Board of Directors


Oliverio G. Laperal Sr.




Socorro DL. Mendoza




Wilfredo R. Santos

Vice President



Annabella V. Guerrero




Lourdes Salazar




Nathalie Charpak
Patricia M. Gomez
Marie Therese Pacabis
Ma. Esterlita V. Uy

Board Members



Mr. Oliverio Laperal


Chairman of the Board

Mr. Laperal is an investor-businessman, providing strategic direction and impetus to KMC Philippine Foundation since its establishment in July 2008. As chairman, he brings in his experiences as president and director of several family and public businesses engaged in investments, realty, development and holdings.

He is co-chair of Bless Entrepreneurial Agribusiness Development (BEAD). He is involved in various socio-civic organizations such as Manila Jaycees (one of the founders) and Rotary Club of Makati,Ayala (founder) and several country clubs. He is a member of the Management Association of the Philippines-Agri Business and Countryside Development Foundation (MAP ABCD).





Dra. Socorro D. Mendoza



Dr. Mendoza is a distinguished neonatologist affiliated with the Manila Doctors Hospital,Asian Hospital and Medical Center and with the Manila Adventist Medical Center. She is a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel for Mother and Child of the World Federation of Scientists (based in Erice, Italy)  since 2003 to present.

After her training in KMC in Colombia in 1999, she pioneered the establishment of “Kangaroo” Mother Care at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital and continues as a volunteer consultant up to the present. As the prime mover of KMC in the Philippines, she is committed to propagating KMC in the various regions of the Philippines with high incidences of  low birth weight babies.

Dr. Mendoza is affiliated and holds various positions with the Federation of Asia Oceania Perinatal Societies,  Institute for Reproductive Health, Philippine Foundation, Philippine Pediatric Society, The Source Foundation (Values in Health Care, A Spiritual Approach) and past president of the Perinatal Association of the Philippines. She is a member of several socio-civic organizations as a volunteer physician and is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Ayala, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. She is also engaged in academic activities on neonatology and has published several research studies specific to neonatal care and KMC.





Dr. Wilfredo Santos



Dr. Santos is a practicing neonatologist affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Sto. Tomas. He is the Research Head of the UST Neonatology Section as well as an active staff and instructor. He heads the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is an active medical staff of De La Salle Medical Center and San Juan de Dios Hospital.

Dr. Santos is currently the President of the Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine, former Secretary of the Perinatal Association of the Philippines, PRO of the Philippine Pediatric Society, Southern Tagalog Chapter  and National Trainer, Neonatal Resuscitation Program. He had teaching stints with Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and was chair of the Department of Neonatology of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, where he gained experience in KMC and received recognition for invaluable service to a government institution in 2007.

He has published several journal articles on pediatric and neonatology care and is a contributor to various manuals on newborn care.





Ms. Annabella V. Guerrero



Ms. Guerrero is a market researcher by profession. Until her retirement, she worked in various capacities and with diverse products at San Miguel Corporation. She was AVP & head of the Marketing Services unit of the Beer Group, with functional responsibilities for Market Research, Management Information and Merchandising Services, both for domestic and international operations. Her international exposure included Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Nepal, Australia and the USA.

Over the last 10 years, she worked as a research management consultant for TNS, an international market research firm specializing in consumer, social, and political market studies for leading companies in the Philippines. She assisted the TNS managing director in strategic planning & operations; transitioning the company from local to global perspective. She also established quality management systems and obtained ISO certification for the company.

Currently, she devotes her time to KMC assisting Dr. Mendoza in the administrative and statistical research work of the Foundation.

Ms. Lourdes P. Salazar



Ms. Salazar currently works as Graft Investigation Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman. Prior to this she was Officer-in-Charge of Human Resources of Farm Systems Development Corporation

Her field of expertise includes facilitating group dynamics & corporate planning sessions, training of trainors, assessor for integrity development review, and fact finding investigation. She also has work experiences with USAid & AusAid,

Ms. Salazar is a board trustee and chairman, scholarship committee, Maasinhon sa Metro Manila, Inc. and member, Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Philippines.







Board Member

Dr. Charpak is a French pediatrician who is part of the original investigators of the Kangaroo Mother Care Program in Bogota, Colombia. She has held several positions in KMC – Coordinator, ISS-WorldLab KMC program at Clinica del Nino, Bogota (1989-1993); Legal Representative & Projects Coordinator, Fundacion Canguro, Bogota (1993-1999); and Scientific Coordinator, KMC Program, San Ignacio Hospital in Bogota, Colombia South America.

She has published numerous KMC studies on her experiences with the Kangaroo Mother Care Program, ranging from alternative ways of caring for low birth weight infants, bonding hypothesis, one year follow-ups, breastfeeding, protection of high risk LBW and premature infants against developmental delay; sources of delay in implementation of KMC in developing countries and many more.

For her outstanding work on KMC, Dr. Chaprak has received awards and honors such as the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Prize for the most outstanding paper published during 1997-1998; the SAN VALENTINO Prize, 1999, “un ano d’amore”, of the Vatican, for proving on sound scientific basis the efficiency of KMC method and for transferring the know how to many other developing countries; SPECIAL JURY AWARD for the video tape – Kangaroo Mother Care Method, International Festival of Health Film, 1999, WHO & WAMIFH; and the BEST PRACTICES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH 2006 AWARD, Global Health Council, Washington.





Ms. Patricia Mines Gomez


Board Member

Ms. Gomez  is currently the President of  the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Inc. She holds a Masters Degree  in Community Health from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Her work experiences are as instructor – facilitator, staff midwife at Manila Doctors Hospital, and member, Technical Committee on Midwifery Education, CHED.

She is a representative in various international conferences abroad, notably the International Confederation of Midwives to the WHO Asia Pacific Regional Office and Panelist to the Global Health Conference, Washington DC in May, 2007 & 2008.




Ms. Therese Pacabis


Board Member

Ms. Pacabis specializes in maternal and child care. She is currently the Chief Nurse of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. She holds civil service eligibility in nursing and midwifery testimonial.

She is a contributor to published reference manual and instruction guide on Family Planning for the School of Midwifery. She is the recipient of the Most Outstanding Alumna for Nursing Practice – FEU and the Leadership Award 2007 – Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP).

Ms. Pacabis is the Vice President of the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines; member of the DOH National League of Nurses, and member, Philippine Nursing Association.






Board Member

Dr. Uy is a UP medical graduate specializing in neonatology. She obtained her neonatology clinical and research fellowships at Wayne State University Children’s Hospital at Michigan, Detroit, MI. USA. To date she is affiliated Assistant Research Professor of the Institute of Child Health and Human Development of UP Manila, Clinical Associate Professor at UP College of Medicine, and attending neonatologist/active consultant at PGH, J. Delgado Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Mandaluyong City Medical Center.

She is active in medical researches, to note, Chair, Research Dissemination and Utilization Office, UP Manila; Member, Research Capacity Building Committee, UP Manila National Institute of Health; Training Officer, Neonatology Fellowship Program, UP-PGH; and Training Officer, Pediatric Residency Program, J. Delgado Memorial Hospital

Dr. Uy is recipient of various awards and honors, notably the Wolff-Zeigler Fellows Award in Research, Children’s Hospital of Michigan -1997; American Academy of Pediatrics’ Young Investigator Award, 1997; and Balik Scientist Award-1998.