BISHOP DEGRACIAS INIQUEZ, JR., D.D.
Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez is the Chairperson of Tahanan Sta. Luisa’s Board of Trustees and has been working with the non-profit organization since it was founded. He was the first bishop of Caloocan and had served the diocese since August 2003. He was ordained in 1963 and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Malolos from 1985 to 1989 and as bishop of Iba, Zambales, from 1990 to 2003. As the chairman of the CBCP’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, Iñiguez gave his voice to many social and political issues including the reproductive health law and land reform. He was also a steadfast advocate on environmental issues and children’s rights. He also led many of the church’s socio-apostolic projects & missions involving agrarian reform, livelihood, health care, the urban poor, and the youth.
Rosauro Diño is the Vice Chairperson of Tahanan Sta. Luisa’s Board of Trustees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the Ateneo De Manila University. He has over 25 years of experience in handling corporate social responsibility initiatives while working as a top professional manager in private corporations and organizations. He has worked with PepsiCo International, Pepsi Cola Philippines, Lorenzo Group, and Procter & Gamble. He handled multiple functions in finance, marketing, sales, manufacturing, human resources, and community relations. He has over 15 years of experience in development management consultancy with private companies and five nonprofit institutions. He is also a trustee of the St. Vincent De Paul Foundation.
ATTORNEY ALEXYSS ALIP
Atty. Alexyss Alip is the Corporate Secretary of Tahanan Sta. Luisa’s Board of Trustees. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the De La Salle University. As a legal intern for the UP Clinical Legal Education on Environmental Litigation, she represented indigent clients before the National Commission on Indigenous People. She has also assisted in researching, drafting, and editing publications that include the “Rights-Based Perspective on the Intersection and Tensions of International and Philippine Energy Governance and Climate Change” and “The Climate Change and Human Rights Conundrum.”
Victoria Rialp holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Maryknoll College and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has 30 years of significant experience in promoting all aspects of protecting women and children against violence, abuse, and exploitation. With her years of service in local and international development work, she has harnessed her skills in situation analyses, strategic planning, program management, monitoring, and evaluation. She has worked with the UNICEF and ILO in Brazil, New York, Jordan, Geneva, and India and was assigned to numerous missions and short-term assignments to Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America.
Angelita Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Centro Escolar University in Manila. She has significant years of experience in the mining industry, having been appointed to the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board in Rizal. She is also a member of the board of directors of the National Mining Association and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, and is currently the Vice President of Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation. Lita is a staunch advocate of women and children’s rights, and uses her networks to launch projects that will help stop violence against women and children. She has served as president of the Zonta Club Makati Central Business District and the Rotary Club of Manila.
NELLEN DE LA FUENTE, RSW
Mercy Cabrillas holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the Centro Escolar University, Manila. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in development work, particularly in dealing with sexually abused and prostituted girls and street children, community organizing, advocacy, and psychosocial interventions. Cabrillas has served as head social worker, program coordinator, and executive director and has worked with non-government organizations like Consuelo Foundation, CRIBS, Inc., Families and Children for Project Manager Empowerment and Development, and Childhope Philippines. She is currently the senior social worker at Kuya Center for Street Children. She had served as Tahanan Sta. Luisa’s Center Director for eight years.
Veronica Ignacio holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management from the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She was a consistent dean’s lister and was the grant recipient for the Leading Social Change project under JHU’s Entrepreneurship and Management Program. She gained relevant skills in business strategy, finance, marketing, and corporate social responsibility through internships in Washington D.C., New York, Singapore, and Manila. Upon graduation, she worked as Procter & Gamble’s Consumer Market Knowledge Associate Manager. She is now a consultant at Development Finance International, an advisory firm specializing in public-private partnerships in emerging markets.
Leopoldo Moselina is an educator and sociologist committed to promoting and advancing the rights and well-being of children. He is the Founder and National Coordinator of the Foundation for Grassroots Studies and Social Action (FGSSA) and a former Chief of the Child Protection Section at UNICEF Manila. Moselina has led researchers and regional and local level consultations involving committees for the welfare of children to gather more data, experiences, and insights from the field. He has also served as board member of the Salvatorian Pastoral Care for Children and Institute of Family Life and Children’s studies. He was also the board secretary of Anak Natin Foundation.
TERESITA L. SILVA
Teresita Silva is the founder of Tahanan Sta. Luisa. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work at the Catholic University of America. She has dedicated her life to advancing street children’s rights and welfare. Her many decades of social work include serving as Director and Program Head for the National Council for Social Development, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Philippine Business for Social Progress. She has also worked as a consultant for various institutions including UNESCO, UNICEF, World Health Organization, Save the Children Fund USA, and the UN Division for the Advancement of Women. She received the Outstanding Women Leaders in Manila Award for Human Rights in 2013. She is also the founder of ChildHope Philippines and the Families and Children for Empowerment and Development Foundation.