Board of Directors

The Board of Directors as of December 31, 2019 with positions held for the last Five (5) years.
Term of Office: One (1) Year

Mr. Eduardo R. Carreon, Director/Chairman of the Board

Mr. Carreon, 71, Filipino, is President and CEO of CVLF Consultancy and Outsourcing Corporation since 2009. He served in various positions with Maybank Philippines since 1999. He was Consultant (2008-2009), and prior, Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Financial Services (2003-2008). He served as Consultant for Capital Advisors for Private Enterprise Expansion Inc. from 1998-1999. He was also Country Manager for Dow Jones Philippines (1995-1998); General Manager, Philippine Finance and Investment Company, Hong Kong (1979-1981); Assistant Vice President, PCIBank – 1974-1979; and Pro Manager, Citibank from 1970-1973.

Mr. Carreon graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also an MBA candidate from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Eduardo S. Mendiola, President

Mr. Mendiola, 64 Filipino, has been serving as a member of the Board of Director of the following companies since June 2015, namely: First Metro Save & Learn Fixed-Income Fund, Inc., First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund, Inc., First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund, Inc., First Metro Save and Learn Dollar Bond Fund, Inc., First Metro Asia Focus Equity Fund, Inc., First Metro Consumer Fund and First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc. He is a career Executive Service officer II and held the position of Deputy Treasurer of the Philippines from 1994 to 2013. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Treasurer, he held various positions in the Bureau of the Treasury from 1982-1993. He attended various trainings and conferences abroad on capital markets, development of financial system in the ASEAN, financial market analysis, and fiscal discipline among others.

He received the Most Outstanding “Dangal ng Trinity Award for Financial Administration” by Trinity University of Asia in 2009, and Distinguished Alumnus of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 2005.

He finished his BS Statistics at the University of the East. He also completed a Master’s in Business Administration from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Fr. Rafael K. Eloriaga, Independent Director

Fr. Rafael K. Eloriaga, 56, Filipino. Independent Director for First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund, Inc., First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund, Inc., First Metro Consumer Fund, , First Metro Save and Learn Money Market Fund, Inc. and First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc.

Fr. Eloriaga is currently the Vice-President for Finance of Adamson University (2016-present), a member of the Finance Committee, General Curia under the Congregation of the Mission (2013 to present) and joined as member of the Board of Trustees of the Universidad de Sta Isabel, Naga City (2016 to present). He was formerly the Cebu Business Center Head for Central and Eastern Visayas Senior Manager of BPI Family from 2005-2006 and the Provincial Econome, Philippine Province- Congregation of the Mission (2012- 2016)

Fr. Eloriaga took up his AB Philosophy and Letters at Dela Salle University in 1983 and his BS Accountancy at Fr. Saturnino Urios University in 1994. He finished the Curriculum of Ordained Ministry and Masters in Pastoral Theology at St. Vincent School of Theology

Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, Independent Director

Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, Ph.D., 81, Filipino, serves as the Senior Vice President of the University of Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Villegas serves as an Educational Consultant for the Parents for Education Foundation Inc. (“PAREF”), and a columnist in the Manila Bulletin. Dr. Villegas also serves as the Dean of the School of Economics of the University of Asia & the Pacific and as Consultant of Bank of Philippine Islands, and Transnational Diversified Inc. He serves as Director of Transnational Diversified Inc. from 2000 to present. He has been the Chairman of Filipino Fund Inc. since June 2012. He serves as a Member of Board of Trustees of The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd. and South East Asia Advisory Board of Rolls Royce Group plc from 1995 to 2002. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of leading firms in the food and beverage, sugar milling, pharmaceutical, electric power, banking, information technology, construction, agribusiness, trading, transportation and engineering industries. He began to serve in the Board of AMC in 1999. He serves as Director of Filipino Fund Inc. He was President of Philippine Economic Society. He served as Project Director, Philippine Economic History under the National Historical Commission; Member, Preparatory Commission for Constitutional Reforms and Constitutional Commission; Consultant, Productivity Development Center-National Economic Council and Program Implementation Agency. He serves as the Chairman of Center for Research and Communication. He is a Member of the boards of several foundations such as Dualtech Foundation, Pilipinas Shell Foundation and PHINMA Foundation. He is a Member of the board of Trustees of the Makati Business Club. He is Professor of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Manila, Philippines, and a Visiting Professor in Economics, IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. His special fields of study are developments economics, social economics, business economics and strategic management. He is a Certified Public Accountant, having been one of the CPA board topnotchers in 1958. He is the Consultant on Strategic Planning and Management.

He also served as Chairman of Filipino Fund Inc. until February 2007, Co-Chairman until November 30, 2007 and served as its President. He served as Chairman, Department of Economics-De La Salle University Manila and Director, Economic Research Bureau and Graduate School of Business-De La Salle University Manila. He has been an Independent Director of Benguet Corp. since June 25, 1998. He has been a Director of Alaska Milk Corp. since August 2008. He served as Director of Bank of Philippine Islands from 1980 to 2000. He served as a Director of the Filipino Fund Inc., from June 1995 to November 30, 2007. He served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Uniwide Holdings Inc., since September 11, 1994. He served as an Independent Director of Alaska Milk Corp. from 1999 to 2006.

Dr. Villegas holds a Ph.D. in Economics and M.A. in Economics from the Harvard University. He obtained his Bachelor´s degrees in Commerce and the Humanities (both Summa Cum Laude) from De La Salle University.

Dr. Villegas is one of the three Independent Directors of the Company.

Mr. Winston L. Peckson, Director

Mr. Peckson, 68, Filipino, has thirty-six years of experience in the banking industry. Among his past positions were Head of Treasury Marketing of Philippine National Bank (PNB) from 2009-2010; Vice President and General Manager of the Manila Offshore Branch of ABN-AMRO NV from October 1999-2009; VP and Corporate Treasury Advisor of Bank of America- Manila Branch from 1996-1999; CEO and Director of Danamon Finance Company (HK) from 1991-1996 and Manager Corporate Banking of Lloyds Bank PLC (HK) from 1986-1991, and VP(Commercial) at the Manila Offshore Branch. He is presently the Chief Risk Officer of GT Capital Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Peckson obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management in 1977, and he graduated from the Ateneo De Manila University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, minor in Business Administration.

Atty. Abelardo V. Cortez, Independent Director

Atty. Cortez, 74, Filipino, has over 25 years of banking experience in the local and international banking industry, concentrating on treasury, trust and private banking side of the business. Over this period, he held the following posts: Money Market Head- Rizal Banking Corporation (1978 to 1980); Vice President-Treasury Operations, Bank of the Philippine Island (1980 to 1986); Managing Director and CEO, BPI International Finance Ltd. (Hongkong) from 1987 to 1995; Vice President, Head/Private Banking Group- Bank of the Philippine Island (1995 to 1996); Director for Trust and Investments, ATR KimEng Capital Partners, Inc. (1996 to 2011). He was FINEX President in 2007 and Co-Chairman of the country’s Capital Market Development Council in 2008. He was a former director/trustee of FINEX Foundation. He was a former director of First Metro Asset Management Inc.

Presently, he sits as Independent Director of PBC Capital Investment Corporation (since 2012) and First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc. (since May 2014).

In 2008, San Beda College Alumni Association voted him most Distinguished Bedan Award in the field of banking and finance.

Atty. Cortez earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College of Law. He completed his collegiate studies at San Beda College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude.

Atty. Cortez writes a monthly business column in the prestigious leading business daily, the Businessworld.

Mr. Michael G. Say, Director

Mr. Say, 60, Filipino, graduated from De La Salle University with a degree in Management of Financial Institutions.

He is currently Chairman of the following companies: Capitalwise Groups Ltd., (2008 to present), Atlantic Archers Achiever Corporation (2004 to present), Chef and Cooks Market Corporation (2009 to present), and Crusade for Better Philippines Inc., Hiratsuka Int´l Corp.

He was the former Chairman for the following companies: Poc and Poc Corporation (2010 to 2016), Chic Uniform, Inc. (2002 to 2013) and Tokagawa Global Corporation (2004 to 2013).