1. Present employment

July 2019 – Present

Member, Philippine Senate, 18th Congress

Chair, Committee on Ways and Means

Chair, Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation, and Futures Thinking

Vice Chair, Committee on Finance (Chairperson of the Sub-Committee D on the Budget of Health and Education

sectors and Cultural agencies)

Member, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA 11469)

Office address

Room 510, Senate of the Philippines, GSIS

Bldg., Financial Center, Diokno Blvd., Pasay City

2. Past positions/affiliations

2.1. Government positions

July 2016 – June 2019

Member, House of Representatives, 17th Congress

Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives

Representative, 2nd District of Taguig City

July 2004 – June 2016

Member, Philippine Senate, 13th to 16th Congress

Chair, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture

Chair, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality

Vice-Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Demography

Chair, Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change Chair, Senate Oversight Committee

on Bases Conversion

July 2010 – June 2013

Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Demography

Chair, Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations

Chair, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Water Act of 2004

November 2008 – June 2010

Chair, Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development

July 2004 – November 2008

Chair, Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Chair, Senate Committee on Health

and Demography

Co-Chair, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999

Co-Chair, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000

Co-Chair, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004

July 2004 – July 2007

Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Senate of the Philippines

2.2. International and Local Affiliations

UNITE – A global network of parliamentarians committed to achieving political impact towards ending

infectious diseases as a global health threat.

April 2020: Chairperson, Asia and Pacific Regional Chapter

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – The global organization of national parliaments. First established in

1889, IPU has 179 member parliaments.

April 2008 – April 2010: President, Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians

April 2006 – April 2008: First Vice President, Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians

April 2005: President, 10th Meeting of Women Parliamentarians, 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

2.3. Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Philippines – A business network of leading entrepreneurs in 196 chapters

and 62 countries. It leads business owners to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

2002 – 2005: Member

3. Past Employment / Business

2012 – 2018:

Part Owner, Maxicuisine, Inc. (Slice Café)

2001 – 2004:

President, Maxi Group of Companies – Retailer and Distributor of educational toys, infant apparel and



General Counsel, Philweb Corporation

1996 – 2000:

Legal and Corporate Affairs, Belle Corporation and its affiliates

1992 – 1995:

Associate Lawyer, Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices – Specialized in Corporate Law and Intellectual Property


4. Academic background


Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines

Graduated with academic distinction, in the Top 10 of her class; Member of the Honor Society, Order of

the Purple Feather


Bachelor of Arts in Economics, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

Graduated Cum Laude

5. Honors, awards, recognitions


Rising Star Award, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Cited for efforts in improving the health and wellbeing of women and girls by passing the Reproductive Health Law, Mandatory Immunization Law, and Expanded Breastfeeding Awareness and Promotion Law


Jade Ribbon Award, Stanford University-based Asian Liver Center – Cited for raising awareness on liver cancer and

Hepatitis-B, and the passage of the Hepatitis-B Immunization Act

UP School of Economics Alumni Association (UPSEAA) – Distinguished Alumni Awardee


UP Gawad Oblation – Highest honor given to alumni and friends of the University of the Philippines who have extended extraordinary service in the name of the university


Sen. Geronima T. Pecson Award, Federation of Asia-Pacific Women’ Association – For being elected the youngest Filipino woman

in the history of the Philippine Senate and landmark contributions to Philippine legislation

6. Civic activities/ positions

Founder, Pinay In Action (April 2015) – promotes the empowerment of women and young girls through sports, fitness, education, and awareness-raising; organizes sports clinics, tournaments, seminars, and other grassroots programs

Founder, Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, Inc. (December 2001) – supports free surgical operation for young children born with cleft lip and palate; organizes projects to help differently abled children and kids under difficult circumstances

Founder, Pilipinas In Action (March 2020) – facilitates food pack donations to communities and sectors in need, and support to healthcare personnel and frontliners through meals, medical supplies/equipment, and bicycles for their personal transportation, following the declaration of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Grand Archon, UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority (1990)