Plenary Session I
He is the 54th Commandant of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command & General Staff College and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982.
He is a recipient of numerous military medals, ribbons, honors and civilian awards (a two-time recipient of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran award); has excelled in numerous military trainings here and abroad (graduating 5th from the Command and General Staff Course in 2002); and has shown great interest in nation building and peace building by actively pursuing the AFP’s intensified Stakeholder Engagement efforts.
He is a huge advocate of disaster resiliency and has dedicated himself to empowering military first responders. He likewise consistently nurtures relationship with other stakeholders in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, and has initiated steps in the procurement of cutting-edge technologies for use in disaster response and relief.
He presently holds two positions in the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines: Chief of the Plans and Programs Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, J3, and currently the Deputy Chief of the Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center.
Prior to his current positions, he was given significant field-based assignments in the Visayas and Mindanao region where he was able to serve as a platoon leader and later as company commander. Though he spent much time in the field, he had several positions in the Headquarters of the Philippine Army, which includes: Chief of Plans Branch of the Personnel Division and as Assistant Head of the Military Operations Department Head of the Command and Staff School.
A well-decorated officer, he has received numerous awards and commendations majority of which were due to his combat and field accomplishments. His awards include the Distinguished Service Star, Bronze Cross Medals, numerous Military Merit Medals and Military Commendation Medals. He is also a recipient of a distinguished alumnus award (Cavalier Award) in the field of Army Operations from the Philippine Military Academy in 1993. He is one of the youngest if not the youngest who received such award since the Academy’s birth in 1905.
Mon Isberto is the concurrent public affairs head of the Philippines’ biggest telecommunications firm, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), and its wholly-owned wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc.
His media experience spans 17 years of work in newspapers, wire service, television and public relations. He was a special sections editor of a leading Philippine business daily and Manila bureau chief of an international wire service covering not only domestic events, but also regional and international development issues. He was executive producer of a leading public affairs program and a talk show host of a business and general affairs morning program. He also served as the vice president for public affairs of a major broadcast network.
Outside of the PLDT Group, he is president of Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), he is also a fellow of the Social Weather Stations – an independent opinion poll organization, an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, and a member of the National Press Club, the Philippine Futuristic Society, and the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines.
He is considered an expert in MERALCO’s operations covering, electric system planning, utility operations, maintenance, facilities control, energy supply, power contracting, and environmental safety having been with the company for a total of 36 years.
His Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management, seminars and studies locally and abroad, and his exposure to various organizations further contributed to his expertise. His work requires close interaction not only with different organizations in MERALCO but also with NGCP, ERC, DOE, DENR, PEMC/WESM large industrial/commercial customers, developers and consultants. His contribution can be manifested in the continuing development and reliable and safe operation of MERALCO’s 115 kV and 69 kV subtransmission system, 230 kV and 115 kV substations and 20kV/34.5 kV and 13.8 kV distribution systems within the franchise from Pampanga Province in the north, to Metro Manila in the central, and to Quezon Province in the south.
He is a lifetime member and former board trustee of Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE), member and former board trustee of MIT EE Alumni Association (MITEEA), member of ERC’s Grid Management Committee (GMC-ERC) serving as Chairman in 2010, former board member of MIESCORRAIL, and board member of Meralco Savings and Loan Association.