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Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat. He has custody of the
seal and records of the Association. He attends and keeps minutes of
all sessions and meetings of the Assembly and the Council.
Secretary General may appoint such employees and agents of the
Association as he deems desirable and prescribe their duties, such
employees and agents to hold office at the pleasure of the Council; and
may have such other functions and discharge such other duties as may
from time to time be prescribed by the Council or the President.
The Secretary-General is a member of the Council ex-officio but does not have any voting right.
is the principal office of the Association. It is established and
maintained at Jakarta or at any principal city in the ASEAN member
countries as the Governing Council may designate.
Atty. Regina Padilla Geraldez
The Honourable Atty. Regina Padilla Geraldez was elected Secretary General of the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) on 28
February 2015 at the 12th General Assembly held in Manila, Philippines.
Ms. Geraldez is a Senior Partner of the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala
& Cruz (ACCRALAW) and is currently its Co-Managing Partner. She has
headed its Immigration Department since 1994 and is a member of its
Corporate and Special Projects Department. Ms. Geraldez obtained her
Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from the University of the
Philippines in 1974, and her Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from
the same university in 1978. She obtained a Master of Laws degree from
the University of Michigan in 1983.
Ms. Geraldez was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1979, the same
year she joined ACCRALAW. She trained as a visiting lawyer with the
firm of Baker & McKenzie in San Francisco.
In 1989, she was appointed Associate Commissioner of the
Commission on Immigration and Deportation, playing a significant role
in revitalizing and professionalizing the agency. She was instrumental
in putting order to and simplifying immigration rules and procedures
for the benefit of aliens and the general public. In 1990, she was
appointed Acting Undersecretary for Legal Affairs of the Department of
Agrarian Reform where she contributed to the formulation of many
administrative orders and regulations in keeping with the institution’s
Upon her return to private practice, she assumed an expanded role
to include giving advice on investments, joint ventures, acquisitions
of agricultural land and other real estate. She was also involved in
litigation work before the appellate courts. With her appointment as
head of the Firm’s Immigration Department, she currently devotes
substantial time to advising on the requirements for obtaining visas
and work permits for investors and their employees. She has advised on
the acquisition by a foreign bank of a local subsidiary, and on
investments at the Subic Bay Freeport.
Ms. Geraldez is active in professional organizations and civic
organizations, having served as President of the University of the
Philippines Law Alumni Association from 2003 to 2004; President of the
U.P. Women Lawyer’s Circle from 1994 to 1996 and which she continues to
serve as a Director. She is a member of the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines and the Philippine Bar Association. She has served for
many years as the President of the Immigration Lawyers Association of
the Philippines. She served as President, for two terms, of the
Zonta Club of Manila Foundation Inc. and as Chair of the Nominating
Committee of Zonta District 17. The Zonta clubs comprise a world-wide
organization dedicated to uplifting the status of women worldwide.
Ms. Geraldez has been, for many years, the Treasurer of the ASEAN Law
Association of the Philippines., Inc., and of the ASEAN Law
Foundation. Ms. Geraldez headed the Organizing Committee for the ALA 12th General Assembly which was held in Manila in
Ms. Geraldez has attended numerous local and international
conferences. She attended the Practical Arbitration and International
Practice Special Training conducted by the Charter Institute of
Arbitrators. She was invited by the Philippine Judicial Academy to
participate in the Conference for Value and Professional Development
and to train as a Court of Appeals Mediator. In April 2014, she
attended the ASEAN Regional Workshop on the Promulgation of Laws and
Regulations of ASEAN Member States: A Comparative Study, held in
In 1995, she spoke at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) Fifth
Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco on “Practical Solutions
to Employment Issues Facing Overseas Companies and Employees Working on
Foreign Projects”. In the same year, she spoke at the IPBA Women
Business Lawyers in Asia and the Pacific Inaugural Conference in
Singapore on ‘The Rewards and Hazards of Public Service – Readjusting
to the Legal Culture of Private Law Practice”. In 1996, she delivered a
paper on “Prospects for Plantation Agribusiness in the Philippines
(Mindanao)” at a seminar on plantation projects in Kuala Lumpur
sponsored by the Center for Management Technology. Recently, in July
2015, in her capacity as ALA Secretary-General, she spoke on “Practices, Challenges and Direction Towards
Legal Harmonization in ASEAN” at the international seminar on Legal
Harmonization in the Establishment of the ASEAN Community – Issues for
Vietnam and Experiences from the EU, organized by the EU-Vietnam
Strategic Dialogue Facility.