Plenary Session I
He is the Senior Vice President – Power Trading and Sales of Aboitiz Power; Director of Philippine Electric Market Corporation; and President and Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Independent Power Producers Association.
He graduated from Santa Clara University, California, U.S.A. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering, and took his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.
He is an Independent Director of EDC since July 2011. He is likewise connected with the Ramos for Peace and Development Foundation, and is concurrently a consultant/adviser at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the President.
A graduate of AB Economics from UST, he was also an American Field Service scholar. He completed special studies on social market economy, and party building and parliamentary government at Conrad Adenauer Foundation Institute in Germany.
He has served the government as Undersecretary at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and as Special Envoy to the Middle East. He was also instrumental in reforming the maritime industry and rationalizing the land transport sector.
He was past president of the National Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. He conceived, organized and led the First Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition in May 2006 and the “first and only women traverse” of Mt. Everest by three Pinays in May 2007. After finishing the highest marathon on earth – the 2008 Mt Everest Marathon – he went directly to the sea and built the “Balangay,” an exact replica of a boat similar to the ancient sea craft dug up in Butuan City carbon dated 320 A.D., and sailed it together with an intrepid crew of Filipinos around the Philippines and Southeast Asia for 15 months solely powered by the wind and steered by the stars to highlight the superb seamanship and daringness of our ancestors as they sailed and habited the vast Pacific and Indian Oceans.
His main preoccupation today is getting involved with groups exploring alternative sources of clean and renewable fuel for the transport sector to mitigate climate change.
Professor Ernesto D. Garilao is the President of the Zuellig Family Foundation, whose mission is to reduce health inequities to improve health outcomes of the poor.
He was a faculty member at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) from 1999 to 2010, founding Executive Director (2004-2009) at the AIM-Team Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides and Associate Dean of the AIM Center for Development Management (CDM). He served as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from 1992- 1998 under the administration of former President Fidel Ramos and Vice-Chairperson of the Social Reform Council, the highest policy-making body for the Philippines’ anti-poverty programs from 1994-1998. He also served as Project Officer (1971) and Executive Director (1978-1992) of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
He was an instructor at the Notre Dame of Jolo College (Sulu) in 1968-1969.
He took his Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1988) and Master in Management (with Distinction) from the Asian Institute of Management (1982).
He is the head of Pasig City’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRMM) Office. For the past 15 years, he was at the helm of the City’s Rescue.
He has an exhaustive portfolio of nationally accredited training and exercises, and an impressive knowledge and experiences in issues related to disasters such as preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.
He has been a consistent advocate of the maxim “service to others so that others may live.” Thus, his outstanding contribution to both his profession and the field of DRRM has merited special recognitions from various organizations and local government units.
Among his most noteworthy accomplishments was the design and management of the Emergency Operations Center or Pasig C3 – one of the most advanced Operations Center in the country.
He was elected into Office in May 2010 and was reelected by a landslide for another term in 2013. Concurrently, he is the public relations officer for the National Capital Region of the League of Cities of the Philippines, as well as Chairman of the Social Development Committee of the Regional Development Council of the Metro Manila Development Authority.
He is known as a pioneer and progressive advocate of solutions for environment issues and climate change. Under his leadership, Quezon City became the first city in the Philippines to implement a Green Building Ordinance, enforcing sustainable building designs throughout the city. He has mandated a greening program as a component of all road and real estate development projects. He is leading the city to reduce its carbon footprint through the shift of public facilities towards alternative energy sources, wider installation of systems for resource reuse, and restrictions in the use of non-biodegradable materials such as plastic bags. His urban development framework anchors the City’s housing and resettlement program on disaster-risk reduction as well as quality of life enrichment.
His climate change mitigation activism has led to the recognition of the city’s success stories in global forums and international movements, where he is recognized as a pioneer and a strong advocate of environmental and disaster-risk reduction programs.