Amb. Henrietta T. De Villa
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
Her desire for an informed citizenry voting into office, leaders of ability and above all, good and strong morality led
her to a life of service geared towards clean, honest and accurate elections.
Ambassador Henrietta T. de Villa co-founded the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) with his
Eminence, the late Jaime Cardinal Sin and the late Haydee Yorac in 1991. It was launched in St. Paul College in
Quezon City in October 1991. It started with five districts in Manila and became nationwide by November 1991.
PPCRV, under the guidance of its founder, Amb. de Villa, was accredited by the Commission on Election
(COMELEC) as a citizens arm for Voters education in February 1992. Its first electoral exercise was in May 1992,
where it fielded 346, 688 volunteers who assisted Board of Election inspectors , monitored electoral exercise and
watched the canvassing of votes. PPCRV has since participated in 23 electoral exercises, the most recent of which
was the first automated election in May 2010. This was a landmark year for PPCRV. Not only was it accredited for
its usual function of Voters Education and Poll watching in 2010, it was likewise accredited to conduct an unofficial
parallel count which became the information source of many news bureaus throughout the country. One of the
COMELEC servers was likewise stationed in the PPCRV Command Center. In May 2010, PPCRV conducted
massive training to inform the public of the new procedure of voting under the automated system with the PCOS
PPCRV has become synonymous with election volunteerism, fielding over 500 000 (five hundred thousand)
volunteers in the past elections. The volunteers have been crucial in educating the public regarding the process of
voting and more importantly, the selection of our national and local officials with fully formed and morally-strong
conscience. The army of volunteers of PPCRV harnesses the strengths of both the civilian and church members.
PPCRV trained over 14 million voters on a face to face basis and an incremental six million through its print-radio –
TV and internet campaigns.
To this day, Ambassador de Villa as the Chairman of PPCRV is still looking for ways to improve the conduct of the
elections and to safeguard the sanctity of the ballots. Truly, a nation’s development is measured not only through
investments coming in but more so by the maturity of its voters and the leaders we chose to run the government and
Amb. de Villa and PPCRV will be always there to make sure of this.
Mr. James Jimenez
Director, Education and Information Department
Commission on Elections
Mr. Jimenez started working in the civil service right out of university. He started as the Executive Assistant to the
then Court Administrator Justice Alfredo L. Benipayo. He later found himself at the COMELEC where he handled the
special projects of the Chairman.
He joined the Abalos Commission in 2004, after the elections. He was designated Spokesman of the Commission
early in 2006, mainly to handle the People’s Initiative issue. When that affair was concluded, he continued his role as
Spokesman through the May elections and on until today.
As Director of the Education and Information Department of the COMELEC, he strengthened the Commission’s on-
line presence with several highly interactive websites. This has given the public a window into COMELEC operations
and provided them with a mechanism by which feedback is given directly to the COMELEC.
Specialties:Writing, public speaking
Dr. Leonardo A. Riingen
President and CEO
Leonardo Riingen is only 41 years old and has already contributed immensely to improving information technology
(IT) training and education in the Philippines. When you think of Informatics, “the computer school in the mall “,
Riingen is the man behind it.
Leo graduated from the UST High School in 1980, and went to the University of the Philippines to pursue a degree
in Economics, graduating Cum Laude in 1984.At that time, he was already interested in FT. To satisfy his growing
interest for technology, he took up computer courses at the National Computer Institute. Desiring for more academic
training, he went to the University of Wales in U.K. where he obtained his Master in Business Administration in 2003.
Now that he was into the IT education and training business, he decided to enroll at the University of California-
Berkeley, USA and took up Strategies and Technologies ofe-Business.
Riingen came up with the idea that an Information Technology training should be made available to people. That is
why you will find his school, Informatics Computer Institute, in the malls, which has now over 40 centers nationwide
in a span of nine years and has trained more than 200,000 students. That is the innovative and creative, if not a
proactive way of making business and fulfilling his dream of making IT acces¬sible to the people.
Currently, he is President / CEO of Informatics Holdings, Phils., Inc., the Master Franchise Holder of Informatics
Computer Institute, one of the well-known providers of IT training and education in Singapore. Another business that
he runs is CAL Holdings, Phils., Inc., Master Franchise Holder of CAL Computer School, Cambridge Childcare
Holdings, Phils., Inc., Master Franchise Holder of Cambridge Child Development Center.
His business interests do not stop there. He is President, Executive Director, General Manager, Chair, Director and
Executive Director of various companies that are primarily on telecommunications and IT. With the growth of
Informatics Computer Institute, the school has received the Top Computer Learning Center award from the National
Consumers Quality Awards for 2002 and 2003 for his effort to improve the quality of IT training and education in the Philippines.
Utilizing his education in U.K., he applied the ladderized program in IT, patterned after the British education system,
to allow students to learn skills and make them immediately employable. Also, he designed and customized IT
training programs and curriculum for companies and government offices to give learners a comprehensive,
organization-wide IT training. To make the IT education and training that his schools offer at par with international
standards, his schools boast of international courses validated by the world’s leading IT qualification awarding
bodies; and maintains affilia¬tions with IT industry technology frontrunners.
The young IT entrepreneur was born on April 11, 1984 in Manila. He is married and a father to three children, the
inheritors of his passion for information technology education and training.
Atty. Angelo Raymundo Q. Valencia
Chief Operation Officer
Mindanao Grains, Inc.
While he still practices law, he is now more focused on what he calls “corporate work with a purpose.” Today, Atty
Angelo Valencia a.k.a. Kuya Pultak (bald big brother) spends most of his time building schools in areas not easily
accessible by regular transportation due to their geographic location.
During his sabbatical following his April Tubbataha dive, he met with the community found at the highest peak of
Luzon, Mt Pulag. He felt that the kids there were in need of a good education, while the parents needed livelihood
training. The initiative dubbed “Klassrum ng Pag-Asa” (Classroom of Hope) started with only a group of 3 volunteers.
In less than two years, the Bayanihan (community-run) efforts initiated by Kuya Pultak have resulted in 17
classrooms and school buildings built in Sulu, 11 in Mt Pulag, Benguet, 5 in Palawan, and another in Batangas. The
team in Mt Pulag now totals 45 volunteers.
Partnerships intensified during Kuya Pultak’s journey. The project is now linked with corporate sponsors,
government agencies and officials, and civil society organizations (CSOs). “We just met sa social media and then
we hit it off,” saidKuya Pultak, explaining how he got in touch with his CSOs and individual partners. In Sulu, the
locals themselves and members of the Philippine Marines have joined in the classroom renovation efforts.
Valencia said there is no heirarchy in their group, and each player brings a unique contribution to the table. “In the
end, it is not only a structure but a symbol of community,” he said in an interview.
When the school year opened last June, students fromKuya Pultak’s partner-communities were welcomed with
newly-constructed classrooms. Other classrooms were newly-renovated, but all were provided with comfort rooms
and wash areas. Valencia said it is the kids who have the desire to learn that inspire most of them to help.
Kuya Pultak feels a sense of urgency to reach out to areas that are typically neglected due to their distance.
Education, he said, is crucial for social mobility.
“[The kids] now know how to use computers. There was a time they did not even know the sounds of animals,” he
said. That is slowly changing. – Rappler.com