Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz
Education and Training:
• Harvard Business School Advance Management Program
• B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude, University of the Philippines
• Ranked 10th in the 1987 Mechanical Engineering Board Licensure Examinations
Membership in the Board of Listed Companies:
• Manila Water Company, Inc. (Ayala Group)
Membership in the Board of Non-Listed Companies:
• Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc.
• Manila Water International Solutions, Inc.
• Manila Water Total Solutions Corp.
• Clark Water Corporation
• Boracay Island Water Company, Inc.
• Laguna AAAWater Corporation
• Manila Water Foundation, Inc.
• Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
• Manila Water South Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd.
• Thu Duc Water Holdings Pte. Ltd.
• Kenh Dong Water Holdings Pte. Ltd.
• Manila South East Asia Water Holdings Pte. Ltd.
• Manila Water Indonesia Holdings Pte. Ltd.
• UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc.
Positions in Other Organizations and Corporations:
• Chairman of Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc., Manila Water International Solutions, Inc., Manila Water Total Solutions Corp., Clark Water Corporation, Boracay Island Water Company, Inc. and Manila Water Foundation, Inc.;
• Vice Chairman of Laguna AAAWater Corporation;
• Managing Director of Ayala Corporation; and
• Member of the Board of Trustees of UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc.
Prior to Mr. Dela Cruz’ recent appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer for Manila Water Operations (Manila Concession), President of Manila Water Total Solutions Corporation and President of the Manila Water Foundation. He joined Manila Water in July 2011 as the East Zone Business Operations Group Director and was concurrently Group Director for Corporate Strategic Affairs starting December 2011.
Before joining Manila Water, Mr. Dela Cruz was the head of Consumer Sales Group and the Consumer Sales and After Sales Group of Globe Telecom for two years, and was head of its Wireless Business Group for nearly seven years from October 2002 to June 2009. Prior to that, he was the President and General Manager of Kraft Foods (Philippines) Inc. for more than a year and the same company’s Country General Manager for its various operating companies in Indonesia for two years.
Mr. Dela Cruz also held senior leadership roles in Ayala Land, San Miguel Brewing Philippines, Inbisco Philippines and Unilever Philippines. He started his working career as a Junior Engineer in DCCD’s Mechanical Engineering Division in 1986.
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 nineteen years (19), and has held various appointments. She serves as the Group Director of Corporate Project Management with the following departments: Project Management Office, Construction Management, Project Stakeholder Engagement, Project Management, Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Safety Solutions.
In 1999, she 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 become a Senior Territory Manager in year 2001. She also acted as a Project Manager in 2005 and held the role of Strategic Asset Planning Department Head in 2008. After a series of various assignments in the corporate office, Ms. Quinto assumed the role of General Manager for Clark Water in 2015 to broaden her management experience and give her opportunity to lead in a new business environment.
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 in 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.