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Board of Trustees and Committees

The corporate powers and functions of GSIS are vested in and exercised by the Board of Trustees composed of the President and General Manager and eight other members appointed by the President, one (1) of whom shall be either the President of the Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA) or the President of the Philippine Association of School Superintendents (PASS), another two (2) shall represent the leading organizations or associations of government employees/retirees, another four (4) from the banking, finance, investment and insurance sectors, and one(1) recognized member of the legal profession who at the time of appointment is also a member of GSIS.

Chairman Maldia FRANCISCO T. DUQUE III, M.D., M.Sc. – Chairman
Age: 60
Date of First Appointment: February 21, 2017

Dr. Francisco T. Duque III was chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) from 2010 to 2015.

As head of the Philippines’ central personnel agency, he was instrumental in developing the five-year CSC Roadmap for Development/Reforms, which served as the blueprint in implementing priority programs for the 1.4 million government workforce.

He led the institution in achieving a satisfaction rating of 98 percent among five government frontline service agencies in Pulse Asia Survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2011, first quarter of 2013, and third quarter of 2014.

He also steered the adoption of the Performance Governance System (PGS), which set the CSC’s vision of becoming “Asia’s Leading Center of Excellence for Strategic Human Resource and Organization Development by 2030.” Among his outstanding initiatives was the PGS-Balanced Scorecard that earned for CSC four times the Governance Trailblazer Seal from the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and the National Competitiveness Council.

Under his leadership, CSC became the first government agency in Southeast Asia to be accredited by the international accrediting body of Investors in People (IiP) Philippines for meeting global standards in human resources systems. It was also during his term when CSC was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013 for establishing a quality management system in cases adjudication, examination administration, appointments processing that met international standards, and the training service process in its Civil Service Institute.

In 2014, he was the first government official to be awarded People Manager of the Year in Public Sector (National Level) by the People Management Association of the Philippines.

Prior to CSC, Dr. Duque was Secretary of the Department of Health in 2005-2010, where he earned high approval and satisfaction ratings (Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station) from 2005 to 2009. In 2008, he received the Communication Excellence in Organizations Award (CEO EXCEL) from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

He was president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) in 2001-2005 when it flourished as the nation’s largest social security institution of government in terms of membership. When he then became chairman of the Philippine Social Security Association (PhilSSA), he initiated the conduct of the first-ever National Convention on Social Security in 2004.

For these and his innumerable achievements, he was esteemed as a pioneering educator, visionary civil leader, and innovating health care provider.

He finished his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1982. In 1987, he earned his Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He took a postgraduate course under the Executive Education Program at the Harvard University of Public Health in 1992.

Chairman Maldia WILFREDO C. MALDIA – Trustee
Age: 68
Date of First Appointment: December 9, 2016
Trainings / Seminars Attended:

  • 2004 – Executive Risk Management Training Program for Senior Management conducted on October 26, 2004 at Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City
  • 2010 – International Financial Literacy Briefings conducted on April 9 – 19, 2010 in New York, USA. “The Premier Business Leadership Series” Conference held on October 26-28, 2010 in Las Vegas
  • 2012 – Forum on Financing Agriculture conducted by World Bank on 29 March 2012 in Kampala, Uganda
  • 2015 – Corporate Governance Seminar conducted by Center for Global Best Practices on July 15, 2015
  • 2016 – Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Prevention Seminar conducted by BSP-AMLA Council in ROPALI Plaza, Ortigas in July 2016

Trustee WILFREDO C. MALDIA graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, major in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna in 1969. In 1979, he also completed his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce major in Accounting from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and immediately obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Philippine Christian University in 1984.

Currently, Trustee Maldia holds various directorship positions in the private sector. He sits as an independent director in the Board of the First Valley Development Bank and as member of the Board of ROTECO, Yamang Lupa’t Dagat Corporation, and CEAM Corporation.

Prior to his appointment to the GSIS Board, he served as senior adviser to the Ropali Group of Companies, and as director of the Farmers Savings & Loan Bank, Inc. and Banco Alabang Inc. (A Rural Bank). He also worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank as financial & organizations specialist for Agricultural Development Bank of Nepal, Agricultural Credit Specialist for Bangladesh Krishi Bank, and as rural credit specialist of the Estanislao Lavin & Associates. He was likewise the financial specialist/expert of the Urban Integrated Consultants, Incorporated and Livestock Development Program Office (LDPO) & the Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran (KKK). He also worked as Farm Manager at Universal Robina Corporation, a private company engaged in food manufacturing business.

Trustee Maldia has also worked in the government sector for about 40 years, of which, 36 years were spent at the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK). He started his career at LANDBANK as a senior project analyst in 1976 (for 3 years), after a short stint working as an agronomist and researcher in the Bureau of Plant Industry and Bureau of Agricultural Economics, respectively, from 1971 to 1974. With his passion to work, he consistently rose from the ranks. In 2007, he became the Executive Vice President and head of the LANDBANK’s Agrarian and Domestic Banking Sector (ADBS) covering the agrarian, banking and lending operations until his retirement in 2012. With his leadership, Trustee Maldia has developed and introduced various innovative lending programs in the field of agriculture and finance.

As ADBS head, he also chaired various committees, namely: Domestic Banking Loans Committee, Branch Operations Committee, Official Development Assistance Bids and Awards Committee, ADBS Sectoral Committee. He was likewise a member of the Board of LANDBANK subsidiaries (i.e, Masaganang Sakahan Incorporated and LANDBANK Insurance Brokerage Inc), and member of the Governing Board of the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool.

In 2008, he was recognized as one of the most distinguished alumni of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños.

ROMEO M. ALIP – Trustee
Age: 54
Date of First Appointment: September 24, 2013
Trainings / Seminars Attended:

  • 2014 – Strategic Planning Seminar Workshop, conducted by Mr. Gerardo A. Plana and Ms. Tess Villanueva (held on July 24-25, 2014 at the Planta Hotel Bacolod)
  • 2014 – Orientation Course on Corporate Governance; conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (held on March 6, 2014 at the Manila Peninsula, Makati)
  • 2015 – Strategic Planning Session, July 23-24, 2015 at the Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay City, Cavite

Trustee ROMEO M. ALIP earned two degrees in Education from Magsaysay Memorial College namely, Bachelor in Elementary Education in 1986 and Bachelor of Science in Education in 1989. He also completed his Master of Arts in Education from Columban College in 1989. He obtained his Doctorate degree in Philosophy from Angeles University Foundation in 1993.

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Currently, he is the President of the Philippine Association of Schools Superintendents and Central Luzon Association of Schools Superintendent. He is the Schools Division Superintendent for the Bulacan Division Office of the Department of Education.

As a seasoned educator, Trustee Alip is a recipient of several awards including Meritorious and Outstanding Service Rendered to the Organization by the Boy Scout of the Philippines in 2011, Top Achievers Award in the Medium-Sized Division in the 2009 National Achievement Test, and Recognition Award for Excellent Public Service from the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Malolos in 2007.

Age: 60
Date of First Appointment: October 25, 2016
Trainings / Seminars Attended:

  • 2014 – Public Corporate Governance- Land Bank of the Philippines
  • 2011 – Applied Treasury and ALM Best Practices
  • 2009 – ICD Working Session on Corporate Governance
  • 2008 – Corporate Governance / Development of Rating System
  • 2004 – Regional Conference of the ASEAN Confederation of the Institutes of Internal Auditors- The Institute of Internal Auditors-Philippines and Information Systems Audit and Control Association
  • 2004 – Risk Management in Banking – Sweden (sponsored by SIDA)
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Trustee JOCELYN DE GUZMAN CABREZA comes to GSIS with impeccable professional credentials. A certified public accountant and a master’s degree holder, Trustee Cabreza was an Executive Vice President of Land Bank of the Philippines before her appointment to the GSIS Board. She was also a former Director of the Land Bank Resources Development Corp. and the Land Bank Countryside Development Foundation.

A seasoned banker, she is equipped with 37 years of extensive experience in various areas of banking and finance, internal audit operations and strategic policy formulation and implementation. She has established a track record of integrity, professionalism and strong work ethic in the corporate world.

Trustee Cabreza started her career as an auditor of Commission on Audit, assigned at the Philippine National Bank. In 1982, she joined Land Bank as branch accountant and steadily climbed the ladder to become EVP in 2012. As EVP/Sector Head for the Branch Banking Sector, she supervised the bank’s 362 branches and extension offices nationwide, remittance operations in 25 countries, credit card operations, electronic banking and conditional cash transfers operations. She is credited for the bank’s deposit growth of more than 100% during her term as EVP, enabling the bank to reach the trillion-peso mark in total assets. She attributed this feat to the support and cooperation of the employees.

Trustee Cabreza currently chairs the GSIS Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk Oversight Committee. She is also a Director of National Reinsurance Corp of the Philippines and Banco Laguna Inc.

Having risen from the ranks, the new trustee has a “heart for the people.” She believes that the most valuable asset of an organization is its people. She also considers her appointment as an opportunity to serve fellow government workers.

trustee dela cruz JONATHAN A. DE LA CRUZ – Trustee
Age: 64
Date of First Appointment: December 12, 2016

Trustee JONATHAN A. DE LA CRUZ is a veteran workers’ advocate, diplomat, journalist, management consultant, community organizer, and most notably, an outstanding member of the 14th and 16th Congress. With over thirty years of experience in both government and private sector, his life long passion has been the promotion of the welfare and well being of the Filipino workingman, particularly, (1) teachers, workers and other stakeholders in the educational sector and their families including parents and students, and (2) OFWs, who have been hailed as the country’s modern day heroes.

A product of the public schools, Trustee de la Cruz has been involved at a very young age in the promotion of pro-people causes. He was elected Ateneo de Manila University Student Council President and served concurrently as Editor-in-Chief of the school paper, GUIDON/PANDAYAN at the height of student activism in 1972. In 1973, he joined the staff of the Board of Investments (BOI) and in 1975, after the enactment of the Labor Code, he was enlisted by then Minister of Labor and Employment Blas F. Ople to join the agency becoming the youngest Director of the Bureau of Employment Services (BES) – the precursor of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). While still with the DOLE, de la Cruz was enlisted to take up a teaching job on economics at the University of the Philippines (Manila).

He also served as a member of the Governing Boards of the Overseas Employment Development Board (OEDB), the National Seaman Board (NSB) and the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), all of whose functions have since been incorporated into the POEA and its twin, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWAA).

His pioneering initiatives under the Marcos administration through the guidance of then Minister Ople paved the way for a more orderly and organized deployment of OFWs and Filipino companies abroad by providing better protection and incentives for all of them. The rules, regulations and practices which Trustee de la Cruz introduced including, among others, the provision of mandatory pre-departure orientation programs for workers and their families, skills training and values formation and continuing education for all stakeholders in the overseas employment/services industry helped propel the program into the critical plank of the national economy that it is today and a model for many worker sending countries worldwide. For his untiring efforts in behalf of our OFWs and the working class, he was awarded the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Employment and Workers Welfare in 1981.

In 1983, as the deployment of millions of Filipinos in the booming Middle East labor and services market grew to unprecedented levels he was asked to serve as the Director-General (with the rank of Deputy Minister and Ambassador-At-Large) of the Labor Center for Middle East and Africa covering 16 countries in the region and concurrently assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Within that period, he organized a number of trade and investments missions and pioneered in the development of bilateral labor and social services agreements with many of the host countries in the area.

Returning to the private sector in 1986, he served as adviser to various local government units (LGUs) in the fields of investments, trade and tourism. Since 1989, he became an active member of the working press and is presently a co-anchor of the daily morning radio show KARAMBOLA over DWIZ and wrote a regular column for Business Mirror, Tribune and People’s Journal.

Since 2009, upon his induction as a member of the House of Representatives, he has consistently infused the kind of vigor and creativity in the effort to enhance employment generation and productive and responsible relations among all stakeholders in the workplace. He actively participated in the enactment of various laws meant to enhance the welfare of our workers and their families such as the Pre-Need Code, the Amended Migrant Workers Act, CARPER, Amended Senior Citizens Act and the Second Salary Standardization Plan for government employees, among others.

After taking the reins of leadership of the ABAKADA Party List, Trustee de la Cruz actively initiated the setting up of libraries and reading centers nationwide, provided advise to organizations dedicated to skills training and values formation for out-of-school youth and initiated projects with various education and training institutions for the accelerated introduction of alternative learning systems (ALS).

An exemplary student leader, a dedicated public servant and an ardent advocate of workers welfare and societal reform, Trustee de la Cruz can provide the energy and spark needed to optimize the benefits due to GSIS stakeholders, our country and our people in an increasingly interdependent and globalized world.

Age: 58
Date of First Appointment: November 16, 2016

  • 2014 – Professional Directors Program, conducted by the Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD) on August 28 – 29, 2014
  • 2014 – Basic Non-Life Insurance, conducted by AFP General Insurance Corporation
  • 2014 to 2016 – Strategic Planning Seminar Workshop, conducted by Professor Jose Navarro. September 2014, September 2015, September 2016.

Trustee ALAN R. LUGA (LTGEN, RET., AFP) obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Philippine Military Academy in 1981. In 1994, he acquired his MBA units from the Ateneo De Manila University Graduate School of Business. He completed a Master’s Degree in Military Arts and Science at the US Army Command and General Staff College in 2002.

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Trustee Luga is the current President and CEO of AFP General Insurance Corporation. He is also a member of the following insurance organizations: Insurance Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Inc., Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, Philippine Insurers Club, and the Philippine Machinery Management Services Corp.

Prior to his appointment to the GSIS, he was the Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before his compulsory retirement on May 12, 2014 after 38 years of continued military service. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Commander of the AFP Southern Luzon Command. He was also the Commander of two Infantry Brigades (the 802nd Infantry Bde and the 1001st Infantry Bde) from 2008 to 2011 and the Commander for the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in 2012. He was a member of the GRP Peace Panel for the GRP-MILF Peace Talks as the Chairman of the ADHOC Joint Action Group, OPAPP in 2011 – 2012. In 2005 – 2006, he was the Chief of the AFP Command Center as well as the Secretary, Army General Staff. He was deployed as Deputy Commander of the Philippine Battalion for the International Forces in East Timor and later as Chief Plans of the Peace Keeping Force of UNTAET in East Timor from 1999 to 2001.

Trustee Luga has held various military and corporate positions. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Camp Aguinaldo Golf and Country Club from 2013 to 2014, and of the AFP Housing Board on the same years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Riviera Sports & Country Club, Inc. from 2014 to 2016, and served as a member of the AFP Board of Generals from 2013 to 2014.

trustee sasin ANTHONY B. SASIN – Trustee
Age: 76
Date of First Appointment: December 9, 2016

Trustee ANTHONY B. SASIN graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Major in Management, from the Ateneo de Davao University.

Prior to his appointment, he served as Undersecretary for the Office of the Presidential Adviser for New Government (2007-2008); as Presidential Assistant for Regional Concerns (Southern Mindanao); and as Barangay Captain of Barangay 3A, Davao City (1971-1972).

In the private sector, Trustee Sasin was Executive Director for the Don Antonio Floirendo, Sr. Foundation; Executive Vice President for Industrial Relations Division of Anflo Management and Investment Corporation; President of Grand Aide Manpower Services, Inc.; and General Manager of Cougar Security Agency and Davao Motor Sales Corporation.

Currently, Trustee Sasin is the Management Consultant and a Member of the Board of Anflo Management and Investment Corporation. He is also the President of Masters Port Services, Inc. (MPSI).

Trustee Sasin is a staunch advocate and defender of workers’ rights and interests. He has been a member of the National Directorate of the Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP Partylist) since 2009 and was elected as its Vice President in March 2016.

Age: 46
Date of First Appointment: December 9, 2016

Trustee NINA RICCI YNARES-CHIONGBIAN obtained her degree in Business Management from De La Salle University in 1993. She also attended law school at San Beda College of Law from 1993 to 1996.

After graduating from college, she began her career in the real estate industry. She also has a passion for food which led her to culinary classes, locally and abroad, namely at the Lorenzo de Medici Université in Florence, Italy in 2001 and at the Le Cordon Bleu in Florence, Italy. She is also an undergraduate at the Philippine School of Interior Design.

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In 1992, she served as the Junior Philippine Women’s Club President-Binangonan Chapter until 1998. She eventually became her father’s chief of staff and liaison officer at the Governor’s Office during his term. Trustee Ynares-Chiongbian is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Manila Luxury Condominium Corporation and JNM Realty and Development Corporation.

She is the daughter of Former Governor Casimiro “Ito” Ynares, Jr. and incumbent Governor Rebecca “Nini” Alcantara – Ynares.

She is married to James Chiongbian II and a proud mother of 2 boys – James Roy III and Casimiro.