Robert La Mont, Country Director, is a highly regarded rule of law specialist with more than 15 years of experience heading programs in various countries. Since opening ABA ROLI’s liaison office in the Republic of Georgia in 1996, Mr. La Mont has led long-term programs in Mongolia, where he helped to automate all courts and prosecutors’ offices, in Indonesia, where he focused on reform of the Attorney General’s Office, and now in the Philippines, where he leads efforts to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the judiciary and court systems. He has also worked on shorter-term projects in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Serbia and Kosovo. Prior to his career in rule of law, Mr. La Mont was an American foreign service officer in Iran during the Iranian revolution and practiced law in the United States for 13 years specializing in complex product liability litigation. Mr. La Mont has a a B.A. degree in economics from the Occidental College, a master of public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Paquita “Pat” R. Abay, Administrative Assistant, joined ABA ROLI in July 2011. She previously served as an administrative assistant for the Structured Products Group (a department of the Philippine Bank of Communications) and for the Capital Markets Development Project (a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project). She holds a B.A. degree from Santa Isabel College.
Arleen Aduna-Taguba, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, joined ABA ROLI in April 2015. She previously served as the monitoring & evaluation officer for the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons program (AAPTIP). Under AAPTIP, Ms. Aduna-Taguba provided technical assistance and strategic direction to the National Technical Working Group on TIP in the Philippines to develop program objectives and success indicators. She has 10 years of professional experience in government and with international development organizations, including World Vision Development Foundation and Save the Children, where her responsibilities included project planning, system development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Rosalie Bautista, Administrative Assistant I, joined ABA ROLI in June 2009. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she was the senior data entry machine operator for the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jaime D. Jacob of the Department of Education. She studied computer science at the System Technology Institute (STI), earning a certificate course in programming and mainframe operating system.
Besnik Belegu, Court Automation Specialist, joined ABA ROLI in August 2014. He has more than 10 years of experience developing different software solutions, which served as main back-office and front-office systems, mostly for financial institutions. During his work at Banka Ekonomike Prishtine (BEK), he oversaw the complete software development lifecycle for more than 15 projects—including e-Banking and SMS Banking—some of which he developed and implemented singlehandedly. Since then, he has taken on various information and communications technology consultancy assignments, including developing a project management information system for the World Bank. Mr. Belegu also worked at the East West Management Institute as a database analyst for the Case Data Management System they developed specifically for the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. He has also managed the development of an enterprise resource planning solution for Universal Foods’ flour production factory in Kosovo and a supply chain finance solution for Advance Global Capital in London.
Hanilyn "Hani" M. Buenviaje, Java Programmer, joined ABA ROLI in February 2015 where she contributes to the design and coding of the eCourt program. She previously served as a MIS/LAN Admin Support for the Customer Recovery Center of the Bank of the Philippine Islands and also worked for AMA University as an Information Technology instructor. Hanilyn earned BS and MA degrees for Information Technology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Regional Program Manager, Southeast Asia, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Rachel worked with freedom of expression organization Index on Censorship where she managed projects documenting media freedom violations in Europe and delivering capacity building workshops in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, she worked for several years in Southeast Asia engaging in research and policy advocacy on governance and human rights and assisting in the start-up of government relations consultancy The Asia Group LLC. Rachel has worked on projects under USAID and the European Commission. She holds a BSc degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.
Hazel Anne Cruzat, Java Programer, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014 where she works on coding and troubleshooting the eCourt program, a court automation system currently being implemented in courts throughout the Philippines. She graduated from De La Salle University in October 2014 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
Kristina De Guzman, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in August 2010. She is a lawyer with more than 12 years of progressive experience in legal research, government executive service and implementation of programs funded by international development partners such as USAID, AusAID and the World Bank. She managed programs on access to justice for persons with disabilities and victims of extrajudicial killings, judicial reform, anti-human trafficking and anti-corruption. Before joining ABA ROLI, she worked in various capacities for the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), where she was later appointed executive director. Ms. de Guzman was a regular Philippine delegate to the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Previously, she was also a legal consultant for the National Police Commission, the Professional Regulation Commission and several private corporations. Ms. de Guzman has a B.A. degree in philosophy and an LL.B. degree, both from the University of the Philippines.
Josephine Galaus, Senior Bookkeeper, began working with ABA in August 2009. Previously, she worked for KPMG Philippines Manabat Sanagustin & Co. as a senior accountant, primarily responsible for accounting and payroll services of U.S. funded projects in the Philippines and other international companies involved in construction, energy, outsourcing and mining. She has an M.B.A. from Manuel L. Quezon University, Philippines.
Laarni Giron, Senior Program Manager and Implementation Specialist—e-Court, joined ABA ROLI in May 2014. Prior to this, she was a partner at the Algarra & Giron Law Offices. She has extensive experience in litigation, specializing in family and civil law and is founder and director of Law Innovations, Inc.—a legal think tank dedicated to providing services for the advancement of the legal practice in the Philippines. She has a B.A. degree in political science, with a minor in international relations and economics, and an LL.B. degree from the University of the Philippines.
Kristina C. Manalang, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in August 2010. She previously worked in various capacities for the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), where she was later appointed executive director. Ms. Manalang was a regular Philippine delegate to the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she was a legal consultant for the National Police Commission, the Professional Regulation Commission and several private corporations. Ms. Manalang has a B.A. in philosophy and an LL.B., both from the University of the Philippines. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2008.
Maria “Maya” Jane Angela Isabel Cui Odulio, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in October 2008. Ms. Odulio previously served as the judicial reform task manager for the Rule of Law Effectiveness program, a USAID-funded project in the Philippines. She also worked for EGTA, a good-governance program funded by USAID, and served as legislative staff officer of Senator Alberto G. Romulo. Ms. Odulio earned her B.A. in development studies and her M.A. in business administration, both from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Oliver Xavier A. Reyes, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in June 2013. A member of the Philippine Bar since 2002, he had previously worked for the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2003 to 2009 as a Court Attorney and as a Judicial Staff Head. He was previously connected with a Metro Manila-based law firm and was involved in the private practice of law for several years. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, where he earned a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and an LL.B.
Fe Sanchez, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Sanchez worked for Save the Children as a learning and impact manager and for the United Nations Coordination Office as a coordination analyst. Before venturing into the non-governmental sector, she served as a planning officer with the Philippine Department of Agrarian Reform and retired after 20 years of government service. She holds a master’s degree in development administration from the Australian National University and a B.Sc. degree in community development from the University of the Philippines.
Lannie Viloria, Finance Officer, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014. She previously worked for Expert Global Solutions (Global Business Process Outsourcing) as Treasury Reconciliation Team Lead, served as Accounting Clerk for Century Savings Bank Inc. and also worked as Bookkeeper for the National Irrigation Administration Employees Association of the Philippines (NGO). She graduated from Saint Paul University Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Major in Management Accounting.
Mark Wallem, Regional Program Director, Southeast Asia, for the Internet Freedom program, is based in Manila. The Internet Freedom program works to ensure freedom of expression online in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines. Mark has over three decades of experience in law, politics, and international development. Before joining ABA ROLI in August 2014, Mark served 14 years with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), directing NDI offices and programs in the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, and Nepal. NDI’s programs focus on political parties, elections, civic participation, parliamentary strengthening, and accountable and transparent governance. Mark also served as the Deputy Regional Program Director - East and Southeast Asia, for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (now known as UN Women), based in Bangkok, Thailand. UN Women conducts regional programs on migration, CEDAW, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to his career in international development, Mark worked for 10 years with the majority caucus in the Minnesota State Senate in the office of the Senate President, and managing Senate committees, including Judiciary and Crime Prevention. Mark earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.