Balangue is new NAMFREL Chairman

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) National Council has elected David L. Balangue as its new Chairman, replacing Corazon de la Paz – Bernardo who remains as Member of the National Council. Balangue has been Vice – Chairman of NAMFREL since 2010.

Balangue brings to the position long and vast experiences in management, finance, governance, and corporate social responsibility.

He is concurrently Chairman of the Coalition against Corruption, independent Member of the Board of various corporations, columnist at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Habitat for Humanity Foundation – Philippines. Balangue was former Chairman of SGV & Co. from 2004 to 2010.

The past Chairpersons of NAMFREL aside from de la Paz-Bernardo, are Jose S. Concepcion Jr., Christian S. Monsod , Jose Y. Feria, Edgardo J. Angara, Edward S. Go, Henrietta T. de Villa, Vicente T. Paterno and Jose L. Cuisia Jr. Other officials elected to key positions at NAMFREL are Evelyn R. Singson as Vice Chairman – Treasurer and Edward S. Go as Chair of Finance Committee.

NAMFREL focused on poll watch, voters' education, electoral reform, campaign finance, logistics tracking, and random manual audit in the 2010 elections. Until the automation of the elections, it was primarily engaged in parallel vote count or otherwise known as Operation Quick Count. Balangue is expected to steer NAMFREL‘s engagement in the 2016 national and local elections.