CIFAL Philippines



Atty. Angelo A. Jimenez
President, University of the Philippines

President Jimenez took his oath as the 22nd President of the University of the Philippines in February 2023. Angelo A. Jimenez is a labor lawyer and a respected authority on global worker migration whose work has contributed to the establishment of the Philippines’ new Department of Migrant Workers, as well as the labor migration regulatory framework in countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. As the highest-ranking official in the university, President Jimenez sits as Chairman of the UP CIFAL Philippines Board of Representatives.


Gustavo González 
UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines

González brings more than 25 years of extensive managerial and leadership experience in development, humanitarian affairs and peacebuilding, performing for several UN entities across three continents (Central America, Africa and Middle-East). He holds a Master Diploma from the University of Oxford-Said Business School (UK), and a Master in Philosophy from the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). 


Hon. Joy Belmonte
Mayor, Quezon City

Belmonte is the mayor of Quezon City from 2019-2025. She was vice mayor of Quezon City for nine years, presiding over a City Council, which has been regarded as the Most Outstanding in the Philippines, in accordance with the exemplary standards of the Local Legislative Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).


Hon. Enrique A. Manalo
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Manalo took his oath of office on 01 July 2022 as the new Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Secretary Manalo is an expert in multilateral diplomacy, having served as the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York immediately prior to being appointed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He was also the Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.


Hon. Richard P. Palpal-latoc
Commission on Human Rights

Atty. Richard Paat Palpal-latoc sits at the helm of the CHR Commission en banc VI as its Chairperson. Chairperson Palpal-latoc, 48, will serve a full seven-year term from 2022 to 2029. Prior to his appointment in CHR, Chairperson Palpal-latoc served as Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs under the Office of the President. In 2020, he was appointed as Assistant City Prosecutor at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Quezon City.


Dr. Maruja Asis
Director, Scalabrini Migration Center

Dr. Asis is the Executive Director of the Scalibrini Migration Center. She is also the editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. She earned her PhD in sociology with specialization in population studies and social change from Bowling Green State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in demography from the University of the Philippines.



Antonio “Tony” G. Lambino II
President, Ayala Foundation Inc. 

Antonio “Tony” G. Lambino II is the President Ayala Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of Ayala Corporation. He also serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Lambino rejoins the Ayala Group after serving government as Managing Director of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance where he led stakeholder engagement initiatives in support of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program and related socio-economic reforms.


Elvin Ivan Uy
Executive Director, Philippine Business for Social Progress

Elvin Uy is the Executive Director of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the country’s largest business-led NGO at the nexus of corporate citizenship, sustainable development, and poverty reduction. Elvin is a former Assistant Secretary and K to 12 Program Coordinator of the Department of Education (DepEd).


Joseph Omar A. Castillo
Chairman, Philippine AirAsia

Atty. Castillo is the Chairman of the Board of Air Asia Philippines. He previously headed the transport and business process outsourcing practices for Puyat, Jacinto, and Santos Law firm, with over a decade of experience in the fields of infrastructure, labor relations, contract support, immigration, and corporate matters.


Dr. Michelle R. Palumbarit
Associate Professor, Asian Center
University of the Philippines Diliman

Dr. Michelle R. Palumbarit obtained her doctoral degree in Political Science from Yonsei University, Seoul in 2016 and her master’s degree in Korean Studies in 2012 from the same university. Prior to her graduate studies in Korea, Prof. Palumbarit studied at the Asian Center, UP Diliman with Korea as her country of specialization. She is currently an associate professor at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her research interests include Korea Studies, ASEAN-Korea relations, Filipinos in Korea, and environmental politics.