OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Steering ARISE-Philippines to greater heights are exemplary men and women who are top leaders from various private sector member-companies and organizations who have come together to make the country more sustainable and resilient through engaging and energizing activities aligned with the Global ARISE network’s goals.

Hans T. Sy
Co-Chair
Chairman of the Executive Committee,
SM Prime Holdings Inc.

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Hans T. Sy
Co-Chair
Chairman of the Executive Committee,
SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Hans Sy is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPH) and Adviser to the Board of SM Investments Corporation. SM Prime, which was incorporated in the Philippines in 1994, is one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia. Under Hans Sy’s leadership as its President till September 2016, SM Prime grew exponentially through offering of innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities integrating malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers.

Hans is also engaged in the management of some of the oldest institutions in the country.  He is the Chairman of China Banking Corporation, which turns 100 years old by 2020, and of the National University founded in 1900.

He is actively pushing for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) through collaborative efforts on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) in the Philippines.  Currently, he sits in the Global Board of ARISE Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (UNDRR).  He is the Co-Chairman of the National Resilience Council (NRC), a private-public sector initiative whose goal is to strengthen resilience of Local Government Units (LGUs) towards disaster-resilient Philippines.

Mr. Sy holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from De La Salle University.

VAdm Alexander P. Pama AFP(Ret)
Co-Chair
Consultant for Disaster Resilience,
SM Prime Holdings Inc.

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VAdm Alexander P. Pama AFP(Ret)
Co-Chair
Consultant for Disaster Resilience,
SM Prime Holdings Inc.

V/Adm Pama or Alex is a former Navy officer who retired from the service in 2012 as the 32nd Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy. He was then appointed Undersecretary in the Office of the President and concurrently the Executive Director of the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat. Subsequently in 2014, he was designated Undersecretary in the DND and as the Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC)and Administrator, Office of Civil defense (OCD).

He is presently the Disaster Resilience Consultant for SM Prime where among other functions, he  provides advice and inputs to the Chair of the Executive Committee of SMPHI in his personal and the company’s various international and local Disaster Resilience advocacies and DRR programs. He is concurrently, a Consultant in the National Resilience Council (NRC) where he, provides advice and significant inputs to the Council on matters particularly related to disaster risk governance by LGUs along the lines of its public-private partnership with select partner LGUs.

Concurrently, Alex is also an Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Management’s EMDRCM program as well as a Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila Master’s Degree in DRRM. He sits as a member of the Board  in various Boards such as: Central Philippine University Corporation, Oscar M Lopez Center Foundation, ReStart Me Foundation and quite recently the Weather Philippines Foundation.

During his watch at OCD/NDRRMC, then USEC Pama introduced and institutionalized various policies, programs and processes which significantly improved the country’s DRRM system, such as the institutionalization of the PDRA, the ICS, a more robust Private-Public Partnership in DRR and Resilience advocacies and endeavors.

Atty. Alexander B. Cabrera
Vice-Chair
Chairman and Senior Partner,
PwC Philippines

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Atty. Alexander B. Cabrera
Vice-Chair
Chairman and Senior Partner,
PwC Philippines

Alex, both a Certified Public Accountant and lawyer, is the Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Philippines since 2013. He specializes in tax planning, business restructuring and reorganizations, and integrated tax, legal, and accounting advice. He attended business courses at Harvard Business School, Wharton University, and IESE Business School.

He is also a board member in PwC’s Southeast Asia Regional Consulting practice and is the managing partner of Cabrera & Company.

He is Chairman of the Integrity Initiative Inc. (II, Inc.), the Management Association of the Philippines’ (MAP) Tax Committee, and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (PICPA) Taxation and Legislation Committee.

Alex has been named CEO of the Year at the Asia Leaders Awards 2019. He received the Outstanding CPA in Public Practice Award in 2015 and as Young Achiever in Public Practice Award in 1998 from PICPA. His Sunday column in the ​Philippine STAR​, “As easy as ABC”, has been a three-time finalist at the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Ma. Teresita Medado, PhD
Board Member and Treasurer
President,
Asia Pacific College

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Ma. Teresita Medado, PhD
Board Member and Treasurer
President,
Asia Pacific College

Concurrent engagements

    • Member of the Technical Panel for Teacher Education (TPTE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), 2014 to present
    • Chairperson of the Technical Committee on Alternative Learning Systems, TPTE, CHED, 2014 to present
    • Technical Expert, UNESCO Jakarta Programs on Alternative Learning System, June 2018 to present
    • Member of Talent Development Committee (TADCOM), IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines, 2019 to present

Education & Training

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Major in Educational Leadership and Management, Dela Salle University, Taft, Avenue, Manila
    • Research Agenda: Dynamics of Industry-Academe Partnership
    • Fellow, Mentoring Program, a scholarship program of Philippine Australian Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility, hosted in Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane, Australia, 2015
    • Master in Management, Asia Pacific College, Magallanes, Makati City
    • Bachelor of Science Major in Psychology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Basic Education, St. Bridget’s College, Batangas City

Maribeth Marasigan
Board Member
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Aboitiz Foundation

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Maribeth Marasigan
Board Member
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Aboitiz Foundation

 

    • Board of Trustees (2018-Present) – Vice Chairman, League of Corporate Foundations
    • Board Oversight – Committee on Enterprise Development, League of Corporate Foundations
    • Board of Trustees (2018-Present) – Association of Foundations
    • Over thirty years of valuable experience in organizational development and management, human resource, revenue management, transport and logistics, marketing and communications, and corporate social responsibility
    • Holds key positions in various social development associations and governing bodies
    • Driver of the Aboitiz Foundation’s shift to the Integrated CSR (iCSR) strategy, which strategically pools and harnesses resources towards scaled-up and more sustainable impact
    • Leads the digital transformation strategy and initiatives of the Aboitiz CSR group

Marqueza Cathalina L. Reyes, EngD
Board Member
Assistant Professor, Executive Master in DRCM Program, Zuellig School of Development Management (ZSDM),
Program Director, Strategic Disaster Risk Management and Leadership Program, School of Executive Education and Lifelong Learning (SEELL)

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Marqueza Cathalina L. Reyes, EngD
Board Member
Assistant Professor, Executive Master in DRCM Program, Zuellig School of Development Management (ZSDM),
Program Director, Strategic Disaster Risk Management and Leadership Program, School of Executive Education and Lifelong Learning (SEELL)

Dr. Marqueza Cathalina Reyes, a faculty member at the Asian Institute of Management and former Academic Program Director of the Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (EMDRCM) program.

Dr. Reyes has extensive experience in climate and disaster resilience management. She has worked all over Asia with governments and organizations involved in climate change and disaster risk reduction. She is currently a Senior Technical Advisor for Climate and Disaster Resilience to the Climate Change Commission, under the Office of the President of the Philippines.

She was a Team Lead for the Building Resilient Urban Communities – Asia, a program across ten cities in five countries, under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund of the Asian Development Bank and Oxfam.

Dr. Reyes also initiated the ASEAN Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program and led its implementation. As Department Head for Risk Assessment and Monitoring for the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand, she provided overall management for various programs and projects across Asia, including Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prior to this, Dr. Reyes also served as the Technical Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction for ASEAN and UNISDR Asia-Pacific based at the ASEAN Secretariat for almost eight years.

Dr. Reyes obtained her Doctor of Engineering in Urban Planning from the University of Kassel (magna cum laude) in Germany. She has a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

Raymond Rufino
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, NEO

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Raymond Rufino
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, NEO

Mr. Rufino is currently the CEO of NEO, the largest Owner, Developer, and Manager of Office Buildings in the Bonifacio Global City central business district in the Philippines with 7 operational developments comprising a Gross Leasable Area of almost 270,000 sqm. NEO is the only office portfolio developer with its entire portfolio certified 5 Stars under BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence), the national voluntary green building rating tool of the country – making it the top green office developer in the country. He is also the Principal, Real Estate for the Threadborne Group family office.

He currently holds the following positions:

- Global Governing Trustee, Urban Land Institute (ULI)

- Chair for Mission Advancement, ULI Philippines

- Founding Chair, Next Gen Council of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines

- Real Estate Industry Network Regional Chair – Southeast Asia, YPO

- Treasurer, Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC)

He has previously held the following positions:

-  Chapter Chair, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Philippines

-  Chairman, Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), which he helped found in 2007

- Chair, ULI Philippines

- President, Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Philippines

- Regional Director for Asia for the EO Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards – the premier global student entrepreneurship competition

Mr. Rufino is a licensed real estate broker and graduated with a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from

Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Ateneo De Manila University. He is also a member of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

He was awarded Real Estate Personality for 2015 at the 3rd Annual Philippine Property Awards. He is the youngest ever

recipient of the award. In 2016, he was also recognized as a winner in the prestigious 40 Under 40 Competition of

Urban Land Magazine which recognizes the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe.

Rene “Butch” Meily
Board Member
President,
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

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Rene “Butch” Meily
Board Member
President,
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Butch is the President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a private sector disaster management organization that includes many of the major business groups in the country. Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), his parent company, received the 2016 Prince of Wales Business in Community UPS International Disaster Relief Prize for its work in mobilizing PDRF during Super Typhoon Haiyan. PDRF currently operates the world’s only national private sector Emergency Operations Center.

Butch is also the president of IdeaSpace Foundation, a technology accelerator for early stage startup companies. He heads QBO Innovation Hub, a public private partnership launched to mentor startups. He is concurrently president of Pacific Global One, a firm formed from PLDT’s Aviation Group.

Previously, Butch was First Vice President and Special Assistant to the chairman of PLDT and president of PLDT Smart Foundation. Prior to joining PLDT, he served as Vice President, Communications for TLC Beatrice International, a food company in New York and Paris. He has worked with several New York public relations firms and a financial startup there. Butch was previously president of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and served two three year terms.

A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Butch has an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. He was a recipient of the College of Journalism’s Alumnus of Distinction award in 2000. He returned to UF in 2003 as the Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Ed Sunico
Board Member
Vice President,
Unilever Philippines

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Ed Sunico
Board Member
Vice President,
Unilever Philippines

Ed Sunico currently heads the Sustainable Business and Communications function of Unilever Philippines and is the Vice President for Communications –SEA.

Handling corporate affairs and championing sustainability, Ed translates performance into purpose as he leads Unilever’s various sustainability initiatives focused on health & nutrition, environment and livelihood with the goal to inspire change in the industry and make sustainable living commonplace.

Purpose-led and Future-fit, his organization has consistently been named as a leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as well as the Globe Scan Sustainability Leaders survey. Unilever Philippines also won the top sustainability award from the 2018 ASIA CEO Awards and named as one of the best workplaces by HR Asia.

Ed began his career in Unilever in 1991 and has worked in various roles in Customer Development and Media.

Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
Board Member
President,
National Resilience Council

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Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
Board Member
President,
National Resilience Council
Ms. Yulo Loyzaga is the President of the National Resilience Council, a science and technology-based public-private partnership aimed at the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. She is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) global Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) and its regional counterpart, the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG).  She currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Center of Excellence-Taipei (IRDR ICoE).

Ms. Yulo Loyzaga is a Trustee of the Zuellig Family Foundation, the Manila Observatory and Ateneo de Naga University.  She leads the Education and Training Theme for UNISDR’s ARISE Philippines and is a technical Adviser to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).

Prior to these appointments, Ms. Loyzaga was the Executive Director of the Manila Observatory from 2007-2016 and a Trustee of the Ateneo de Manila University from 2007-2017. During this time, she was a member of the Department of Science and Technology’s Committee on Space Technology Applications and the UNESCO National Commission’s Committee on Science and Technology. From 2016-2020, she served as the Chairperson of the International Advisory Board of the Manila Observatory.

In 2013, she was given special recognition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for her contributions to the military’s emergency disaster response operations during Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Ms. Loyzaga has a Masters in Government from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.


Engr. Ador G. Canlas
National President
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.

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Engr. Ador G. Canlas
National President
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.

Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas’ career in the public service began in 1985 when he first entered DPWH, then Ministry of Public Works and Highways, as an Electrical Engineer in Pampanga 1st District Engineering Office. Since then, his career started to rise and he held several vital engineering positions in DPWH which honed him to reach his present position as the Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations in Mindanao.

Prior to his present appointment, Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas served as Regional Director in Region 7 from 2012 to 2018. He was also appointed as the Regional Director for the DPWH’s prime region, DPWH-NCR, where his engineering expertise stood out when, he managed to complete several essential projects in NCR, through his strong leadership skills. During the height of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, various quarantine and isolation facilities were accomplished under his management.

His professional affiliations include Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) where he was elected National 2nd Vice President in 2015, National 1st Vice President in 2016, National Board of Directors FY 2011- 2013 and President Elect FY 2021. He is a life member of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP), a Life member of REAAA, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from 2009 to present.

In October 2011, Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas was ranked Top 1 in the DPWH-CSC Promotional Exam for Third Level Positions. That same year, he was conferred with the Career Executive Service Eligibility.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology from 1980-1984. He also earned another degree from 1998-2001, this time, in Civil Engineering from Holy Angel University. He is also a holder of Master Degree in Public Management from the University of the Philippines, Diliman from 1994-1995.

He was born and raised in San Fernando, Pampanga.

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Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
Board Member
President, NRC

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Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
Board Member
President,
National Resilience Council
Ms. Yulo Loyzaga is the President of the National Resilience Council, a science and technology-based public-private partnership aimed at the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. She is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) global Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) and its regional counterpart, the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG).  She currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Center of Excellence-Taipei (IRDR ICoE).

Ms. Yulo Loyzaga is a Trustee of the Zuellig Family Foundation, the Manila Observatory and Ateneo de Naga University.  She leads the Education and Training Theme for UNISDR’s ARISE Philippines and is a technical Adviser to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).

Prior to these appointments, Ms. Loyzaga was the Executive Director of the Manila Observatory from 2007-2016 and a Trustee of the Ateneo de Manila University from 2007-2017. During this time, she was a member of the Department of Science and Technology’s Committee on Space Technology Applications and the UNESCO National Commission’s Committee on Science and Technology. From 2016-2020, she served as the Chairperson of the International Advisory Board of the Manila Observatory.

In 2013, she was given special recognition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for her contributions to the military’s emergency disaster response operations during Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Ms. Loyzaga has a Masters in Government from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.


Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin
Education and Training
Manila Observatory

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Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin
Education and Training
Manila Observatory

Jose Ramon Villarin SJ is Executive Director of the Manila Observatory. He holds a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Tech, an MS in Physics from Marquette University, and BS in Physics from Ateneo de Manila. His past commitments include serving as president of the Ateneo de Manila University and as member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines. He was also lead reviewer of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in which capacity he audited the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries, and was a member of the UN Consultative Group of Experts, which helped strengthen the capacity of developing countries to deal with climate change. He was also a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a global group of scientists that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice President Al Gore. He is coordinating lead author of "The 2016 Philippine Climate Change Assessment: The Physical Science Basis" which was written with several Filipino scientists to evaluate the state of climate science in the country. He continues to chair Synergeia, an NGO dedicated to public education reform in the country.


Arnel Capili
Urban Risk Reduction & Resilience
Build Change

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Arnel Capili
Urban Risk Reduction & Resilience
Build Change

With 20 years of experience leading organizations and programs in various capacities (Deputy Executive Director, Director for Operations, Regional Director), Arnel Capili is a highly experienced international disaster management specialist. He has been involved in several large-scale humanitarian responses in Fiji, the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Taiwan and Myanmar. Arnel has also developed programs to strengthen the capacities of national and local disaster management organizations across Southeast Asia.

Arnel has spent almost a decade establishing the preparedness and response capability of the Jakarta-based Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), the regional block’s primary coordinating agency for disaster response. He was designated as the team leader of the first ASEAN Preliminary Needs Assessment mission to Northern Rakhine, Myanmar to review the repatriation plan for the displaced Rohingya communities. Prior to his stint at ASEAN, he also once served as the Corporate Emergency Specialist of the Dubai Municipality; Emergency Services Officer of the Asian Development Bank (ADB); and a Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense, the Philippines’ primary disaster management agency.

Arnel is a certified United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) member, trained in UN Humanitarian Civil Military Coordination and the World Food Programme’s Logistics Response. He holds a master’s in development administration from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts in public administration from the University of the Philippines.

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Rene “Butch” Meily
Board Member
President,
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

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Rene “Butch” Meily
Board Member
President,
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Butch is the President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a private sector disaster management organization that includes many of the major business groups in the country. Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), his parent company, received the 2016 Prince of Wales Business in Community UPS International Disaster Relief Prize for its work in mobilizing PDRF during Super Typhoon Haiyan. PDRF currently operates the world’s only national private sector Emergency Operations Center.

Butch is also the president of IdeaSpace Foundation, a technology accelerator for early stage startup companies. He heads QBO Innovation Hub, a public private partnership launched to mentor startups. He is concurrently president of Pacific Global One, a firm formed from PLDT’s Aviation Group.

Previously, Butch was First Vice President and Special Assistant to the chairman of PLDT and president of PLDT Smart Foundation. Prior to joining PLDT, he served as Vice President, Communications for TLC Beatrice International, a food company in New York and Paris. He has worked with several New York public relations firms and a financial startup there. Butch was previously president of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and served two three year terms.

A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Butch has an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. He was a recipient of the College of Journalism’s Alumnus of Distinction award in 2000. He returned to UF in 2003 as the Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Maribeth Marasigan
Board Member
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Aboitiz Foundation

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Maribeth Marasigan
Board Member
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Aboitiz Foundation

 

    • Board of Trustees (2018-Present) – Vice Chairman, League of Corporate Foundations
    • Board Oversight – Committee on Enterprise Development, League of Corporate Foundations
    • Board of Trustees (2018-Present) – Association of Foundations
    • Over thirty years of valuable experience in organizational development and management, human resource, revenue management, transport and logistics, marketing and communications, and corporate social responsibility
    • Holds key positions in various social development associations and governing bodies
    • Driver of the Aboitiz Foundation’s shift to the Integrated CSR (iCSR) strategy, which strategically pools and harnesses resources towards scaled-up and more sustainable impact
    • Leads the digital transformation strategy and initiatives of the Aboitiz CSR group


Michael Rellosa
(Re) Insurance
Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association

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Michael Rellosa
(Re) Insurance
Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association

Mr. Michael F. Rellosa recently retired as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fortune General Insurance Corporation. He however continues to serve as its consultant and sits on the board of various other corporations, notable of which is Citystate Savings Bank, a listed company where he chairs the Trust Committee.

Following Mr. Rellosa’s regional stint as Chairman of the ASEAN Insurance Council (AIC) from 2015 to 2016, he still holds the Chairmanship of the Education Committee of the ASEAN Insurance Council (AIC) composed of top insurance industry leaders in the Southeast Asian region.

An AB Economics degree holder from the Jesuit run Ateneo de Manila University, he entered the Insurance Industry straight from College through the Ayala-owned FGU insurance company. He has gone on to other companies in various capacities here and abroad and is active in the lecture and convention circuit as a resource person or invited speaker.

Concurrently, Mitch as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues, has been very active in serving the Insurance Industry through his involvement with various entities in various capacities, notable of which is the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (PIRA), the umbrella organization of all non-life insurance companies in the country. He was its chairman in 2010 and 2015, and now its Executive Director. He is also concurrently its Public Relations Committee Chairman and the designated Industry spokesperson.

He is also a regular lecturer at the Insurance Institute for Asia and the Pacific and recently was elected to its Board for the years 2021-2023. A thought leader, he firmly believes in promoting the value of insurance to the Filipino people through various projects and advocacies.

He was engaged by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as a Research Fellow for the Insurance Industry Regulatory Review on Modernizing Government Regulations.

Recently, he was appointed as the Committee Chair and Priority Area Lead on Re/Insurance, one of the 4 key priority areas of the Arise-Philippines (Private Sector Alliance on Disaster Resilient Societies).

He now writes a monthly Opinion Column for the Manila Times on topics related to Insurance, Risk Management and other topics close to his heart.


Engr. Ador G. Canlas
National President
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.

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Engr. Ador G. Canlas
National President
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc.

Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas’ career in the public service began in 1985 when he first entered DPWH, then Ministry of Public Works and Highways, as an Electrical Engineer in Pampanga 1st District Engineering Office. Since then, his career started to rise and he held several vital engineering positions in DPWH which honed him to reach his present position as the Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations in Mindanao.

Prior to his present appointment, Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas served as Regional Director in Region 7 from 2012 to 2018. He was also appointed as the Regional Director for the DPWH’s prime region, DPWH-NCR, where his engineering expertise stood out when, he managed to complete several essential projects in NCR, through his strong leadership skills. During the height of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, various quarantine and isolation facilities were accomplished under his management.

His professional affiliations include Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) where he was elected National 2nd Vice President in 2015, National 1st Vice President in 2016, National Board of Directors FY 2011- 2013 and President Elect FY 2021. He is a life member of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP), a Life member of REAAA, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from 2009 to present.

In October 2011, Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas was ranked Top 1 in the DPWH-CSC Promotional Exam for Third Level Positions. That same year, he was conferred with the Career Executive Service Eligibility.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology from 1980-1984. He also earned another degree from 1998-2001, this time, in Civil Engineering from Holy Angel University. He is also a holder of Master Degree in Public Management from the University of the Philippines, Diliman from 1994-1995.

He was born and raised in San Fernando, Pampanga.