Board of Directors

Having the largest market share in the mutual funds industry, the Board of Directors’ goal is to continue the ALFM Mutual Funds’ track record of excellence and stability.  test

The Board is primarily responsible for the governance of the Funds. Corollary to setting the policies for the accomplishment of the Funds’ corporate objectives, the Board also serves as an independent check on the Fund Manager on behalf of the stockholders. The Board reviews and approves investment strategies and objectives, monitors fund performance and market developments, oversees risk management, and promotes regulatory compliance.

ROMEO L. BERNARDO
Chairman and Director

Mr. Romeo L. Bernardo, Filipino, born in 1954, is also the the Chairman of ALFM Peso Bond Fund, Inc. ALFM Growth Fund, Inc., ALFM Dollar Bond Fund, Inc., ALFM Euro Bond Fund, Inc. and ALFM Money Market Fund, Inc. as well as president of ALFM Global Multi-Asset Income Fund, Inc.. He is currently the Managing Director of Lazaro Bernardo Tiu & Associates, Inc. and GlobalSource economist in the Philippines. Mr. Bernardo is likewise a director of several companies and organizations including Aboitiz Power, BPI, Globe Telecom Inc., RFM Corporation, Philippine Investment Management, Inc. (PHINMA), BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corporation, National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines, Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA) and Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). Mr. Bernardo was an alternate director of the Asian Development Bank from 1997 to 1998 and Undersecretary for International Finance, Privatization & Treasury Operations of the Department of Finance of the Republic of the Philippines from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Bernardo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines and a Masters in Development Economics degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

SIMON R. PATERNO
President and Director

Mr. Simon R. Paterno, Filipino, born in 1959, was an Executive Vice President of the Bank of the Philippine Islands where he oversaw the Financial Products and Alternative Channels Group. Up until his retirement, he was responsible for managing the product businesses of the Bank, including Investment Banking, Corporate Loans, Transaction Banking, Retail Lending, Cards and Payments, Asset Management and Trust, Electronic Channels, and Deposits. He also oversaw subsidiaries and affiliates in insurance, leasing, and merchant acquiring. Mr. Paterno is the former President and CEO of the Development Bank of the Philippines, serving from 2002-2004. He worked for 18 years at the New York, Hong Kong, and Manila offices of J.P. Morgan, serving finally as Managing Director in charge of sovereign clients during the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98, and as Country Manager for the Philippines until 2002. He also worked for 8 years at Credit Suisse as Managing Director and Country Manager for the Philippines. Mr. Paterno obtained his MBA from Stanford University in 1984. He was awarded his A.B., cum laude, Honors Program in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University in 1980. In 2005, he was elected President of the Management Association of the Philippines. He serves on the boards of the Foundation for Economic Freedom and Ateneo Scholarship Foundation. He was named a TOYM awardee for Investment Banking in 1999.

ADELBERT A. LEGASTO
Regular Director

Mr. Adelbert A. Legasto, Filipino, born in 1947, is also a director of ALFM Peso Bond Fund, Inc., ALFM Dollar Bond Fund, Inc., ALFM Euro Bond Fund, Inc., ALFM Growth Fund, Inc., ALFM Money Market Fund, Inc., and BPI Investment Management, Inc. He has served as Governor of the Philippine Stock Exchange 1994-96, Governor of the Makati Stock Exchange 1994-97, was an incorporator of the Philippine Central Depository (PCD), and served as President of the Trust Officers Association of the Philippines in 1998-99. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with an A.B. Economics degree and completed his M.B.A. academics at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He completed the Pension Funds and Money Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Investment Management at the CFA Institute at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

FERNANDO J. SISON III
Treasurer (ALFM Mutual Funds), Director (ALFM Global Multi-Asset Income Fund, Inc.)

Mr. Fernando J. Sison III, Filipino, born in 1952, used to be the President of BPI Investment Management, Inc. from May 2004 up to June 2012. He previously served as Vice President and head of many of BPI's divisions, including AMTG Retail Trust Division, AMTG Portfolio Management Division, SDG Retail Funds Distribution, and Private Banking Unit. He was assigned to BPI International Finance Ltd. (HK) as Head of Investment Management Division and to BPI Capital Corporation – Corporate Finance Group as Vice President and Head of Syndications and Underwriting. He completed the corporate finance module of JP Morgan in New York and underwent on-the-job training in corporate finance with JP Morgan in Hong Kong. He previously served as President of the Investment Company Association of the Philippines (ICAP) for 3 terms up to 2006 and as Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Investment Funds Association (PIFA), formerly ICAP, for 5 terms up to 2012-2013. He served as Industry Governor of the Market Governance Board of the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. in 2008 and 2011 and as Alternate Governor for 5 terms. He is a SEC-licensed Certified Investment Solicitor from 2001 to 2012. He is currently the Investments Administrator and the Director for Business Affairs of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a member of the Retirement Commission and the Investment Committee of the CEAP Retirement Fund. He is also a member of the Board of Senior Advisers of PIFA. Mr. Sison graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1974 with the degree A.B. General Studies (Honorable Mention). He obtained his M.B.A. degree in 1976 from the University of the Philippines (Diliman).

RAYMUND T. MIRANDA
Independent Director

Raymund Martin T. Miranda, Filipino, born 1962, is currently the Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Risk Officer of ABS CBN Corp. He is also the President of Probabilistic Insights Inc. which focuses on development of machine learning and intelligence, as well as ABS-CBN Studios Inc. Before joining ABS CBN in 2012, Mr. Miranda held leadership roles in various media companies across the region such as: Managing Director Asia Pacific, Universal Networks International; President & CEO, Nation Broadcasting Corporation and Managing Director, Walt Disney International (South East Asia). Mr. Miranda graduated with a degree in Biology & Mass Communications from the University of the Philippines.

ANTONIO V. PANER
Independent Director

Mr. Paner served as Treasurer and head of BPI’s Global Markets Segment. As such, he was responsible for managing the interest rate and liquidity gaps, as well as the fixed income and currency market-making, trading, and distribution activities of BPI and its subsidiaries and affiliates– in the Philippines and abroad. Before retirement, Mr. Paner was Chairman of the Bank’s Asset & Liability Committee and was a member of the Management Committee and Asset Management Investment Council. Mr. Paner served as President of the Money Market Association of the Philippines (MART) in 1998 and remains in its Board of Advisers up to now. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Bankers Association of the Philippines’ (BAP) Open Market Committee and lecturer for the BAP/Ateneo School of Banking. He was also a member of the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, British Chamber of Commerce, and the Philippine British Business Council. He was an Independent Director and member of the Corporate Governance and Audit Committees of Ayala Energy Phils from 2020 until 2021. He obtained an A.B. Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1979 and completed various courses in Business and Finance, including Strategic Financial Management in 2006 and the Advanced Management Program in 2009, both at the Harvard Business School.

ATTY. SABINO B. PADILLA IV
Corporate Secretary

Atty. Sabino B. Padilla IV, born in 1960, 60 years old, is the Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Fund. Atty. Padilla graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 1985. He then received his Master of Laws from the Harvard University, USA in 1988. He is currently a partner of the Padilla Law Office which is legal counsel to BPI and its subsidiaries and to various religious orders, societies and congregations for men and women as well as educational institutions and hospitals operated by them. Atty. Padilla is the Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer of the ALFM Mutual Funds. He is also the Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer of other mutual funds such as the Solidaritas Fund and Ekklesia Mutual Fund.

KARL KELVIN D. ARCILLA
Chief Data Protection Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Compliance Officer

Mr. Arcilla has 14 years of combined experience in regulatory and control functions which he gained from different industries such as Banking, Telecommunications and Real Estate. He joined BPI Investment Management Inc. as Compliance Officer last January 2021. As such, he is primarily responsible for ensuring that BIMI has internal controls to adequately manage risks. He has also successfully passed the Treasury Certification Program last September 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists certification program.