she is also a veteran in public service, having previously worked as a Senior Clerk, then Executive Assistant and then Budget Officer at the Department of Public Works and Highways from 1984 to 1992.
Cesar DG. Aljama, assumed on 21 January 2019A conferred Senior Fellow of the Singapore Royal Institution of Architects, Mr. Aljama is an active member of the United Architects of the Philippines and currently the UAP Official Representative to Government Agencies and Private Institutions. Prior to that, he formed the UAP Laguna Chapter and served as its Chapter President in 1994.
Mr. Aljama graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1976 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and subsequently worked in the Ministry of Human Settlements, where he was exposed to urban planning, land use, and comprehensive planning and development projects. Later in the National Housing Authority, he worked for resettlement areas and slum improvement projects in various target centers in the country.
Ruth Marie I. Equipaje, assumed on 21 January 2019
Ms. Equipaje is a registered architect and environmental planner, and practicing as an urban planner, design architect, and sustainability consultant. Currently, she is a research associate and assistant professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and the Graduate School, and a private practitioner working as a consultant of local government in the Philippines on planning for sustainable towns and cities.
Ms. Equipaje studied at the University of Santo Tomas and graduated with a degree in Architecture, before pursuing her post-graduate studies. She earned her Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Development degree in 2013 at the University of Oxford.
In 2013, she became one of the founding members of the Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Resilient Environments, a nonprofit organization that assisted in the rehabilitation plans of the towns devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) working with GIZ and USAID project in the Livable Cities Design Challenge as mentor of participating cities in 2014. Other professional affiliations are the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and Philippine Institute of Environmental Planner (PIEP).
Paolo S. Laurel, assumed on 11 March 2019
Mr. Laurel is a fourth-generation educator and administrator of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and the great-grandson of its founder, the late President Jose P. Laurel. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with a minor in Economics, and pursued his Master of Management from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Upon his return, he joined LPU as the Executive Assistant to the President, Atty. Roberto P. Laurel. Concurrent to his position as Executive Assistant, he was assigned a deanship in an OIC capacity of the College of Arts & Sciences in LPU Manila. Mr. Laurel also placed amongst the top 3 finalists of the Young Achievers Category in the Australian Alumni Excellence Awards held by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines in 2018.
Michelle A. Ong, assumed January 2019Ms. Ong earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences at the University of the Philippines Manila. She took her Master in Public Administration in Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) where she taught in the graduate program and is currently taking her Doctorate. She spent years at the forefront of promoting Pampanga’s culture and her research regarding advocating cultural diversity was awarded the Most Outstanding Research at the University of Nevada, USA. Consequently, she is an avid supporter of the arts, particularly film and theatre arts, and also enjoys painting.
Ms. Ong was elected as NPF Executive Director until August 2019. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she was the Assistant Executive Director of Project Redland of Clark Development Corporation where she developed the resonant approach for the purpose of just and humane relocation.
Mariness Lio L. Ciudadano, assumed on 03 December 2019
Ms. Ciudadano recently joined the Board of Trustees upon her appointment by the President in December 2019. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ciudadano served in several government agencies and offices, practicing and giving counsel on law. She has previously worked in the Court of Appeals as a Court Attorney, and much later on with the Department of Interior and Local Government, notably as the Executive Director of the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan Project. She also taught law at the La Salle-Far Eastern University MBA-JD Program for a while.
Prior to becoming a member of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Ciudadano has been more involved in the private sector offering legal services to the Ayala Corporation. Ms. Cuidadano graduated with a degree in BS Accountancy, magna cum laude from Ateneo de Davao University, where she also later earned her Bachelor of Laws, cum laude. She is a CPA-Lawyer.
Lucille Karen E. Malilong-Isberto, assumed on 21 January 2019
An advocate for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage and good governance, Ms. Isberto is the current Executive Director of Nayong Pilipino Foundation. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in BS Economics, magna cum laude, and later, Bachelor of Laws from the same university.
She specialized in litigation and intellectual property law before moving to cultural and environmental advocacy and policy work. Ms. Isberto then started her own practice and advised cultural and environmental NGOs. She also represented the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) at the National Committee on Monuments and Sites (NCMS) in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. As NCMS head from 2014-2016, she worked on the creation of policies and programs for Conservation Management Plans for built heritage, participatory cultural mapping for local government units and communities, and grants for research in culture and the arts.
Ms. Isberto is the sole Philippine expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues. She has published works on cultural heritage and human rights and on Philippine heritage law, and also taught art law and policy.