Our Board of Trustees is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise, representing the diversity of our membership. They generously contribute their time, talent and energy to the pro-poor and god-centered mission of TSPI.
TSPI Board of Trustees
Atty. Lamberto L. Meer
Atty. Meer is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2001. He has been serving in TSPI since September 1984 where he was Corporate Secretary prior to becoming the Chairman. He succeeded the former Chairman Emmanuel N. Pelaez, His Excellency Vice President of the Philippines and Ambassador to the United States, who was his father-in-law. Currently, he is also the Chair of the BOT Executive Committee.
Atty. Meer is the Managing Partner of Meer, Meer & Meer, a 69-year-old law firm founded by his grandfather, father, and uncle. He has a deep passion for transformation work, evidenced by his active involvement in various ministries. He is the Convenor of the Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership (PMTL) from 2015 to present. It is one of the largest coalitions of Christian organizations in the Philippines whose focus is to form, support, and elect competent Christian servant leaders. His previous positions in line with transformation work were: Senior Head Coordinator of Ligaya ng Panginoon Community (LNP), Chapter Head of Couples for Christ (CFC), and EXCOM Member of Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP).
Atty. Meer is a graduate of AB Economics (Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.).
Dr. Abraham F. Pascual
Dr. Pascual, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, joined the TSPI Board of Trustees in July 2007. He is the Chair of the BOT Governance Committee.
He is a multi-awarded entrepreneur. He was a recipient of the Golden Shell Rising Award from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1997, Philippine Marketing Association’s Agora Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship (Large Scale) in 2001, Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Bulakeño Entrepreneur in 2008 and PLDT and Go Negosyo’s MVP Bossing Awardee in 2013.
Dr. Pascual’s entrepreneurial expertise made him a backbone to various entities. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (PascualLab). He also sits as Member of the Board of Directors to four other companies, namely, L & I Development Corp., Agape Development & Research Corporation, Halang East Corporation, and Octten Holdings Inc.
Dr. Pascual completed a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Mr. Rene E. Cristobal
Mr. Cristobal, President of the Board of Trustees, has been serving TSPI since October 2000. He is also a Member of the TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI) Board of Trustees, and Member of Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP).
He is the Founder and Chairman of several companies such as Board of DCL Group of Companies, established since 1978, which provides overseas employment to Filipino professionals, technicians, and maritime officers and crew members in both land based and sea based sectors, mainly to European and American contractors and ship owners; Association of Professionalism in Overseas Employment (ASPROE), composed of non-fee charging and ethical recruitment agencies licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Philippine-Netherlands Business Council (now Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines), Family Wellness Center, Inc. (NGO), Knights of Individual Direct Scholarships Foundation (KIDS) accredited by the King Baudouin Foundation of Belgium and Multi-Savings & Loan Association (MULTISLA) for local and overseas employees. Other key organizational involvements include: Organizer and Chairman of joint venture for the “turnkey” construction of feed mills in the Philippines with the Van Aarsen International of Holland; Co-founder and Vice President of Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc., who honors outstanding overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); Special Adviser of Labor Migration to the ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE); Board of Governors of ECOP; Chairman of ECOP’s Corporate Social Responsibility; Commissioner of Commission on the Protection/Welfare of the Filipinos Overseas (“Gancayco” Commission) created by, then, President Fidel V. Ramos and Board of Trustee of Philippine Bible Society and of Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of the Philippines and Y’s Men’s Club (Manila & Makati).
He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of several profit and nonprofit organizations in agriculture & natural farming; innovative construction materials; property development; publishing & social media; intellectual property & copyrights; awareness & prevention of drug addictions; training of addiction counselors; and scholarship programs in public high school. He is also an advocate for the development of bamboo plantation and processed products such as charcoal and activated carbon and construction materials.
His companies have received awards from the POEA, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Office of the President, and elevated to the “Hall of Fame.” He was also Bishop Nicolas Villegas Zamora Awardee, the highest award for lay persons in the IEMELIF (The First Indigenous Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippines; and Chairman of the Board of its Cathedral in Tondo, Manila. Most recently, he was honored with a knighthood in the Order of Orange of Nassau (The Netherlands).
Mr. Cristobal attained a BBA degree (Cum Laude) in the University of the East in 1955, Master of Arts in Economics (candidate) from the same university, and a graduate of the Second Advanced Management Program in the Far East conducted by the Harvard University Graduate School of Business in 1957, Baguio City, as predecessor of Asian Institute of Management (AIM).
Mr. Ricardo G. Lazatin
Mr. Lazatin, Treasurer of TSPI Board of Trustees, joined the Organization in June 2017. He is presently the Chair of BOT Risk Committee and Vice Chair of BOT Investment Committee. He is also a Member of the TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI) Advisory Council.
His more than 45 years in the banking industry made a mark through the top management and executive level positions he held in various companies. Currently, he is the President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Power Source Group Dev. Corp and several subsidiaries and affiliates; President and Senior Managing Partner of CEOs Inc.; Senior Partner in Argosy Advisers Inc.; President/CEO of Home Funding Inc.; President/CEO of Argosy Finance Corp and Vice Chairman of GSN Land Inc.
He spent more than 30 years in three major universal banks and two major finance companies in the Philippines. His previous positions include: Senior Vice President & Group Head of Far East Bank & Trust Co; President/CEO of FEB Leasing & Finance Corp.; Executive Vice President & Group Head of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC); Director of Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (PDCP); Director/Board Member of several other private corporations; President of Philippine Finance Association; Vice President of Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Vice President of Asian Leasing Association. He is also involved in other socio-civic organizations.
He is an active lifetime-member of the FINEX, FINEX Foundation and Philippine Finance Association (PFA) meriting various FINEX and PFA Presidential Merit, Service and Lifetime awards for several years.
He is also actively involved in ministry works as the Chairman and President of Tahanan ng Panginoon Foundation as well as Trustee and Corporate Treasurer of Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Lazatin is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Summa Cum Laude) and earned units in Master’s degree in Business Economics.
Atty. Cornelio C. Gison
Atty. Gison joined TSPI Board of Trustees on March 6, 2006. He is concurrently serving as a Corporate Secretary of TSPI and as Vice Chairman of TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI) Board of Trustees.
He is of Counsel of Salvador, Llanillo and Bernardo Law Office. He is also a Member in different capacities of various groups: Board of Trustees, Andrew Gotianun Foundation, Inc.; Panel of Arbitrators, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, World Bank Arbitration Body, Washington D.C.; and Tax Committee, Filinvest Group. He was a Member of Metrobank Advisory Board, Member/Consultant of its Audit Committee and Partner and Head, Tax Practice of SGV & Co. He was Director of FDC Development and Filinvest Land, and a Founding Member of the Board of Trustees of Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC). He also served as the Corporate Secretary of Philippine Business for Social Progress.
Atty. Gison also served the government as Undersecretary for Revenue Operations of the Department of Finance under two administrations (Estrada and Arroyo) from 2000 to 2003. He also had a brief stint as Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and a Tax Consultant of Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM). He was also the former President of the Capital Markets Integrity Corp, a member of the Philippine Stock Exchange Group from 2013 to 2017.
Atty. Gison has Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) and a Masters in Comparative Law (LL.C.M) on a fellowship grant. He was a Bar Topnotcher in 1963.
Other Members of the Board of Trustees
Ms. Juanita D. Amatong
Ms. Amatong started her service as a Member of the TSPI Board of Trustees in June 2012. She is the Vice Chair of BOT Audit & Compliance Committee. She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI).
She is a passionate public servant. She has been in government service for most of her career. She served as Secretary of Finance from December 2003 to February 2005, before she was appointed as a Member of the Monetary Board of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas from 2006 to 2011. She was also a Member of the Board of Directors in the World Bank, Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 1998. Until April 2021, she was Member of the Board of Directors of Banko ng Kabuhayan (formerly Rodriguez Rural Bank, Inc). In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Public Finance and International Finance in Silliman University. It is a Protestant-affiliated school in Dumaguete City, where she started her career as a teacher and served as Member of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. She now serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Silliman University Foundation Medical Center.
Ms. Amatong completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Social Science.
Mr. Jose D. Fider
Mr. Fider started serving as a Member of the TSPI Board of Trustees in August 2010. He is the Vice Chair of BOT Risk Committee.
His heart to see advancement and growth among the poor extends through his passionate service in various ministries. He is a Service Team Member at Tahanan ng Panginoon, an outreach program that helps the poor communities in Metro Manila. He is also a Trustee of Puso ng Ama Foundation, a non-profit organization serving the youth in the former Payatas dump site, and of Cradle of Joy (COJ) Catholic Progressive School, a non-profit school established by a faith-based organization. Currently, he is the President of BFL Bookstores Inc. and Trans Access Corp.
Mr. Fider took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines.
Mr. Alberto M. Malvar
Mr. Malvar’s service in TSPI as a Member of the Board of Trustees started in June 2012. At age 40, Mr. Malvar left the corporate world and responded to God’s calling to begin a full-time reforestation mission in the Upper Marikina Watershed in an effort to minimize the destructive effects of typhoons to Metro Manila. Together with his family, he founded the Mount Purro Nature Reserve (MPNR), an eco-park and a social enterprise pioneering sustainable travel destination. MPNR promotes a lifestyle of stewardship, simplicity, and sharing. They established the MPNR Foundation, an organization that advocates the rehabilitation of the Upper Marikina Watershed through the empowerment of the upland communities living within the watershed, particularly the Dumagats. Both organizations are vital to his pursuit of an overarching dream of a flood-free Metro Manila and a thriving Upper Marikina Watershed that functions as the “lungs of Metro Manila”.
His environmental preservation and development work in Antipolo, Rizal has been running for over 30 years highlighting God, Nature and People as the true measures of genuine community development.
Mr. Malvar is a graduate of AB Economics with earned units in Masters in Business Administration.
Ms. Ma. Luz A. Planas
Ms. Planas joined TSPI Board of Trustees in October 2000. She is the Chair of BOT Audit and Compliance Committee. She is the current Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI).
Ms. Planas is the Chairperson of VA Alvarez Realty Corp., where she formerly served as the Treasurer (1995- 2006). She is currently a Board Member to the BF West Homeowners Association.
She was previously with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). She became President and CEO of BPI Forex Corporation from 1999 to 2004. She is actively involved in various civic and religious organizations as a Board Member. Her noteworthy contributions in community development include the renovation of the Resurrection of our Lord Parish Church in BF Parañaque and the greening of BF West Executive Village also in Parañaque City. She also partnered with a local community at her hometown in Roxas City to build the new Pueblo de Panay. She is a passionate professional dancer joining competitions locally and abroad.
Ms. Planas obtained degrees are Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Major in Humanity and Bachelor of Business, Major in Accounting.
Ms. Florencia G. Tarriela
Ms. Tarriela’s service with TSPI as Member of the Board of Trustees started in October 2003. She is the Chair of the BOT Investment Committee and the Vice Chair of the BOT Governance Committee. Presently, she is the Treasurer, Board of Trustees, of Tulay sa Pag-unlad Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI).
She holds the distinction for being the first woman chairperson of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and the first Filipina Vice President of Citibank N.A. She was a former Undersecretary of the Department of Finance and was an Alternate Monetary Board Member of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). She also held several key positions as President of Bank Administration of the Philippines, Independent Director of PNB Life Insurance, Inc. and Director of Bankers Association of the Philippines.
Her other current undertakings include: Adviser of the Philippine National Bank (PNB); Independent Director of LT Group, Inc.; Director of PNB Capital and Investment Corporation; Independent Director of PNB International Investments Corporation; Columnist of “Business Options” of the Manila Bulletin and “Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) Folio” of Business World; Director/Vice President of Tarriela Management Company; Director/Vice President/Assistant Treasurer of Gozon Development Corporation; Life Sustaining Member of Bankers Institute of the Philippines and FINEX; Fellow at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Trustee of FINEX; President of Flor’s Garden and Natural Haven’s Inc., and Director of Makati Garden Club.
As a banker, entrepreneur and an environmentalist, she has been recognized as the Go Negosyo 2018 Woman Intrapreneur Awardee, Most Outstanding Citibank Philippines Alumni Awardee for Community Involvement (2014), and Distinguished Lady Banker awarded by the Bank Administration Institute of the Philippines. She is also a co-author of several inspirational and gardening books.
Ms. Tarriela obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Economics from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Mr. David T. Bussau
Mr. Bussau is TSPI’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus. He left a successful business career at the age of 35 to pioneer the concept of providing marketplace solutions for social problems, which include health, education, nutrition, water, microfinance, persecution, leadership and sex trafficking. He also actively promotes good governance among not-for-profit organizations.
He is the founder of Maranatha Trust, Opportunity International Australia and 15 international movements including Wholistic Transformation Resource Center Foundation Inc. (WTRC) in the Philippines. He serves as a consultant to multinational firms and has a team of dedicated colleagues in Asia who implements and monitors development programs.
Mr. Bussau is renowned for his innovative and creative approach to post-disaster rehabilitation, contending that wealth creation and the power of market forces will accelerate poverty alleviation and nation-building. He challenges the old development paradigms and encourages fresh, exciting, audacious and bold out-of-the-box entrepreneurial ideas to liberate the poor. He wants to ignite the creative spark in people to release the amazing potential in each individual to live more dynamic, fulfilling and purpose-driven lives.
His inventive mind and passionate heart brought him a number of recognition through the years, namely: Australia’s 10 Most Creative Minds (2000), Order of Australia Medal (2001), Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2003), The First Social Enterprise to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy in Monte Carlo, Monaco (2003), Australian of the Year Finalist (2005), Special Humanitarian Award in Singapore (2005), Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award in USA (2005), Australian Council for International Development Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award (2006), Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship in USA (2007), Senior Australian of the Year Award (2008) and Asia CEO Non-Profit Leadership Team of the Year Finalist in the Philippines (2010).
Ms. Alice Z. Cordero
Ms. Cordero joined TSPI in May 2019. She serves concurrent positions as the Executive Director of TSPI and as President and Chief Executive Officer of TSPI Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (TSPI MBAI) – the microinsurance arm of TSPI.
Ms. Cordero gained her management and leadership expertise through her solid career in banking. She was Philippine National Bank’s First Senior Vice President (FSVP) until April 2019 and was appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of the Bank on June 2010 with oversight of the Parent Bank, including all the subsidiaries, affiliate and foreign branches. She also served as the Corporate Governance Executive of the Bank. From 2008-2019, she served as Director and presently as Adviser of the Association of Bank Compliance Officers (ABCOMP). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines, and earned units in Master’s in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Prior to joining PNB, she was the CCO of Allied Banking Corporation (ABC) from 2007 to 2010. She worked with Citibank N.A. – Manila Branch for almost 20 years, from 1988 to 2007, and held various senior positions in the Consumer Banking Group, including Compliance and Control Director from 1999 to 2005 and concurrent Regional Compliance and Control Director for the Philippines and Guam in 2004. Her 40 years of banking experience include working for Philippine National Bank (PNB) from 2010 to 2019, ABC (1979-1983; 2007-2010, First National Bank of Chicago-Manila Branch (1983-1986), Far East Bank and Trust Company (1986-1988) and Citibank N.A.-Manila Branch (1988-2007), where she held department head positions in Credit Policy, Credit and Research Management, Financial Control, Corporate Regulatory Reporting, Asset Strategy, Business Deve lopment, Risk Management and Compliance.