Executive Officers

Marie Arabella D. Veron, TREASURER
Marie Arabella D. Veron, 57 years old, Filipino, Treasurer. Term of office is one year and has served as such from January 29, 2007 up to present. She is currently a Director, Treasurer and First Vice President and Head of Corporate Services and Finance Group of First Metro Asset Management, Inc., Treasurer of First Metro Save and Learn Dollar Bond Fund, Inc., First Metro Asia Focus Equity Fund, Inc., 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 Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc., and Paradigm Global Growth Fund, Inc. She also served as First Vice President and Controller of First Metro Investment Corporation, Treasurer/Director of SBC Properties, Inc. (2003-2016) and Treasurer of PBC Capital Investment Corporation (2006-present). She was a Manager of MBTC Domestic Subsidiaries, a Senior Auditor of Joaquin Cunanan & Co./Price Waterhouse (1980-1985) and of Philippine International Trading Corporation (1985-1990). Ms. Veron finished her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting from University of the East. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.


Mauro D. Placente, Assistant Treasurer
Mauro D. Placente, 51, Filipino, is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Accounting Division Head of First Metro Investment Corporation. He joined First Metro Investment Corporation in September 1, 2000. Mr. Placente finished his Bachelor of Science Degree at the National College of Business and Arts. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Atty. Melissa B. Reyes, Corporate Secretary
Melissa B. Reyes, 45, Filipino. Ms. Reyes is Assistant Vice President and Legal Officer of First Metro. She joined First Metro in November 2003. She was also Compliance Officer of FMSBC from 2004-2006. Prior to joining the First Metro group, she was Senior Consultant in the Corporate and Tax Services of J. Cunanan-Pricewaterhouse Philippines (2000-2003). She was previously the Chief Legislative Officer in the Office of Senator Loren Legarda from 1998-2000, and Court Attorney III in the Office of Supreme Court Justice Ricardo J. Francisco from 1997-1998. Atty. Reyes obtained her A.B. Political Science Degree from Ateneo de Manila University, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College. She also completed the Trust Course from the Trust Institute of the Philippines in 2012.


Mr. Jonathan T. Tabac, Compliance Officer
Mr. Jonathan T. Tabac - 63 years old, Filipino, Compliance Officer. Term of office is one year and has served as such from January 29, 2007 up to present. He is also the Compliance Officer of First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation, 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 Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc., Paradigm Global Growth Fund, Inc. and First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (from May 2005 to present). He served as AVP & Compliance Officer of Citystate Savings Bank (2002-2003), Vice President of Maybank Philippines (formerly PNB Republic Planters Bank)-1997-2001 and Chairman of the Board of RPB Provident Fund, Inc. (1997-2001). Mr. Tabac finished BSC-Accounting from University of Baguio. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Mr. Edwin B. Valeroso, Compliance Officer
Mr. Edwin B. Valeroso - 54 years old, Filipino, Vice President. Term of office is two years and has served as such since June 2011. He is First Vice President of First Metro Asset Management, Inc. He was the President of First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund, Inc. (Jan 2007 to June 2011), First Metro Save & Learn Fixed-Income Fund, Inc. and First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund, Inc. (from May 2005 to June 2011), and First Metro Save and Learn Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. (2008 to 2011). He was Vice President and Trustee of Philippine Investment Funds Association (2006-2011) and an Associate Professor Guest Lecturer at De La Salle University-Graduate School of Business (2000-present). He was a Mutual Fund Strategist/Consultant at First Metro Investment Corp. (2004-2005). Mr. Valeroso has a BS Actuarial Mathematics degree from University of Santo Tomas, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics (major in Actuarial Science) from University of the Philippines, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from De La Salle University-Manila. He is also an alumnus of the Trust Institute Foundation of the Philippines.

The executive officers were elected on May 23, 2018 and the term of office of each is for one (1) year.