The Philippines is a founding member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. It was represented at the very first PECC conference in Canberra by Ambassador Luz Del Mundo (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr David Sycip (President, RCBC), and Professor A. Castro (University of the Philippines).

Previous chairs of the Philippine National Committee for PECC are: Mr David Sycip, Mr Jose Leviste, Mr Carlos Dominguez, Mr Cecilio Chan, Ambassador Roberto Romulo, and Ambassador Narcisa Escaler.

The Philippines last hosted the PECC General Meeting in 1999 under the leadership of former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Roberto R. Romulo. The General Meeting’s theme was "The Pacific E-conomy in the 21st Century."

For more information see: https://www.pecc.org/event-calendar/past-events/event/126-pecc-xiii-thirteenth-general-meeting

Honorary Chairs


Ambassador Roberto R. Romulo
PPECC Chair 1997-2005 and PECC Chair 1998-1999


Hon Mr Jose L. Leviste, Jr
Former PPECC Chair


Ambassador Antonio I. Basilio

Ambassador Basilio assumed Chairmanship of the PECC Philippine National Committee in 2008.

A career foreign service officer, Mr. Basilio served in London, Geneva, Beijing, Jeddah and Washington, D.C. Other postings include his service as the Deputy Chairman of the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) throughout 1996 when the Philippines was chair of APEC; APEC Senior Official for the Philippines in 1997; Special Trade Representative of the Philippines to the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (GATT/WTO) from 1989-1990; and Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Investments of ASEAN (COTT) in 1989. He was Director of the Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR) of the Department of Trade and Industry from 1989 to 1991. The BITR is responsible for negotiating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and for providing staff work in the formulation of Philippine foreign trade policies and in Philippine participation in ASEAN, APEC and the WTO.

Mr. Basilio joined the private sector in 1998 as President of the Philippine Foundation for Global Concerns Inc., a non-profit organization involved in regional economic issues. In this same capacity he serves as Director of the International Secretariat of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC); and Secretary General of the Philippine chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Mr. Basilio was also senior adviser at the Asian Development Bank from 2001-2002 working on a project on sub-regional economic integration in South Asia. In 2005, he was elected Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which represents Philippine interest in Chinese Taipei. He was an independent Director of the Board of Equitable Banking Corporation in 2006-2007 then the Philippines’ 3rd largest bank. He is currently a Director of the Board of Stratbase Consulting.

He has a degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


Vice-Chair (Government)
Ambassador Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario
  Vice-Chair (Academe)
Dr Federico Macaranas
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Ambassador Laura Q. Del Rosario took her oath as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations on October 3, 2011. Before assuming her current position, Ambassador Del Rosario served as Foreign Service Institute Director General.

Undersecretary Del Rosario rose from the ranks, after passing the Foreign Service Officers examination in 1979. She served as the Philippines' Ambassador to Vietnam (2007 to 2009) and India (2003 to 2007), to Nepal as non-resident Ambassador and was earlier assigned to Vienna, Singapore, and Washington DC.

In her years in the foreign service, she received the Officer's Award Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna in 1987, Adjunct Faculty Award from the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State in 1998, and the Indira Gandhi Award for International Relations.

Before joining the DFA, was as a faculty member, and Director for Admissions at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College) and was a technical staff at SGV Management Consultancy (Ernst & Young). She established Pax et Lumen Academy : A Science and Math School in Angeles City in 2009 as her personal mission in the field of STEM education in Pampanga.

Undersecretary Del Rosario graduated Magna Cum Laude from Maryknoll College and holds Masters degrees in Literature Studies (Benemeritus) from the University of Santo Tomas and in Educational Administration from the University of the Philippines, as a University Scholar.



Prof. Macaranas has a career spanning the fields of academe, business, and government.

In the private sector, he was president of Clemente Holdings (Asia) Ltd. and served as senior adviser on direct investments and mutual funds and economic adviser to the First Philippine Fund (New York).

In government, he assumed several positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs, first as assistant secretary for foreign affairs during the Aquino administration. Under the Ramos administration, he became undersecretary for economic affairs and served as chairman of the 1996 Senior Officials Meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

In 2001, President Arroyo conferred on him the Gawad Mabini, Dakilang Kamanong Award, the highest award given by the Philippine government for diplomatic service.

He started his career as an academician, as an assistant professor and eventually chairman of the economics and finance department of Manhattan College. At the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), he was formerly the dean of the Center for Development Management and also headed the AIM Policy Center, the Institute's think-tank, as its executive director.

Prof. Macaranas earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University of the Philippines (1967) where he was conferred the Carlos P. Romulo Pin for Academic Excellence. He holds a Master of Science in Economics (1970) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (1975) from Purdue University.


Executive Director

Ms Evelyn Q. Manaloto
PPECC Executive Director


Evelyn Manaloto is the Executive Director of the Philippine National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PPECC). She is concurrently the Deputy Director of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) International Secretariat which is based in Manila, Philippines.

Ms. Manaloto was formerly with the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry. She was Chief of the Multilateral and Regional Arrangements Division of the Bureau of International Trade Relations, the Department’s trade policy arm, and was directly involved in the formulation of trade policies and negotiating positions relating to Philippine participation in regional and multilateral fora such as APEC, ASEAN, WTO and UNCTAD. She was involved in advocacy work for the ratification of the WTO Agreement by the Philippine Senate as well as in the preparation of technical inputs necessary for the negotiation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA). Her involvement in the APEC process began in 1996 when the Philippines chaired APEC. She was representative to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment, APEC Market Access Group and the APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group.

Ms. Manaloto earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics (Cum Laude) degree from the University of the Philippines. She holds a Graduate Diploma and Master of Economics of Development degree from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She has also attended various seminars and trainings in the field of trade policy, including the WTO Trade Policy Course in Geneva, Switzerland.

Committee Members

Undersecretary Ferdinand Cui, Jr.
Office of the President

Dr. Emmanuel Esguerra
Deputy Director General
National Economic & Development Authority

Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo
Assistant Secretary
Department of Trade & Industry

Ambassador Narcisa Escaler
Past PPECC Chair

Mr. Tomas Alcantara
Chairman & President
Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc.

Hon. Amadeo R. Perez
Manila Economic & Cultural Office

Mr. Manuel E. Dimaculangan
Manila Economic & Cultural Office

Prof. Victor C. Manhit
CEO, Stratbase Consulting


Dr. Erlinda Medalla
Senior Research Fellow
Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Dr. Ramonette Serafica
Research Fellow
Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Dr. George Manzano
Assistant Professor/Vice Dean
School of Economics
University of Asia & the Pacific

Dr. Salvador Catelo
Professor/Head, Department of Agricultural Economics College of Economics & Management
UP Los Banos

Dr. Joy Abrenica
Research Fellow
Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation UP School of Economics

Mr. Philip Chien
First United Broadcasting Corporation




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