The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, Inc. (“PIArb”)

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (“PIArb”) is the first learned society in the Philippines dedicated to both promoting private dispute resolution within the country and pursuing initiatives to enable the country to serve as a viable and practical venue for private dispute resolution.

Vision and Mission Statement

The mission of PIArb is to be the voice for private dispute resolution in the Philippines. PIArb envisions the use of arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution other than resolution by a court as the primary means of resolving conflict in the Philippines. To pursue this vision, PIArb aims to:

  • Be the private sector’s leading advocate of private dispute resolution;
  • Be the benchmark provider of awareness, education, and certification programs on private dispute resolution;
  • Facilitate research in support of its role as advocate and educator; and
  • Serve as the primary private sector forum on private dispute resolution policy and practice.
Genesis and Primary Rationale

PIArb was founded on the initiative of the first 3 Filipino Fellows of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) of the United Kingdom, the world’s leading learned society promoting private dispute resolution. The nucleus of PIArb’s initial membership is the current membership of the Philippine Chapter of CIArb’s East Asia Branch (“CIArb-EAB PC”).

Being a learned society, as against a dispute resolution service provider / administrator, allows PIArb to focus on advocacy, research & development, community-building, and public awareness; as against provision / administration of dispute resolution services. This distinction is developed and present in other countries that have become centers for private dispute resolution, particularly in the East Asia region.

PIArb and CIArb in the Philippines

While both PIArb and CIArb are independent of each other, both complement each other in the Philippines in view of their similar visions and objectives.

From CIArb’s perspective, it is in a position to provide PIArb with:
  • Guidance and support through the provision of international faculty as well as mentoring and certifying of local faculty;
  • Developed content, in the form of tried and tested course material that is continually updated; and
  • An international network of conferences and events throughout the year and a vibrant and active international stakeholder community.
On PIArb’s part, it facilitates CIArb’s reach in the Philippines by providing CIArb with:
  • A local legal presence with an established juridical personality;
  • A local champion of the CIArb vision; and
  • A facility for the full entry of the Philippines into the international private dispute resolution community in general, and more Filipino members in CIArb in particular.
Benefits of Joining

Joining PIArb entitles prospective members to a host of benefits including:

  • World-class arbitration training, reference materials, and certification;
  • A facility for developing private dispute resolution initially within the country, and for promoting the Philippines as a venue for private dispute resolution in the international stage over the long-term; and
  • International networking opportunities, through international conferences, courses, competitions, and other events.

2022 PIArb Officers

SENATE OF THE INSTITUTE Eduardo R. Ceniza Chairman Emeritus
Mario E. Valderrama
Teodoro Kalaw IV
Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko
Presidents Emeriti
Donemark J. L. Calimon President Emeritus & Trustee

SENIOR OFFICERS Jesusito G. Morallos Chairman (Trustee)
Julius Anthony R. Omila President (Trustee)
Ma. Zenaida P. G. Ongkiko-Acorda Executive Vice-President (Trustee)
Dranyl Jared P. Amoroso Senior Vice-President for Advocacies (Trustee)
Ian Ray P. Malilong Senior Vice-President for Programs (Trustee)
Jay Patrick R. Santiago Senior Vice-President for Development (Trustee)

DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY Jeffrey B. Constantino Vice-President for Fellowships & Member Relations
Jose Luis dela Paz Assistant Vice-President for Fellowships & Member Relations
Jonas Castro Vice-President SIG on Sports Arbitration
Ryan Anthony S. Malit Assistant Vice-President SIG on Mediation
Kristoffer James E. Purisima Assistant Vice-President SIG on Negotiation
Jacques S. Lynn Vice-President for Chapters
Mary Christine Florete Assistant Vice-President for Western Visayas
Mai Doloseile Liao Assistant Vice-President for Western Visayas
Ma. Joscet S. Buyco-Abellar Assistant Vice-President for Western Visayas

ADVOCACY COMMUNITY Ma. Luisa Dominique Mauricio Vice-President for Legislative Agenda
Fidel Maximo M. Diego III Vice-President for Legislative Agenda
Michelle Laureta Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships
Joseph Christian G. del Rosario Assistant Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships
Mariliza Villarosa-Kalaw Vice-President for Public Engagement
Kevin Prasad Assistant Vice-President for Public Engagement
Anna De Jesus Assistant Vice-President for Public Engagement
Carmelita C. Reyes- Eleazar Assistant Vice-President for Public Engagement
Daniel S. Hofileña Vice-President for Publications

PROGRAMS COMMUNITY Sarah Q. Sison Vice-President for International Initiatives
Rosemarie Ribo Esguerra Assistant Vice-President for International Initiatives
Irene Valones Assistant Vice-President for International Initiatives
Asuncion A. De Leon-Omila Vice-President for Research and Public Information
Darwin P. Angeles Assistant Vice-President for Research and Public Information
John Christian Joy A. Regalado Vice-President for Professional Development
Carla S. Pingul Assistant Vice-President for Professional Development
Francis Del Valle Assistant Vice-President for Professional Development
Irene Lavares Assistant Vice-President for Events
Regina Batac Assistant Vice-President for Events
Jerome D. Canlas Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology

INSTITUTE SECRETARIAT Danielle Joanna C. Gaite Institute Secretary
Felix Michael U. Villa Asst. Institute Secretary

INSTITUTE TREASURY Camille Bianca M. Gatmaitan-Santos Institute Treasurer
Renson Louise C. Yu Asst. Institute Treasurer

Contact Us

© 2022 by Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
c/o Quisumbing Torres

12th Floor, Net One Center, 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue
Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines 1634
+63 2 819 4700 +63 2 816 0080 +63 2 728 7777 (Secretariat) (PIArb President) (for fellowships)