Jose Rene Gregory D. Almendras
Academic / Professional Qualifications:
- B.S. in Business Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1981
- Strategic Business Economics Program from University of Asia & the Pacific in 1999
- Former President of Manila Water Company, Inc. (2009-2010)
- Former officer in Ayala Land, Inc.
- Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of the Philippines from March to June 2016
- Cabinet Secretary under the Office of the President from November 2012 to March 2016
- Secretary of the Department of Energy from July 2010 to October 2012
- Co-chair of the Long-Term Strategy for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held in Abu Dhabi in 2011
- Member of the Executive Board of the International Energy Forum (IEF) in 2011
Present Directorship(s)/ Position(s):
- Chairman of Light Rail Manila Holdings 6, Inc. and MCX Tollway, Inc.
- Director and President of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation
- Senior Managing Director of Ayala Corporation
- Executive Vice President of Asiacom Philippines, Inc.
- Director of Light Rail Manila Holdings, Inc., Light Rail Manila Holdings 2, Inc., AC Energy, Inc. and A2 Airport Partners, Inc.
- PHINMA (PHEN) Energy
- ASEAN Individual Excellence in Energy Management in 2013
- Order of Lakandula and Rank of Gold Cross Bayani awardee in 2016
- Under his leadership, the Department of Energy ranked as one of the Top 10 Performers, in a survey among government agencies on government performance specifically in ensuring integrity in public service
- In June 2013, he was given the rare privilege of addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the Palais des Nations, Geneva and then again in December 2013 for the United Nations’ Special Meeting of the ECOSOC in New York
- During his term as the President and CEO of Manila Water from 2009 to 2010, the Company was awarded as one of the Best Managed Companies in Asia, the Best in Corporate Governance, one of the Greenest Companies in the Philippines and hailed as the world’s Most Efficient Water Company
Cecilia T. Cruzabra
Ms. Cruzabra joined Manila Water Company in November 1, 2018. She provides operational and strategic support to the organization through his supervision of the Corporate Finance and Strategy Group.
She is part of the Senior Leadership Team of Manila Water. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc., Boracay Island Water Company, Inc., Manila Water Consortium, Inc., Laguna AAAWater Corporation, Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Manila Water South Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd., Manila South East Asia Water Holdings Pte. Ltd., Manila Water Thailand Holdings Pte. Ltd., Thu Duc Water Holdings Pte. Ltd., and Kenh Dong Water Holdings Pte. Ltd. She is also a director, and the Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer of Clark Water Corporation.
Ms. Cruzabra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Honor Program) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1986. She also completed her Masters in Business Administration degree from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 1990.
Ms. Cruzabra’s work experience spans 32 years. She started her career in 1986 as an Investment Analyst in Sun Hung Kai Securities, Philippines, while concurrently teaching Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. In 1990, she started deepening her career in Finance when she moved to Metro Pacific Corporation (“Metro Pacific”) as a Management Trainee in Finance. There she was given on-the-job training in Treasury, Capital Budgeting, Budget, Cost Accounting System. After two years with Metro Pacific, Ms. Cruzabra took on bigger responsibility at Steniel Manufacturing Corporation where she held the position of Treasurer, Financial Planning and Investor Relations (IR) Head of the company. For six years, she led the IR and Treasury functions of the company where she had very good exposure in treasury operations, fund raising, deals structuring, investor relations and strategy development.
In 1997 to 2006, Ms. Cruzabra moved to Globe Telecom where she became Head of Treasury and Enterprise-Wide Risk Management. It is where Ms. Cruzabra raised funding expansion programs of the company and its subsidiaries. She also assisted the CFO in the review of the company’s capital structure and in equity issuance and exercise (PDRs, Warrants, buy-backs, etc.). She also handled liability management and set-up of foreign exchange and interest rate risk management in the company, tax planning, compliance and advocacy.
From 2007 to 2013, Ms. Cruzabra went back to teaching as Finance professor at the De La Salle Graduate School and assumed corporate roles as Consultant and President, Chairman of the Board at Altimax Broadcasting Co., Inc. and Board of Directors at Bethlehem Holdings. Within these years, she started teaching at AIM as Adjunct Faculty, a role she holds up to present. Her last role prior to going back to Ayala Corporation was as Head of Finance at ALC Explo and General Services, Inc. from 2012 to 2013.
In January 2014, Ms. Cruzabra re-joined Ayala Group as Treasurer of the Ayala Corporation, a role she handled with the same excellence up to 2018.
Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr.
Mr. Rivera has been with the Ayala Group for thirty years (30) years and has held various appointments with Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ oldest and largest conglomerates. He holds the rank of a Managing Director seconded to Manila Water Company, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer for New Business Operations. In this role, he acquired extensive experience in Public – Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water industry and successfully managed price reviews during the past 20 years for Manila Water.
Mr. Rivera concurrently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV), and Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (MWAP) which house at least fifteen (15) subsidiaries. MWPV and MWAP have a combined USD600M asset base with a workforce of more than 650 employees.
Moreover, he serves as an Independent Director of the Toilet Board Coalition, the world’s first multi-discipline coalition of leading companies, government agencies, sanitation experts and non-profit organizations aiming to develop commercially sustainable and scalable solutions to the sanitation crisis.
He was also a Founding Member of The Academy of Regulatory Professionals, a community of recognized experts dedicated to the understanding of regulatory issues and practices, the development of new knowledge and the promotion of mutual professional growth organized by the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Global Change Institute (GCI) at the University of Queensland, Australia. GCI is an independent source of innovative research, ideas, policy and advice for addressing the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
In September 2018, Mr. Rivera was appointed as the first Filipino board member of the International Water Association). Prior to his board appointment, Mr. Rivera achieved the distinction as the first Filipino IWA Fellow in 2016.
Mr. Rivera continues to be a resource person in various conferences on infrastructure and regulation and PPP initiatives sponsored by the World Bank/International Finance Centre, Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, International Water Association, Singapore Public Utilities Board, by Academic Research Institutions such as The Energy and Resources Institute, Stanford University, and University of Tokyo, and by Government Agencies in Emerging Countries.
He earned his university degrees in Economics and Behavioral Science at the University of Santo Tomas, and completed his graduate-level coursework in M.S. Economics at De La Salle University. In 2011, he completed the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.
His book, Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story - An Exercise in Successful Utility Reform in Urban Water Sector, was published by the Asian Development Bank in 2014.
Abelardo P. Basilio
Mr. Basilio has been with Manila Water for twenty-one (21) years and has held several appointments under various capacities within the company including Director of Technical Services Group, Group Director of East Zone Business Operations and a short stint as OIC Head of Corporate Regulatory Affairs Group. He has also served as Subsidiary Operations Group Director for Manila Water Philippine Ventures.
Mr. Basilio joined Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS) as a young cadet in 1984 and gained experience in utility operations which include hydraulic engineering, water treatment, distribution and network management. He later joined Manila Water in 1997.
Currently, Mr. Basilio holds two positions in the Enterprise as Acting Chief Operating Officer for Manila Water Operations (Manila Concession), and Group Director for Strategic Asset Management.
As Strategic Asset Management Group Director, Mr. Basilio provides comprehensive, holistic and integrated strategic plans that sets up the platform for capital investment, operation and maintenance of existing and new assets and the rationalization and disposal of assets of the company.
He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Philippine under the university scholarship program. He completed a Management Development Program in Asian Institute of Management, Water Network Design and Modelling in Manchester, United Kingdom and SCADA/Telemetry Training in Singapore.
Janine T. Carreon
Ms. Carreon joined Manila Water in 2009 as a Learning and Development Manager tasked to implement a comprehensive Leadership Development Program to support the growth trajectory of the company. After six months, her role was eventually expanded to cover recruitment, talent management and manpower planning and university management. Her key contribution to the company are the strengthening of the leadership development program, implementation of comprehensive competency framework down to job level competency maps, an on-line learning management system with capability to measure Human Capital proficiency of the company to support talent development and deployment, and the development and implementation of a Human Capital Masterplan to support growth initiatives. She was also at the helm of implementing robust talent and succession management systems to support the CEO of the company. Through her leadership, talent management systems in the company were methodically placed and talent evaluation became science.
Ms. Carreon brings with her twenty four (24) years of work experience in various line and Human Resources functions. She started her career in HR as a recruitment specialist in a manufacturing company and eventually moved on to Training and OD specialist role with Mercury Group of Companies. She moved to Avon Cosmetics in 1994 where she spent 15 years with the company, handling various roles of increasing responsibilities.
Ms. Carreon graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1992. She also took her Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations – major in Human Resource Management in the same university in 2000. Recently, she just earned a Certificate Program in Strategic Human Leadership thru eCornell of Cornell University in New York, USA and Advanced Organization Design in Ashridge Executive Education at Hult, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK.
Esmeralda R. Quines
Ms. Quines joined Manila Water Company in 1997 as Major Accounts Unit Manager and headed the 28-employee Key Accounts unit of the company. Since then, she held various leadership roles in the East Zone Operations: Customers Service Support Manager for Pasig and Cubao, Area Business Manager, overseeing Taguig-Pateros and Rizal Operations and Business Operations Head, overseeing all Business Areas.
Ms. Quines graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1984. She also completed Post-Graduate studies as part of the Management Development Program in AIM as well as the Emerging Ayala Group Leaders (EAGLE) Program for Ayala Executives.
Liwayway T. Sevalla
Ms. Sevalla has been in the IT industry for over 30 years. She joined Manila Water as Deputy IT Head in October 2016, overseeing all functions of Information Technology. Ms. Sevalla also ensures the compliance of the whole enterprise in the Data Privacy Act of 2012 by functioning as Data Protection Officer.
Prior to Manila Water, Ms. Sevalla was with Macquarie Investment Bank as Associate Director from 2011 to 2016, where she was responsible for the Delivery of offshore IT functions for the Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) and Corporate Asset Financing (CAF) business units, out of the Manila Offshore Services.
Ms. Sevalla also spent 16 years in the Telecommunications industry, having worked in various companies such as Globe Telecommunications, where she last held the position of Head of Delivery and Integration, and Bayan Telecommunications as Assistant Vice President (AVP)/ Head of IT Business Applications.
Ms. Sevalla graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines in Tacloban with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Sevalla completed Computer Programming/Systems Design at the National Computer Institute, and Management Development Program at Asian Institute of Management. Ms. Sevalla is a certified Project Management Professional.
Maidy Lynne B. Quinto
Ms. Quinto has been with Manila Water for 20 years and has held various appointments lending a wealth of experience in project management, business operations, strategic asset planning and general management. She currently serves as the Group Director for Subsidiary Operations in Manila Water Philippine Ventures.
She previously held the roles of Group Director for Corporate Project Management, as well as General Manager (GM)/Chief Operating Officer concurrent North Luzon Regional Business Cluster Head for Clark Water Corporation, where she played an important role in the growth of the organization in terms of financials, service coverage and business expansions.
She also held the Strategic Asset Planning Department Head role where she developed Capital Expenditures program strategies to deliver business and regulatory commitment, and Area Business Manager role where she managed the business operations of the business area composed of at least 130,000 water service connections from Marikina City, and San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal province.
In 1999, she first joined Manila Water as part of the first batch of the Cadetship Training Program. Her first role was Territory Manager in San Juan-Mandaluyong Business Area and then she became a Senior Territory Manager in year 2001. She also acted as a Project Manager in 2005 before assuming her role as Strategic Asset Planning Department Head in 2008.
Ms. Quinto was also awarded the Manila Water Grand Huwarang Manggagawa Award in 2001. Across the years, she has assumed various roles of increasing responsibilities across the company and has consistently shown excellent performance and dedication in her craft. Among her key contributions include leading the development and implementation of the framework agreements among engineering consortia.
Ms. Quinto holds two university degrees from Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila. She completed a graduate-level Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1998. And in 2004, she completed the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering. She is a licensed Civil Engineer and Sanitary Engineer.
Ma. Victoria P. Sugapong
Ms. Sugapong joined Manila Water Company on July 1, 2009. She provided operational and strategic support to the organization through her supervision of the Corporate Finance Group which covers accounting, controllership, tax, treasury, financial planning and risk management. She is a member of the Manila Water Enterprise Leadership Team. She is a member of the Board of Controllers of Thu Duc B.O.O. Corporation. Ms. Sugapong is now appointed as Chief Finance Officer for Manila Water Asia Pacific.
Prior to her appointment as Chief Finance Officer, she was the Chief Risk Officer of Manila Water wherein she established the Enterprise Management Framework in the Manila Water Group. Under her leadership, Manila Water was the first Philippine company to have been shortlisted in the Institute of Risk Management Global Risk Awards under the category Delivering Value through Risk Management. She also received the Risk Management Professional Award of the Ayala Group in 2016.
Ms. Sugapong has been with the Ayala Group for over twenty (20) years and started her involvement with Ayala Corporation as part of the Strategic Planning Group where she handled various subsidiaries of Ayala Corporation and was involved in various corporate finance transactions.
Ms. Sugapong graduated from the University of the Philippines, Magna cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy. She has a Master in Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management where she was a scholar under the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program. Ms Sugapong took advanced management, Cohort 194 in Harvard Business School.
Arnold Jether A. Mortera
Mr. Mortera has worked in the water industry for thirty-six (36) years. He started his career with Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS) in 1983 as a cadet specifically tasked in the reduction of non-revenue water and various operational roles in water facilities. When MWSS privatized in 1997, he joined Manila Water as Senior Engineer for Network Services and later assumed various roles of increasing responsibilities. He has been in the company for twenty-two (22) years with deep technical expertise in all aspects of Operations from headworks, network management, production planning, treatment and distribution.
In August 2011, Mr. Mortera was appointed as Chief Technical Officer for New Business Development. He later became Head of New Business Development and as Regional Business Cluster Head from 2015 to 2017 respectively.
In 2018, Mr. Mortera went back to his technical roots and led Used Water Operations as Division Head prior to his current role as Acting Group Director for Corporate Operations Group.
Mr. Mortera graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He also completed Master’s Degree in Management from Philippine Christian University in 1994.
Robert Michael N. Baffrey
Mr. Baffrey has 20 years of experience in General Management, Business Development, Product Innovation, Used Water Operations and Environmental Consulting. He was assigned as Acting Group Director for Subsidiary Operations in April 2019 as Mr. Abelardo P. Basilio moved back to MWO. With this role, he was the concurrent Clark Water Corporation GM and North Luzon Regional Business Development Head.
Early in his career with Manila Water, he worked as a Headline Project Delivery Manager for CPM where he had the opportunity to execute CAPEX projects for the Company. He was the Headline Project Manager for some of the used water projects such as Olandes, Poblacion, East Avenue, and Capitolyo Sewage Treatment Plants and associated Networks. All together, these have a combined capacity of 41 million liters per day, projected to benefit 15,000 households in the cities of Marikina, Makati, Quezon and Pasig.
After his stint in CPM, Mr. Baffrey led the Used Water Department where he oversaw the operations of 32 used water treatment plants, including compliance to discharge standards and continuous improvement. He likewise ensured that the Company is at par with global standards on used water operations and technology. He also led our innovations initiatives when he was assigned to Manila Water Total Solutions.
Prior to joining Manila Water, he was working as a Civil Engineer at CRW Engineering Group, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A. He was a Design Engineer and Inspector for general civil projects and provided technical support for various water, wastewater, roadway, trail, and drainage improvement projects. He also developed sanitation facility master plans, feasibility studies, and business plans for rural communities in Alaska.
He graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusets Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Philippines. He is also a member of the International Water Association and the American Water Works Association.
Evangeline M. Clemente
Ms. Clemente has over twenty (20) years of experience in master planning, program management, business development, operations, technical services, and organizational transformation. She began her career in the Company as a Cadet Engineer and progressed as Project Development Officer, Wastewater Manager, Program Manager, Laboratory Services Head, Technical Services Head, and Product Innovation and Development Head.
In 2016, she headed the Productivity and Growth project and led the implementation of key organizational projects towards transformation to a new operating model with focus on customer services, operations, data management, ways of working, innovations and capital delivery.
She is currently the Acting Group Director for Strategic Asset Management responsible for the development of the water and wastewater masterplans and corresponding capital and operational plans for MWO. She is also concurrently acting as head of the Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain Management Group and is responsible for the strategic procurement of goods and services for MWO and MWPV.
Ms. Clemente is a licensed Chemist and graduated from the University of the Philippines - Diliman with a degree Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1997.