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Two Women Leaders at the Helm of PCPD’s New Board



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16th September 2022

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Dr. Esperanza Cabral is the new chair of PCPD’s Board of Trustees, a timely choice when PCPD is at a crossroads as it nears its 50th year. 

Ms. Evelyn Singson, meanwhile, is re-elected as PCPD’s president.

Both women have a life-long experience in taking on various leadership positions in the private sector, in government, and in their respective fields.

A cardiologist and pharmacologist by profession, Dr Cabral was a former Secretary of Health and Secretary of Social Welfare and Development. She was at the forefront in pushing for the passage of the reproductive health bill by Congress. She is also one of the co-convenors of Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare, an advocacy group of physicians that calls attention to critical public health issues and how to respond to them.

Ms. Singson, on the other hand, is a known business and socio-civic leader. She has recently been named chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. She is also vice-chair and president of Dusit Thani Philippines and a director/trustee and officer of various corporate and professional organizations.

Both women were TOWNS awardees, or The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service – Dr. Cabral for Medicine in 1986 and Ms. Singson for Business in 1981.

In PCPD, they are supported by a Board of Trustees who are equally respected in their own fields. They are:

  • Ms. Joanne Zapanta-Andrada;
  • Mr. Senen Bacani;
  • Ms. Marion Kohchet-Chua;
  • Dr. Manuel Dayrit;
  • Mr. Alan German;
  • Ms. Cyndy Jarabata;
  • Ms. Pacita Juan;
  • Mr. Benjamin Lopez; and
  • Ms. Cristina Yuson.

The new Board faces the challenge of setting PCPD’s direction for the next three years. ####