Board of Trustees

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Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue

Chairman of the Board

Atty. Jocelle is a three-terme councilor of Bacolod City and a professor of law at the University of St. La Salle - Bacolod where she also completed her Bachelor of Laws in 1997 and passed the Bar examinations the following year.
She is the Executive Director for Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society (ATLAS), Inc. and the President of the Philippine ICT Innovation Network.
She has received the following awards: 2016 Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS) for Information, Communication Technology (ICT), 2013 Philippine Individual ICT Contributor of the Year awarded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), Top Ten Outstanding Young Leaders for 2009 chosen by the Asia Society Foundation under its Philippines 21 program. Atty. Jocelle also represented the Philippines in Malaysia in the Asia-Pacific Global Forum for Young Leaders.
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Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda

Founder

Cecilia or “Nanay Day” to the survivors Voice of the Free (formerly Visayan Forum) cares for, is an internationally recognized Anti-Slavery Awardee given by the Anti-Slavery International, a Trafficking in Persons Hero awarded by the US Department of State in 2008, the recipient of the first Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor given by the US Department of Labor, an Awardee of the World Children’s Prize given by the World Children’s Prize Foundation, the 2013 Reuter’s Trustlaw Connect Impact Awardee, and one of the Child10 Awardees of 2015, in Sweden. She is an Advisory Board of Freedom United, and recently became a member of the Advisory Council of Telos Governance Agency and one of the judges for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve.

In 2013, Cecilia’s journey with survivors fighting to end modern slavery was featured by The CNN 
Freedom Project in a full-length documentary entitled “The Fighters”. She is also appointed by the Philippine President as an NGO Representative of the Women’s Sector to the Philippines’ Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for six years.
Cecilia fervently believes that we can end human trafficking and modern slavery in this generation.
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Atty. Joshua Jerome Q. Santiago

Board Secretary

Atty. Joshua Santiago is a leader from the University of the Philippines College of Law. He is a Managing Partner of Javier, Santiago, and Torres Law Offices, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solid One Group of Companies. He is an out-of-the-box thinker who loves fighting for justice, generating jobs and empowering people. He is Director of Presidency Capital. He is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of the Philippines National Board of Directors.
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Sr. Cecilia A. Espenilla, OP

Board Treasurer

Sr. Cecilia Espenilla is a graduate of BS Commerce major in Accounting. She earned her Masters in Theological Studies in Ateneo de Manila University and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership and Management at the De La Salle University. In July 2016, she was elected as the Main Animator of Talitha Kum Philippines, a religious organization fighting human trafficking. To date, she has reached about 10,000 individuals in her campaign to end human trafficking.
At present, she serves as an International Promoter of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation of the Congregation (JPCC) of the Dominican Sisters International (DSI) at the Vatican.
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Fortunato “Nato” Agbayani II

Board Member

Nato Agbayani is the Founder & CEO of Brand Guerrilla Ph, a social enterprise engaged in creating opportunities for young people in creative design arts, through events like Create Philippines and the National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA). Brand Guerrilla Ph is also heavily engaged with vulnerable sectors like persons with disabilities (PWDs), Solo Parents, ultra-poor communities and human trafficking victims. Nato has been active with the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) as its Public Relations Officer (PRO), the Philippine Marketing Association (PMA) as a Committee Chairman, the Premier Family Business Consulting (PFBC) as Partner Consultant and is currently involved with the Business Development & Partnerships Green Energy Container Solutions, Inc (Green Energy) as Business Development Director.
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Solita Tan-Gatue

Board Member

Solita Tan-Gatue graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education at St Theresa’s College. She has a Masters Degree in Education at University of Santo Tomas (UST) and had graduate studies in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, USA. She was a professor at the UST College of Education.
Currently, she is the General Manager, Crescent Security Services. Likewise, she served as either President or Director of several socio-civic and religious organizations FCCP, Catholic Women’s Club, Sayaw Foundation, Rotary Club of Mandaluyong Spouses, Zonta, Innerwheel of the Philippines, and PC/NP Retired Officers Ladies Association.
She is married to retired Brigadier General Dionision Tan-Gaute Jr.
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