Parallel Sessions

Track 1: The Philippine Manufacturing Sector and Regional Production Networks

Hon. Herbert M. Bautista
Mayor, Quezon City
National President, League of Cities of the Philippines
Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ayala Corporation
Dr. Tatiana Gallego-Lizon
Director, Southeast Asia Regional Department,
Urban and Water Division, Asian Development Bank


Track 2: Education and Human Capital Development in the Philippines

Ms. Karima V. Palafox
Environmental Planner/Urban Designer

and Managing Partner, Palafox Associates


Ms. Karima V. Palafox is a Managing Partner of Palafox Associates. She is also the Director of the Palafox Architecture Group; Vice President of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners and an active member of the Institute’s Advisory Council in the Philippines.

She is currently involved in planning and design of communities, resorts, commercial areas, parks and other mixed-use developments here and abroad. She led some of Palafox Associates’ projects, such as: tourism development plans for Panglao Island in Bohol, Ilocos Norte, and San Vicente in Palawan.

Her 10-year experience in urban, regional and environmental planning are filled with collaborations among the country’s top real estate developers, landowners, and leaders in government. Her projects observe the best and most sustainable use of land, best practices in development, environmental policies, and creating places properties of value.

She is a registered environmental planner, where she placed 6th in the national board exams. She is also a chartered planner of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Palafox earned a Masters degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Asia and Pacific and a Masters degree in Urban Planning with specialization in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University. She has also completed the Advanced Management Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific and Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empres (IESE) Barcelona andalso a course on Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford. 


Dr. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Jr.
Former Program Director,
Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia,
Ateneo School of Government

Dr. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Jr. is the former Program Director of the Innovations at the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia (iBoP Asia) Program of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG). iBoP Asia is a pioneering effort in Southeast Asia that aims to promote and mainstream “base of the pyramid” (BoP) and science and technology (S&T) approaches to alleviate poverty. Through this Project, the School has taken on a key role in furthering the BoP initiative in the region, and serves as a venue for interaction and collaboration among research partners and key actors in government, business, the academe, and civil society.His longest employment was at the University of the Philippines where he was on the regular faculty from 1978 to 2001, a full Professor of Political Science when he transferred to the Development Academy of the Philippines to become Executive Vice-President and Dean of its Graduate School of Public and Development Management from 2002-2005.  He has served as Professorial LecturerinPolitical Science and Development Studies at the De La Salle University (DLSU) and at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) from 2008 – 2012. Since March 2010, he has been the resource person and facilitator of the module on project design and management for the Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP, a political training programme of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung).

He contributed a chapter to the book Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovating with the BOP in Southeast Asia. He authored the module on Understanding Campaign Finance and the book Challenges and Lessons in Organizing Local Service Delivery Associations: The Case of Water. He also co-authored the Philippine case articles for the Global Corruption Report. Moreover, he edited the book Corruption Prevention Course Teaching Modules and Forging Local E-Government Ventures.

Dr. Romero holds a Bachelors degree, Masteral Degree and Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines. He was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Corruption Studies by the School of Professional and Continuing Education of Hong Kong University (HKU-SPACE). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for International Studies, Columbia University and a Rotary Graduate Fellow at Northwestern University. 


Mr. Rolando G. Tungpalan
Deputy Director General, Investment Programming,
National Economic Development Authority

Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan, is the Deputy Director General for Investment Programming of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA),  the Philippines’ premier socio-economic planning body.
He Chairs the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC)-Technical Board, an inter- agency committee of the NEDA Board, responsible for approving public sector (and public-private sector) investments as well as the Infrastructure Committee Technical.
He represents NEDA in the governing boards of various government entities including the Home Guaranty Corporation, the National Housing Authority, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the National Irrigation Administration, the Philippine National Railways Corporation, and other interagency and bilateral committees.
Undersecretary Tungpalan serves as main government counterpart to multilateral and bilateral international development agencies for the formulation, programming & monitoring, and evaluation of their respective country assistance strategies and programs.
He previously served as a member in the Global Council on Water and Sanitation, and is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Coordinating Committee of the Asia-Pacific Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results.

Dr. Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Director, Ateneo Institute of Sustainability

Dr. Ma. Assunta C.Cuyegkeng is the Director of the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and a professor at the Department of Leadership and Strategy of the John Gokongwei School of Management at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her current research and teaching interests are in the fields of sustainability management and change leadership. She was the former Vice President for the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University.

She has written on polymers, science education, environment, quality assurance, and leadership. Her literary essays, poems, and Filipino translations appear in various anthologies.

Dr. Cuyegkeng obtained a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Regensburg in Germany.

Atty. Alberto C. Agra
Certified Public-Private Partnership and Regulation Specialist,
Professorial Lecturer, Ateneo Law School

Atty. Alberto C. Agra is a Professorial Lecturer of the Ateneo Law School and the Ateneo School of Government. He teaches Administrative Law, Law on Local Governments, Law on Public Officers, Election Law, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law, and Leadership in the Public Service. He is an active PPP practitioner and developed a PPP Code for local governments, referred to by 41 provinces, cities and municipalities, to date. Prior to this, he served as Acting Secretary of Justice, and Acting Solicitor General, and Government Corporate Counsel.

Atty. Agra graduated from the Ateneo Law School. He is a PhD candidate on Leadership Studies, major in Public Management from the Ateneo School of Government. He is a Certified PPP and Regulation Specialist. 

Track 3: Social Development Policies and Programs in Southeast Asia

"Social Development Policies and Programs in Southeast Asia: Towards a Truly Participative and Inclusive Development in the ASEAN"
A session organized by the Ateneo School of Government through the Universities and Councils Network
on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA) Project, in partnership with the
Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP, Inc.)
“Inclusive development” is inherent to the ASEAN Integration Agenda, which is targeting to close the development gap among the ASEAN countries and its peoples. Public administration and governance, with public policy at the core, becomes critical in shaping, directing, and accelerating state action and mobilization of resources for key development initiatives in each country. The rate of success in achieving significant positive social impacts, however, is not just dependent on sound policymaking and program implementation but also on the level of engagement of rightful stakeholders, including the target beneficiaries, in the process.
This panel aims to present and discuss game-changing inclusive development policies and programs that have been instituted or adopted in five ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The discussion will be anchored on the results of the 5-country policy mapping that was conducted by the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP, Inc.) as commissioned by the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development on Southeast Asia or UNIID-SEA (, a regional initiative currently led by the Ateneo School of Government and the National Research Council of the Philippines and supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC-CRDI).

Highlighted in the study are the following social policies and programs:

 National Program for Society Empowerment (Program National Pemberdayaan Masyarakat or PNPM) in Indonesia
 The Private Higher Educational Institutions Act of 1996 in Malaysia
 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program in the Philippines
 One District, One Scholarship (ODOS) Program in Thailand
 National Program 135 for the “socioeconomic development of most vulnerable communities in ethnic minority and mountainous areas” in Vietnam.