About the Speakers and Paper Presenters

Presently the Undersecretary for National Development Policy and Planning, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Among her major responsibilities is shepherding the formulation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). The PDP is an elaboration of the country’s priorities over the medium-term and is the blueprint of government policies, programs and projects.

She also oversees the monitoring of the PDP implementation. In addition, she is in-charge of providing technical advice on policy issues to both the legislative and executive branches of government, especially the committees of the NEDA Board.

She is a 2019 Presidential Gawad Career Executive Service (CES) Awardee for her exemplary performance and significant contributions to public policy.

Educational Background

Holds a PhD in Economics from La Trobe University in Australia

Acquired her MA degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics

Earned her MS degree in Statistics from the UP School of Statistics

Other Major Involvements

Presently, chairs the Task Group on Recovery under the National Task Force against COVID19 and the Technical Working Group on Anticipatory and Forward Planning.

She also chairs the Social Development Committee-Technical Board and the Technical Committee on Tariff Related Matters and heads the Secretariat of the Economic Development Cluster of the Cabinet.

USEC Edillon is also a member of the sub-TWG on Data Analytics under the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Development Budget Coordination Committee of the NEDA Board.

She is currently a member of the Board of the Philippine Economic Society, where she used to be President and is also a member of the Philippine Commission of the UNESCO.

She was formerly the Chair of the Macroeconomics Committee of the UNESCAP and the Vice-Chair of the Economic Committee of the APEC.

Representative, Lone District of Guimaras
18th Congress of the Philippines 

She is the current Chairperson of the Committee on Population and Family Relations of the House of Representatives, and the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development.

She is also an active Member of the following Committees: Appropriations, Higher and Technical Education, Agriculture, Women and Gender, Foreign Affairs and Visayas Development.

Educational Background

A Doctor by profession, she earned her baccalaureate degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas and graduated as Doctor of Medicine at the Iloilo Doctors' College of Medicine.

She took her specialty training in Internal Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital, Iloilo City and her subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital, Quezon City.

She is a Diplomate and Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians, an Associate Member of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and a Member of the Philippine Hospital Infection Control Society.

Notable Achievements

She became the Congresswoman of the Lone District of Guimaras during the 17th Congress.

She has made it her vocation to empower her fellow women in Guimaras and for the past years, she has worked as the founding chairwoman of the Integrated Women’s Alliance of Guimaras, a women’s group composed mostly of women agricultural workers, fisherfolks and housewives, to reach out to its marginalized members through skills training and livelihood activities.

She is also the principal author of HB No. 7779, or “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE PERMANENT VALIDITY OF THE CERTIFICATES OF LIVE BIRTH, DEATH, AND MARRIAGE ISSUED, SIGNED, CERTIFIED, AND AUTHENTICATED BY THE PHILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY (PSA), THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICES, AND THE NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE (NSO), wherein the substituted bill, House Bill 9175 had been approved by the House on Third Reading on June 2, 2021 and transmitted to the Senate on June 3, 2021.

Currently the OIC-Assistant National Statistician Civil Registration Service, Philippine Statistics Authority

Educational Background

Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
University of Northern Philippines (1998)

Completed 30 Units leading to Master’s in Applied Statistics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Acquired Master’s in Demography at the University of The Philippines – Population Institute Diliman, Quezon City (2015)

Currently in charge of the Statistics Division of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Has worked to advance statistics and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific during the past two decades.

She has a central role in pulling governments and other partners together around the “Get Every One In the Picture initiative and the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in 2014 which resulted in the Asia-Pacific CRVS Decade.

Educational Background

Holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science degrees from Aalborg University, Denmark and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Heads the Population and Social Statistics team at UN-ESCAP Statistics Division

Leads work on a range of topics including CRVS, gender statistics, migration statistics, and data integration.

She has worked in both international and national statistical systems for nearly 20 years including UNHCR, the United Nations Population Division, the UK Department for International Development and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.

Educational Background

PhD in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in the USA

MA in Demography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel

Chief Administrative Officer of the Civil Registration and Administrative Support Division of PSA-Regional Statistical Services Office-Cordillera Autonomous Region (RSSO-CAR).

He has for his record good and competitive ranking in various training and events. He ranked 5th in the Post Test in the Training Course on the International Classification of Diseases Version 10 for Codes; ranked 3rd in the Post Test of Advanced ICD-10 Training on Mortality Coding Using the Mortality Medical Data System.

Moreover, under his supervision, the RSSO-CAR was awarded as “Best in Civil Registration” in the PSA Awards for 2020.

Educational Background

He finished B.S. Math-Physics degree at the University of the Philippines-Baguio in April 1992.

He acquired his Master of Arts in Applied Statistics degree at Benguet State University under the Civil Service Commission’s Local Scholarship Program for SY 2003-2004 and was awarded for having the Best Thesis.

He is currently a Senior Special Assistant in the DFA – Office of the Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Affairs (UCSCA) and the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Consular Affairs.

He was the Vice Consul in the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, Japan from the years 2002 to 2010 and the Minister and Consul General in the Philippine Embassy in Ankara, Turkey and the Philippine Embassy in London, United Kingdom in 2013.

At the home office of the DFA, he was assigned as Director of the Office of American Affairs and as Acting Director of the Office of Protocol.

Educational Background

Graduated at Immaculate Concepcion Seminary, Classical with a degree in AB Major in Philosophy.

Took Master of Science in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy at the Loughborough University and Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University

Registration Officer IV at the Philippine Statistics Authority – Regional Statistical Services Office in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) since 22 August 2018.

Rose from the ranks through the years from Assistant Statistical Coordination Officer in 1997 at the Provincial Statistics Office to Statistical Coordination Officer I, Statistician II, Statistical Specialist II until his current position.

Before he joined the government service, he was the News Director of Radio Station DYDM - AM, Maasin, Southern Leyte from 01 May 1993 - 10 June 1997

He was a part-time College Professor for the BS Public Administration Program at Maasin City College from June 2007 to March 2013 and was also a part-time Graduate School Professor for Master of Public Administration Program at Southern Leyte State University, Tomas Oppus Campus from 15 November 2011 to 30 March 2012 and at the College of Maasin, Maasin City from 01 June 2017 to 30 March 2018

Educational Background

Earned 24 Units of Doctor of Philosophy degree in Technology Management at Southern Leyte State University, Main Campus (01 June 2015 - 30 March 2016)

Master of Public Policy - Development Administration from The Australian National University, Canberra ACT Australia - Crawford School of Economics and Government (July 2005 - June 2006) as AUSAID-ADS Scholar. His Research Topic was on "Policy Dilemmas in Local Government Planning in Southern Leyte Province, Philippines"

Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from The Australian National University, Canberra ACT Australia-Crawford School of Economics and Government (June 2004 - July 2005) as AUSAID-ADS Scholar and graduated with Distinction/Honours

Master of Public Administration from Southern Leyte State University, Tomas Oppus Campus (June 1998 - March 2003) as CSC Local Scholarship Program Grantee.  His  Thesis Topic was on "Civil Registration in Southern Leyte: For An Efficient Registry Services Scheme"

Bachelor of Secondary Education graduate from Saint Joseph College, Maasin City, Southern Leyte (June 1993 - March 1995)

Bachelor of Arts in Economics graduate from Saint Joseph College, Maasin City, Southern Leyte (November 1989 - March 1993)

Other Involvements

President, College of Education Student Body (1993 - 1995)

Vice-President, Federation of College Students' Association

President, College of Liberal Arts Student Body (1991 - 1993)

Associate Editor - "The Josephinian" (1992-1995)

Social Welfare Officer III of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Quezon City since March 2008.

Designated as Adoption Social Worker from 2015 up to the present and currently the Team Leader of the RA 11222 Unit.

Started her career at DSWD in March 2000 as Social Welfare Officer I and was promoted as Social Welfare Officer II on January 2006 until March 2008.

With her growing and excellent skills in social work, she was in designated to be the Focal Person in various programs of the DSWD from 2006 to 2014 to wit:  Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (2006-2010); Supplementary Feeding Program (2010-2012) and International Social Welfare Services for Filipino Nationals (2012-2014). 

Educational Background:

Graduated with a degree on Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1998 as Dean’s Lister for the 2nd Semester of the same year.

Currently, taking up Master of Science in Social Work at the Philippine Women’s University-Manila.


Technical Writing; Public Speaking; Case Assessments; Training Facilitation

Regional Director (Director II) of PSA NCR since November 3, 2020.

Started in 1992 as an enumerator at the then National Statistics Office and rose from the ranks. He became a casual employee and then was given a permanent appointment as Clerk II.  He was promoted as Assistant Statistician, then as a Statistical Coordination Officer 1 and later as Statistician II.

Designated as Officer in Charge-Provincial Statistics Officer and after 5 years was promoted to become a full-pledged Provincial Statistics Officer- Statistician V. 

He was placed as an Interim Provincial Statistics Officer of the Philippine Statistics Authority and later as a Chief Statistical Specialist of PSA National Capital Region-
District 3.

On April 6, 2019, he was designated as Officer in Charge – Regional Director of PSA NCR.

Educational Background

Finished his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila as a product of Civil Service Commission’s Bachelor’s Degree Completion.

After 2 years, he earned his Master’s in Business Administration at the Philippine Christian University-Dasmarinas, Cavite.

OIC-Director IV, Privacy Policy of National Privacy Commission.

Started to be a part of the NPC in October 2016 and assigned as Chief of Policy Development Division.

Prior to joining the Commission, she was the Director for Tax Services at SGV & Co, a member practice of Ernst & Young Global

Educational Background

Atty. Villasoto obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree major in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in 2004 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the Far Eastern University in 2009.

She has been in the practice of law since 2010.

Assistant Professor at University of the Philippines- Population Institute since 2017.

Currently, acts as a Lead Consultant on the Research Project on Development and Analysis for Regional Population and Development Situation including Estimation of Indicators related to the Demographic Dividend for Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

He was also a Lead Consultant on a research project for the same agency in the year 2020 and at the same for the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Maternal Mortality Estimation for the Philippines from 2020 to 2021.

He started as Research Assistant at University of the Philippines-Population Institute and Demographic Research and Development Foundation Inc., year 2010 to 2011.

On the following year, 2012 to 2013, he became the University Extension Specialist (Research) at the University of the Philippines-Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs. Thereafter, he was placed to be the Instructor and Deputy of the Statistical Computing Laboratory at the University of the Philippines – School of Statistics from 2013 to 2016.

He has been a resource person and a lecturer to several trainings and workshop from 2014 to present. Also, participated in Advanced Specialized Training conducted by Technical University of Crete, US Census Bureau and University of Michigan in various years.

Educational Background

Finished his Bachelor of Science in Statistics at University of the Philippines, School of Statistics (2006-2010).

He earned his Master of Arts in Demography at University of the Philippines Population Institute (2010-2015) and a recipient of Fellowship.

He also received a Partial Support Grant for Foreign Studies of CHED and a full funding for his European Doctoral School of Demography Program at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research-Germany and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. (2016-2017) from the Economic and Social Research Council – Doctoral Training Center (ESCRS-DTC) of United Kingdom.

From 2019 to present, he is taking his PhD in Health Science (Health Demography) at University of the Philippines, National Graduate Office for the Health Sciences.


Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines, College of Law (since 2018)

Member, Corps of professors for international law, Philippine Judicial Academy (since 2021)

Deputy Director, UP Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program (since 2020)

Executive Director, ASEAN Law Institute (since 2019)

Chairman, International Law Committee, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (since 2017)

Educational Background

Master of Laws (International Law), with merit, University College London (2006)

  • Chevening Scholar of the British Government

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines (1998)

  • Fifth place in bar examinations with grade of 90.70

Bachelor of Secondary Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman (1992)

Other Experiences/Involvements


  • Executive Director (Undersecretary rank), Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (2016)
  • Senior Lawyer, World Bank, Washington, D.C. (2014)
  • General Counsel, Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (2011-2013)
  • Assistant to the Philippine Representative to the World Trade Organization, Geneva (2006-2007)
  • Corporate Lawyer, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices (2007-2011)
  • Assistant Secretary, Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Malacañang (2004)
  • Litigation Lawyer, Carpio Villaraza & Cruz Law Offices (1999-2001)
  • Court Attorney, Supreme Court (1998-1999)

He presently, the State Counsel of the Legal Staff of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a designated Protection Officer of the DOJ Refugees and Stateless Persons Protection Unit (DOJ-RSPPU).

Before joining the DOJ, he was a former Municipal Administrator of the Municipality of San Juan, Southern Leyte; a Court Attorney of the Court of Appeals (Manila); and a Senior Associate Lawyer of Saludo Agpalo Fernandez Aquino (SAFA) Law Office.

He is a regular resource person/lecturer of the DOJ-RSPPU, both in domestic and foreign fora, on the Philippine’s legal framework on refugees, stateless persons, asylum seekers, and those populations at risk of statelessness.

Among others, he was also among the invited resource person during the 8th and 9th PSA National Workshop on Civil Registration held in Iloilo and Manila, respectively and in the orientation trainings and learning sessions conducted for the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philippine National Police (PNP), and select members of Congress. 

Also teaches at the College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of Perpetual Help DALTA System -Las Piñas Campus on part-time basis. 

Educational Background

Earned his degrees in AB Political Science at the University of San Carlos, and Juris Doctor at the University of San Jose-Recoletos and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006.

In 2016, he was granted full scholarship in the Summer Course on International Statelessness Law at the Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands. He participated and completed the 92nd International Refugee Law Course at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in San Remo, Italy in 2017.

Moreover, he attended and completed the summer course in Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands in July 2021. On the following month, August 2021, he completed the summer course in Private International Law also at The Hague Academy.

Municipal Civil Registrar of Lingayen, Pangasinan since 25 September 2012.

On 01 July 1998, he was elected as a Municipal Councilor of Sangguniang Bayan – Lingayen and ended his term on 30 June 2004.

From then, he worked as a full time instructor at AMA Computer Learning Center from September 2002 to March of 2004.

Considering the call for public service, he was back and appointed as Municipal Consultant at the Office of the Mayor, LGU-Lingayen from October 2001 to January 2004. On July 1st of the same year, he was re-elected as Municipal Councilor of the Sangguniang Bayan – Lingayen.

He has also been recognized for heading the LCRO’s untiring and innovative efforts in providing quality civil registration system and services to the Municipality of Lingayen, Pangasinan to include, among others the successful conduct of the Kasalang Bayan in 2020.

A Plaque of Recognition was given to him by the LGU for having garnered an award from the Philippine Statistics Authority for being the Most Innovative Civil Registration Activity for the years 2015 to 2016 in Region I.

His skills coupled with all his hard work paid off with the various awards and recognitions he received to wit: Outstanding Performer of Duty and Assistance, System Analysis and Design Outstanding Employee of LGU-Lingayen, and Outstanding Municipal Councilor of Philippine Councilors League (PCL).

Educational Background:

Graduate of Bachelor of Computer Major in Data Processing Management at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (1992 to 1996).

Took up Bachelor of Laws at the University of Pangasinan (2000 to 2004).

Obtained Masters in Developmental Management at the Pangasinan State University- Open University System (2004 to 2006).

City Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City since 2018

Worked in the City Civil Registry Office of Cagayan de Oro since 1979

Currently the Vice-President of the Civil Registrars of Misamis Oriental ( CROMO )

Educational Background

Graduated with a Degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Accounting at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in 1985

Studied Master’s in Business Administration (MBA 11) at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan

Major Accomplishments/Achievements

Implemented new systems and procedures towards modernization of the Civil Registry Office

Second Runner Up - 1st National CRVS Quiz Bee Competition

Champion - 1st LCRO Quiz Bee Competition in Region X.

Municipal Civil Registrar of Local Government Unit (LGU) of Antipas, Cotabato since 2019 to present.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer of LGU Antipas, Cotabato from 2014 to 2019.

OIC Municipal Agriculturist of LGU Antipas, Cotabato from 2012 to 2013.

Agricultural Technologist devolved to LGU Antipas, Cotabato from 1993 to 2013.

Agricultural Technologist at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Amas, Kidapawan, Cotabato from 1980-1993.

Educational Background

Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Major in Soil Science degree at the University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan, Cotabato (1976- 1980)

Obtained Master’s in Public Affairs Management degree at the University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan, Cotabato (2004-2007)

Earned 30 units leading to Doctor of Philosophy in Extension Education degree at University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan, Cotabato (2007-2009)


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1st National Convention on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Secretariat
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