SEC. JESLI A. LAPUS
ALT Center for Tourism, Chairman/Executive Director
With a solid track record as a professional executive in the private sector behind him, Hon. Lapus has served with distinction in the cabinets of three (3) Philippine Presidents namely: Pres. Arroyo, Pres. Ramos and Pres. Aquino in the following capacities: Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry (2001), Secretary, Department of Education (2006-2010), President and CEO, The Land Bank of the Philippines (1992-1998), and Undersecretary, Department of Agrarian Reform (1987-1989).
He was elected member of the Philippine Congress for three consecutive terms in 1998-2007 where, as the leader in economic and education matters, he spearheaded many landmark legislation such as the crucial 2005 Fiscal Reform Measures which saved the Philippines from certain financial crisis; WTO Safeguard Laws including the Anti-Dumping Law; Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. Charter; Overseas Absentee Voting Law; and the Pre-Need Plan Code.
Congressman Lapus was Chairman of the powerful House Committees on Ways and Means, Trade and Industry, Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and Vice-Chairman of Appropriations.
A multi-awarded executive in the private sector (i.e. manufacturing, financial services and international trade) he has successfully managed celebrated firms and a universal bank in attaining industry leadership. His management highlights include the following: He led the Department of Education (DepEd) in consistently garnering the highest public approval ratings among government agencies. He was rated top performing Cabinet Secretary for two consecutive years (2008-09) by Pulse Asia national surveys; As the youngest President and CEO of the Land Bank of the Philippines at 42 years old, Lapus steered the bank from number 18 to become the 3rd biggest in the banking industry and best performing GFI in a span of six years from 1992-1998; As the first Filipino and the youngest Managing Director of the German multinational company Triumph International (Phils.), Inc. from 1979-1985, Lapus led it to become the biggest operation of its kind in the world making it a top Philippine exporter and employer; At 23, Lapus was the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the Ramcar Group. He engineered mergers and acquisitions in the battery industry which established Ramcar as the undisputed market leader in the country; At age 20, Lapus was Auditor-in-Charge and Management Consultant at SGV & Co., CPA’s (1969-1973).
In recognition of this outstanding leadership, Lapus has been conferred the following awards: Presidential Order of Lakandula Award with the rank of Bayani for his exemplary achievement in public service as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, Secretary of the Department of Education and Representative 3rd District of Tarlac; Manuel L. Quezon Award for Exemplary Governance, Federation of Catholic Schools Alumni Association (FeCaSAA) and the Good Citizenship Movement (GCM); Communication Excellence in Organizations (CEO) EXCEL Award by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC); Champion of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame, Certiport U.S.A. for exemplary efforts to transform education through digital literacy standards, first Asian to be honored; Asian Institute of Management “Triple A” Award in 1980, the youngest to receive the highest award given to an alumnus for outstanding management practice; and Outstanding CPA in the Philippines (both PICPA and GACPA). Lapus was also dubbed as a “Management Whiz Kid in the ASEAN” by Asian Finance, an international magazine.
Lapus is currently affiliated with the following organizations: Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Independent Director and Chairman: Trust Committee); Asian Institute of Management (Trustee); Manila Tytana Colleges, Inc. (Chairman); Alliance Global Group, Inc. (Senior Advisor to the Chairman); Radiowealth Finance Co. Inc. (Director) and Information and Communications Technology Academy Inc. (Director).
He was also a past director of Manila Electric Company, Union Bank of the Philippines and Philippine Airlines. Lapus was also President, Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Executive Board Member, UNESCO-Paris, Chairman, Board of Investments (BOI), Chairman, Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA), Chairman, Cabinet Committee on Tariff and Related Matters (CTRM), Chairman, Expert Development Council, Chairman, MSMED Council (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Chairman, National Development Corporation, Governor, Management Association of the Philippines, Governor, Bankers Association of the Philippines and a Member of YPO, Finex, PICPA, PCCI, GBAP, PMAP, Rotary Club of Manila.
Lapus received his Doctor of Public Administration from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Master in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management; Investment Appraisal and Management from Harvard University, USA; Management of Transfer of Technology from INSEAD, France; Project Management from BITS, Sweden; Personal Financial Planning from UCLA, USA; and Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.