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Institute of Corporate Directors

Atty. Cesar L. Villanueva re-joined in July 2016 the law firm Villanueva Gabionza & Dy at the end of his tenure as Chairman & CEO of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), which is the government agency tasked to implement the objectives of R.A. No. 10149, otherwise known as the “GOCC Governance Act of 2011,” to act as the central advisory, monitoring, and oversight body with authority to formulate, implement and coordinate policies governing the GOCCs, GFIs and GCEs in the country.

Chairman Villanueva was the first recipient of the Ambassador Cesar B. Bautista Award for Good Governance (May, 2014) in recognition of the many achievements pioneered as the first Chairman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit by H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III at formal ceremonies held at Malacañan in June 2016, for “outstanding, dedicated work and exceptional leadership as the Chairman of Governance Commission for GOCCs; for … support of the administration’s platform of clean and honest governance; and for choosing to thread the straight and righteous path, in good service to the Filipino people.”

He was the Dean of the Ateneo de Manila Law School from 2004 to 2011, and remains a professorial lecturer in Corporation Law, Agency & Trusts, Partnerships & Joint Ventures, and Law on Sales. He was awarded in November 2011 by the Legal Education Board with the first Outstanding Law Dean (Gold Category) for “a consummately impressive superintendence of the Ateneo de Manila University Law School.”

Dean Villanueva remains the Executive Secretary for the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to which post he was first appointed in 2011. He is currently a member of the ICD Board of Trustees, and is the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (M.A.P.)


Dean Villanueva obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Ateneo Law School in 1981 (valedictorian; cum laude); obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Harvard Law School in 1989. He is author of leading legal books: Commercial Law Review, Philippine Corporate Law, Agency & Trusts, Partnerships & Joint Ventures, Law on Sales, and Law and Practice on: Philippine Corporate Governance, which garnered the 2009 National Book Award on Professions given by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle.

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