About Us

Synergeia’s Vision

A country where every child completes a good basic education and is given equal opportunities to become the best of what he/she can be.

Synergeia’s Mission

To transform how leaders govern and to empower communities to create a better life for themselves and their children.

What We Do

Our work in educational governance system spans every level from municipalities to cities to national government. We work with policy-makers, local leaders, national and local agencies and institutions, communities at the grassroot level, and private sector partners to help them transform how they think, organize, facilitate, mobilize and execute change for improved governance, leadership and collective action.


Specifically, we help them through our 6Cs Transformation Programme:

Core Strategy

Setting a vision for strategic and sustainable outcomes, developing a framework for strategic planning and its execution, building monitoring and evaluation process and methodology from design to implementation, creating governance structure and performance management system, and strengthening resource mobilization, including budget development and financing.

Creative Solution Ideation

Developing design thinking to understand and respond to stakeholder problems, issues and needs, designing and running innovation programs, covering capabilities, framework and governance, to deliver more future-proofed results.

Capacity and Culture-building

Build capacity for winning leadership, governance and change management to create sustainable competitive advantage.

Comprehensive Intelligence

Conduct of economic research, feasibility studies, market studies, surveys, data and analytics and risk management studies to drive optimal strategies and outcomes.

We also develop project proposals, from design to execution, including budgets, covering a diverse range of themes, for varying donors, local or international.

We also develop position papers on policies, legislations and other emerging issues which will have a social and economic impact to a wide stakeholder spectrum, including local communities, institutions and private sector.

Communication innovations

Developing and implementing a multi-channel and broad-based communication plan to deliver information to specific audience, increase awareness, boost credibility and reputation and solidify brand identity and reach. Our expertise in StoryTelling creates value-adding advantage to draw better understanding of strategic messaging and support to particular communication objectives.

Cutting-edge Execution

Undertake project management, including organization and mobilization of resources and monitoring and evaluation of outcomes.

President and CEO

Our mother hen is Dr. Milwida M. Guevara. On week days (and even most weekends), she is Synergeia’s Chief Executive Officer. A former Undersecretary of the Department of Finance, “Ma'am Nene” (as we fondly call her) guides the flock and makes sure everyone is well fed.


Board of Trustees


Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J.



Father Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J.

Chairman Emeritus


Dr. Antonio N. Torralba

Vice Chairman


John Aloysius Bernas



John L. Silva

Corporate Secretary


Dr. Milwida M. Guevara

General Counsel


Solita C. Monsod



Miguel Rene A. Dominguez



Rafael L. Coscolluela



Dr. Cristina L. Yuson



Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian



Dr. Corazon Abansi

Chancellor, UP Baguio

Oscar Atendido

Personality Development Guru

Joaquin Hagedorn

Former School Principal (California)

FGov Josefina Dela Cruz

Province of Bulacan

FMayor Mary Jane Ortega

San Fernando City, La Union

John Silva

Executive Director, Ortigas Foundation Library

Dr. Antonio Torralba

University of Asia and the Pacific

Dr. Jesus Reynaldo Aquino

Former PhilHealth President, Congressman and Mayor of San Fernando, Pampanga

Mr. John Aloysius Bernas

Treasurer, Synergeia

FMayor Voltaire Anthony C. Villarosa

Mamburao, Mindoro Occidental

Councilor Eduardo Tiongson

Mun. of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

FGov Rafael Coscolluela

Province of Negros Occidental

Gov Francis Joseph "Jay" Jalandoni

Philippine Red Cross

FMayor Alfonso Gamboa

Mun. of Enrique B. Magalona, Negros Occidental

Board Member Jason Gonzales

Province of Iloilo; FMayor, Mun. of Lambunao, Iloilo

FMayor Esteban Coscolluela

Murcia, Negros Occidental

FGOv Miguel A. Dominguez

Province of Sarangani

Mayor Mohammad Ali "Bruce" Matabalao

Cotabato City

FMayor Rommel Falqui

Municipality of Kiamba, Sarangani

Mr. Edicio de la Torre

Education for Life Foundation

Fr. Eric Velandria SJ

Ateneo de Manila University

Fr. Michael McGuire


Spiritual Director and Psychologist

Dr. Allan G. Farnazo

Regional Director, Department of Education

Mrs. Teresa Villacorta

Former AVP of Ayala Corporation and Former Executive Director of Childrens Hour

Prof. Shirley Equipado

Training Specialist

Central Staff

Miguel Rene A. Dominguez


Juan Carlo Medina

Executive Director

Dr. Milwida M. Guevara

General Counsel

Anna Maria de Leon

Operations Officer

Adrian Aquino

M & E Analyst

Minie Manalese

Administrative & Finance Officer

Ramon Antonio Aldana

Program Officer

Maria Cecilia Sanchez

Finance Specialist

Eddiether Fernandez

M & E Analyst

Eduardo Cortez , Jr.

Driver / Messenger

Anjanette Juan

Senior Program Officer/HR & Logistics Officer

Florendo Guevara

Program Officer

April Dulfo

Project Accountant

Jessica Frey Shane Geronimo

HR & Logistics Assistant

Ma. Cristina Lleva

Administrative Assistant

Site Staff

Maria Consuelo Doble

Program Officer (North Luzon)

Caridad Sri Tharan

Program Officer (Bohol)

Halil Bacarat, Jr.

Project Officer (Marawi)

Elsimir Tawasil

Program Officer (Sulu)

Alzen Serabani

Program Officer (Tawi Tawi)

Edwin Nacionales

Program Officer (Visayas)

Victoria Armilla

Program Officer (Cebu)

Fahad Balindong

Statistician (Marawi)

Alhajar Abdulgafor

Program Officer (Sulu)

Ernesto Malvas

Program Officer (Visayas)

Amaluden Aguam

Program Officer (Lanao)

Hanifa Mitomara

Program Assistant (Marawi)

Alan Abbang

Finance Specialist (Sulu)


Maria Lourdes Recente

Renato Pizarro

Wilfrido Marifosque

Other Relevant Information


Synergeia Foundation, Inc. is accredited by the PCNC (Philippine Council for NGO Certification)