MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Energy Secretary Vincent S. Perez was unanimously re-elected to the International Board of Trustees of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the organization announced.
Perez is the first and only Filipino to be elected as a member of the 14-person board and has served with distinction since 2010. His second term will be from 2013 until 2016.
"Vince brings to the Board the unpaired experience of private and public policy making, as well as a passion for conservation," said WWF International President Yolanda Kakabadse.
Perez became the Philippines' youngest Energy Secretary in June 2001 and served until March 2005. He currently sits as Chairman of WWF-Philippines and the El Nido Resorts, and is the chief executive of renewable power company Alternergy Partners.
Among WWF-Philippines' achievements during Perez's term were revitalized engagements with corporate partners, enhanced cross-crounty collaboration between WWF-Philippines and other WWF organizations within Asia-Pacific, and four highly-celebrated years as the world’s most participative Earth Hour country.
"Each WWF International trustee brings to the table unique competencies. Aside from providing excellent insights as to the adoption of clean energy sources, Vince offers sound advice on the measured development of Asia and other developing nations," said WWF-Philippines Vice-Chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan.
WWF-Philippines has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. It develops practical solutions to help the Philippines adapt to climate change, secure food and water sources, conserve endangered species, and promote renewable sources of clean energy.
The WWF is the world's leading conservation organization, with about 1,300 conservation projects and offices in over 100 countries and over five million supporters. Its International Board is responsible for the conduct, administration and representation of the organization globally.