Institute forSolidarity in Asia

About

Our advocacy and leadership

Here at the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) we believe that real progress can only be achieved through collaboration. That is why for the past decade we have been bringing together public and private sector leaders and citizens who share our goal of making governance a shared responsibility.

As trailblazers in a positive movement for change, we want to involve as many Filipinos as we can in the task of strengthening our government institutions. Using the Performance Governance System (PGS), our flagship program for government reform, we encourage institutions and communities to work with one another in creating sustainable strategies that can place the Philippines on the road to lasting development.

We also work with thought and practice leaders here and within the region in guiding our partner organizations to be professional, transparent, and accountable in the way they deliver public service.

For us, governance is not an ideal but a living culture that can drive progress in this new era of nation building.

ISA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that envisions itself to be the leading public governance reform institute in East Asia by 2020.

DR. JESUS P. ESTANISLAO, CHAIRMAN

“Good governance is the silver bullet. It unifies leaders and citizens, attracts investments, and builds strong and progressive communities. Most importantly, it restores the dignity of public service and opens doors to unparalleled possibilities.”

Jess is the Founding Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and the Institute of Corporate Directors. His vision of a reformed Philippine democracy led him to explore and develop a values-oriented, transformative management approach, which he employed in previous posts as Chairman of the Development Bank of the Philippines, Director-General of the National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Finance Secretary, Founding Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, and Founding President of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Recognized as the foremost authority on good governance, he has served in the private sector governance advisory boards of the Ramos, Macapagal-Arroyo, and Aquino administrations. Today, he continues to serve on various multi-sector advisory boards, including those of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Jess was awarded the rank of Commander of the Philippine Legion of Honor in 1992, MAP Management Man of the Year in 2010, and the first Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) award in the field of good governance in 2012. Most recently, he received the Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C.

Jess completed his masteral and doctorate degrees in Economics at the University of San Carlos Cebu, Fordham University, and Harvard University.

MR. FRANCISCO C. EIZMENDI, JR., PRESIDENT

“What began as an aspiration on the part of a few citizens has now blossomed into a conscious effort that brings leaders and citizens together in search of development.”

Frank is the President of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, and former President of the Institute for Corporate Directors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in 1956. Shortly thereafter, he began an impressive 47-year career with San Miguel Corporation where he served in various functions from Quality Control Engineer to President and COO. He is best known for his pioneering spirit and exemplary performance in the company.

He works closely with ISA’s partner cities, and brings his corporate expertise into government operations. Frank continues to be an active Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves on its Board of Trustees. In 2010, Mr. Eizmendi was elected to the position of Governor of the Management Association of the Philippines.

Frank received his Ph.D. in Corporate Management Honoris Causa from the University of Baguio. He is an awardee of the “Thomasian Engineering Hall of FAME” and “The Outstanding Thomasian Alumnus” from UST. Frank received the “Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award” from the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers and the “Most Outstanding Technological Professional in Chemical Engineering Award” from the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations.

MR. CHRISTIAN P. ZAENS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“Governance focuses on breakthrough results and the disciplined execution required to deliver them.”

Chris is the Practice Leader of the Performance Governance System (PGS) for public institutions. He has worked with numerous state agencies and local governments to drive performance and accountability using the PGS. As Founding Associate and Executive Director of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, he is an untiring advocate of good governance and responsible citizenship not only in the Philippines but in East Asia.

Before joining ISA, Chris was a Middle School teacher then Principal and Academic Director of PAREF Southridge School for Boys. As school administrator, he led the institutionalization of a quality improvement plan that dramatically improved student achievement and parent involvement.

Chris trained under the creators of the Execution Premium Strategy Management System (Harvard University), Understanding by Design (Columbia University), and Appreciate Inquiry for Organizational Transformation (Weatherhead School of Management). As an educator, he specializes in differentiated instruction, curriculum mapping, and cognitive coaching. He did his undergraduate studies in Business Economics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

PCSUPT REX MILTON A DOLINO (RET)
SUPERVISING FELLOW FOR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

HON. ANNELI R. LONTOC
SUPERVISING FELLOW FOR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

GOV. OLIVER B. BUTALID
SUPERVISING FELLOW FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS

MS. ESPERANZA V. ALVEZ
HR AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

AMB. CESAR B. BAUTISTA
Trustee Institute for Solidarity in Asia
MR. REX C. DRILON II
Trustee Institute for Solidarity in Asia
HON. MA. LOURDES C. FERNANDO
Former Mayor City Government of Marikina
DR. ANICETO B. FONTANILLA
President and CEO Asia-Pacific for Research, Inc.
HON. ANTONIETA F. IBE
Commissioner Securities and Exchange Commission
HON. MARY JANE C. ORTEGA
Former Mayor City of San Fernando, La Union
HON. OSCAR S. RODRIGUEZ
Congressman Third Legislative District, Pampanga
HON. MEL SENEN S. SARMIENTO
Congressman First Legislative District, Western Samar
MS. EVELYN R. SINGSON
President Gilt-Edged Properties, Inc.

Our Fellows are champions of good governance and responsible citizenship in various sectors of society and in different levels of government.

  • HON. MADELAINE ALFELOR-GAZMEN
    Former Mayor, Iriga City

  • HON. MARIO ROGELIO P. ANTALAN
    Mayor, Island Garden City of Samal

  • HON. SALLY ANTE-LEE
    Former Mayor, Sorsogon City

  • LTGEN CRISTOLITO P BALAOING (RET)
    Lieutenant General, Armed Forces of the Philippines

  • PDG NICANOR A BARTOLOME (RET)
    Former Police Director General, Philippine National Police

  • AMB. CESAR B. BAUTISTA
    Trustee and Fellow, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • GEN EMMANUEL T BAUTISTA
    Chief-of-Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines

  • GOV. OLIVER B. BUTALID
    Supervising Fellow, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • MR. ERIC S. CANOY
    President, Radio Mindanao Network

  • DR. PERICLES P. DAKAY
    President, Dakay Construction and Development Corp.

  • MR. REX C. DRILON II
    Trustee and Fellow, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • PCSUPT REX MILTON A DOLINO (RET)
    Supervising Fellow, Insitute for Solidarity in Asia

  • DR. PAUL A. DUMOL
    Associate Professor, University of Asia and the Pacific

  • HON. FRANCISCO T. DUQUE III
    Chairman, Civil Service Commission

  • MR. FRANCISCO C. EIZMENDI, JR.
    President, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • MR. BALTAZAR N. ENDRIGA
    Managing Partner, Endriga, Manangu and Associates

  • DR. JESUS P. ESTANISLAO
    Chairman, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • MR. FRANCIS G. ESTRADA
    Fellow and Trustee, Institute of Corporate Directors

  • ATTY. RICHARD N. FERRER
    Former President, Institute of Corporate Directors

  • ATTY. ADELITA A. VERGEL DE DIOS
    Former President, Institute for Corporate Directors

  • HON. JOSE ENRIQUE S. GARCIA III
    Mayor, City Government of Balanga

  • HON. MA LOURDES C. FERNANDO
    Former Mayor, City Government of Marikina

  • DR. ANICETO B. FONTANILLA
    President and CEO, The Asia-Pacific Centre for Research, Inc.

  • HON. LINDA P. GONZALEZ
    Former Mayor, Ligao City

  • HON. ANTONIETA F. IBE
    Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

  • ATTY. ALEXANDER L. LACSON
    Senior Partner, Malcolm Law

  • HON. DAN NERI LIM
    Former Mayor, Tagbilaran City

  • MR. GUILLERMO M. LUZ
    Private Sector Co-Chair, National Competitiveness Council

  • GEN LEOPOLDO L MALIGALIG (RET)
    Consultant, First Philippine Holdings Corporation

  • MR. GREGORIO S. NAVARRO
    Managing Partner and CEO, Deloitte Philippines

  • HON. MARY JANE C. ORTEGA
    Former Mayor, City of San Fernando La Union

  • DR. CAYETANO W. PADERANGA
    Former Director General, National Economic and Development Authority

  • HON. OSCAR S. RODRIGUEZ
    Congressman, Third Legislative District, Pampanga

  • MR. CESAR G. SALDAÑA
    Principal, PSR Consulting, Inc.

  • HON. MEL S. SARMIENTO
    Congressman, First Legislative District, Western Samar

  • MS. EVELYN R. SINGSON
    President, Gilt-Edge Properties, Inc.

  • HON. ABRAHAM N. TOLENTINO
    Former Mayor, City of Tagaytay

  • HON. JERRY P. TREÑAS
    Congressman, City of Iloilo

Our Associates are professionals who have committed themselves to the process of building a governance culture within our partner institutions.

  • MR. TOMAS C. AGUILAR, JR.
    City Planning and Development Officer and Acting Administrator, Marikina City

  • CAPT GIOVANNI J BACORDO
    Former Deputy Commander, Naval Forces West, Palawan

  • ENGR. FERDINAND Z. CAYLAO
    Former City Administrator, San Fernando City Pampanga

  • MR. FRANCISCO A. CAYMO
    Division Manager of the Strategic Planning Division, National Electrification Administration

  • MS. MARIA GRACIA A. CHUA
    Former Development Project Management Officer IV, Iloilo City

  • LTC ROMMEL C CORDOVA
    Battalion Commander, Philippine Army

  • LCDR EDWIN GERMAN A CORDOVA
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Philippine Military Academy

  • BGEN FERMIN R DE LEON
    President, National Defense College of the Philippines

  • PCSUPT REX MILTON A DOLINO (RET)
    Supervising Fellow, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

  • MR. FERDINAND JOSEPH T. ESCOBAL
    Senior Vice President for Strategic Affairs, Roxas Holdings

  • MS. MA. SOCORRO L. ESCUETA
    Consultant, EDUCHILD Foundation

  • MR. BENITO T. JIMENA
    City Tourism Officer, Iloilo City

  • MS. LUCILLE Y. LAGUNAY
    City Councilor, Tagbilaran City

  • ENGR. FERDINAND A. LIMBITCO
    City Administrator, San Fernando City

  • MS. BETTY F. MERRITT
    Member, Philippine Board of Nursing

  • MR. JONATHAN JUAN DC. MORENO
    Practice Leader for Corporate Governance & Managing Consultant for Phils., Palladium Group

  • MR. RODERICK N. PADUA
    Director for Corporate Planning, National Electrification Administration

  • MS. MERLA A. ROSALADO
    Executive Secretary of the Accreditation Office, Christ the King College

  • MS. SONIA P. SOTO
    VP-General Manager, CLTV36, San Fernando City

  • MR. CHRISTIAN P. ZAENS
    Executive Director, Institute for Solidarity in Asia

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is a non-profit institution that strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform.

The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) provides banking services to cater to the needs of agricultural and industrial enterprises for small to medium-scale industries.

The Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines (IIA-P) is the primary association of internal auditors in the country dedicated to develop and promote the practice of internal auditing.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) is a task force dedicated to improving the country’s competitiveness rankings through public-private sector collaboration.

The UnionBank of the Philippines is one of the country’s leading universal banks that stands out for its strategy, execution, and performance, and puts technology at the heart of its business.

Our team is composed of young individuals from different backgrounds brought together by their passion for good governance and a shared vision for a better and more progressive Philippines.

 

Communication

  • Marielle Antonio
    Program Officer for Communication

  • Isabel Maria R. Camus
    Program Assistant for Communication

 

Development

  • Gaby Jimenez
    Program Assistant for Development

  • Sam Uichico
    Program Assistant for Development

 

Local Government Units

  • Jay Arguelles
    Program Assistant for Local Government Units

  • Gabby Macasinag
    Program Assistant for Local Government Units

  • Jan-Ace Mendoza
    Program Assistant for Local Government Units

  • Diana San Jose
    Program Assistant for Local Government Units

 

National Government Agencies

  • Marose Anatalio
    Program Officer for National Government Agencies

  • Micah Cruz
    Program Assistant for National Government Agencies

  • Bernice Esguerra
    Program Assistant for National Government Agencies

  • Guia Luistro
    Program Assistant for National Government Agencies

  • Jonas Trinidad
    Program Assistant for National Government Agencies

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Administrative and Finance Unit

  • Joey Sy
    Chief Finance Officer

  • Jenny Santos
    Administrative Officer

  • Julie Parreno
    Administrative Assistant

  • Espie Solivar
    Administrative and Accounting Assistant

  • Melvin Ribot
    Accounting Assistant

Philippine society is in transition from its traditional political culture to a genuine democratic culture.

We seek to hasten that transition.

Philippine society labors under the weight of illegal, unethical, immoral practices of both rich and poor in government, business, and civil society.

We seek to end these practices.

More than one out of three Filipinos are mired in poverty.

We seek to eliminate poverty through honest and competent work.

We are unfazed by the bleak picture many paint of the present.

We trust in the creative energies of the human person.

We trust in the common sense of the Filipino.

We trust in the inherent power of goodness.

We are ready to lead change, beginning with ourselves.

We are ready to help others to change, one by one.

And we pledge to keep these commitments, while urging people to change –
however long it may take, here, in the Philippines.

Programs

Our core programs and governance campaigns

Performance Governance System (PGS)

Four years into our governance advocacy, we introduced Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard (BSC) to the Philippine public sector as the Performance Governance System (PGS) with the idea of contributing to national progress by teaching government institutions how to create, execute, and sustain effective development plans. Since then, the PGS has grown into more than just a strategy management concept. For many public sector institutions, it has become a pathway out of corruption and into a progressive and sustainable future.

As our core approach to good governance and responsible citizenship, the PGS enables national government agencies, local government units, professional associations, and academic institutions to work together with their communities in:

  • articulating long-term development goals

  • assigning organization- and community- wide accountabilities; and

  • improving transparency by creating sustainable governance mechanisms

Today, we continue to develop the PGS as a framework for rapid transformation, learning and applying best practices, ideas, and solutions that can help our public sector partners leverage on economic opportunities, respond to shifting realities, increase stakeholder participation, and deliver breakthrough results.

These outcomes can be achieved across four stages: Initiation, Compliance, Proficiency, and Institutionalization; and measured against specific targets in a Governance Scorecard.

Islands of Good Governance (IGG) Initiative

In 2015, the Philippines will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, where leaders from across the region will come together to formalize our integration into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community. This gives us an opportunity to show the world what our country is capable of in terms of sustaining economic growth and creating better investment credibility.

We organized the Islands of Good Governance (IGG) initiative in order to showcase the progress our public sector partners have made by working toward real and lasting transformation. Under this campaign, over 20 national government agencies and local government units have pledged to deliver on at least 50 breakthrough goals that will create impact not only in their communities but on the entire country.

To get there, these organizations must enlist the help of governance champions and build governance mechanisms that can ensure the success of their reform programs. By 2015, they will be able to share their stories at the APEC Summit and other economic events, where they can establish themselves as beacons of hope for other public and private sector institutions that are working toward transformation and accelerated economic growth.

To date, the following organizations have pledged their participation in the IGG initiative:

NGA
  1. Armed Forces of the Philippines
  2. Bureau of Internal Revenue
  3. Civil Service Commission
  4. Department of Education
  5. Department of Health
  6. Department of Social Welfare and Development
  7. Department of Trade and Industry
  8. Governance Commission for GOCCs
  9. National Electrification Administration
  10. Philippine Army
  11. Philippine Heart Center
  12. Philippine National Police
  13. Philippine Navy
LGU
  1. Bataan Province
  2. Balanga City
  3. Dipolog City
  4. Talisay City, Negros Occidental
  5. San Fernando City, La Union
  6. San Fernando City, Pampanga
  7. Masbate City
  8. Legazpi City
  9. Mandaue City
  10. Butuan City

Active Partners in the Governance Pathway

National Government Agencies

    Local Government Agencies

      ABOUT THE BOOT CAMP

      We organize the Performance Governance System (PGS) Boot Camp twice a year to support PGS Partners that are making their way through the Governance Pathway. The PGS Boot Camp is a developmental conference focused on building the capacity of PGS practitioners, and developing the values and skills necessary to raise the standards of governance and performance in their respective organizations. With participants from all over the Philippines, the PGS Boot Camp is poised to be the beginning of a community of governance advocates who are eager to explore new ideas that will revolutionize public sector governance in the Philippines.

      • To EQUIP boot campers with the essential tools and information necessary for them to gain a deeper understanding of the Performance Governance System.

      • To EMPOWER boot campers to take the lead in advancing their respective organizations to the higher stages of the PGS pathway.

      • To ESTABLISH a movement of strong, genuine hearted individuals passionately advocating for good governance.

      ABOUT THE PUBLIC GOVERNANCE FORUM

      We organize the Public Governance Forum twice a year as a way to report on our work with the public sector. It is a space where the public and private sector can engage in a dialogue about good governance and where cities, provinces, academic institutions, government owned and controlled corporations, and national government agencies can communicate their progress in using our good governance program, the Performance Governance System (PGS).

      At the forum, we invite distinguished citizens and Balanced Scorecard experts to review and advise these public institutions. Through this event, we hope to inspire institutions, communities, and citizens to contribute to governance.

      News

      Our latest stories from the field

      1. Davao City- “For too long we have been discussing and pining for development, but we’ve done so as if there were a magic bullet to make a lucky shot at it.” Dr. Jesus Estanislao, the Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) said to a group of 120 […]View Article

      2. For more than 25 years, CIPE has built strong relationships and programs with economic reformers around the world. Still, global forums on democratic development lack a concerted voice for the private sector and economic freedom. Realizing the need to express how democracy and a free market economy act as mutually […]View Article

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