About YPS

We are a group of young, dynamic individuals composed of professionals, people in government, entrepreneurs, activists, and people in the development sector.

Founded in September 2006, Young Public Servants Inc. (YPS) believes that promoting Good Governance and Democratic Citizenship among our youth are critical in shaping a new generation of honest and dedicated Filipino leaders.

As an organization, we trace our roots through the International Center for Innovation, Transformation, Excellence in Governance, Inc. (INCITEGov), which recognizes the potential in harnessing the expertise, energies and perspectives of its members aged 40 and below.

Through various programs and activities, we aim to:        
  • Be an influential and credible source of youth perspectives
  • Initiate dialogue that leads to policy and institutional reforms
  • Undertake research relevant to understanding and establishing programs for the youth
  • Provide avenues for young people to voice their views and opinions
  • Increase awareness on good governance and democratic citizenship
By engaging and working with the youth, YPS hopes to contribute to effective nation-building and transformative socio-economic development across the entire Philippines.

Board Members

Joi Marie Angelica Indias

Smile is a designer and educator. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was also the Creative Director in the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDPSO). She is 65% tita.
Laila Deles
Vice Chairperson

Laila is a finance researcher, explorer and retired athlete. She is a research consultant for the Asian Development Bank. She previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Transition Investment Support Plan for ARMM Program under the Management Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Joan Dela Cruz
Corporate Secretary

Joan is a lawyer by profession. She is an Associate at Puno and Puno Law Offices and was previously Executive Assistant at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). She is a dreamer and describes herself as an ambivert.
JC Punongbayan

JC is an economist, Rappler columnist, and a teacher. He was previously Head Executive Assistant at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Abbey Pangilinan
Executive Director

Abbey is an urban planner and co-founder of UrbanisMo. She previously worked as National Deputy Program Manager for Operations of the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer Program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). She is a tennis fan and describes herself as madaldal.

Team Members

Aya Tamayo
Program Manager

Aya serves as Convenor for Advocates of Inclusion and Co-Executive Director of Bayi, Inc. She previously served as Senior Research Associate for UP-System Gender Audit at the University of the Philippines. She is a policy freak, gamer, and an introvert.
Mia Howell
Public Engagement Manager

Mia is a researcher and a Women, Gender and Development consultant. She previously served as Program Officer for the Angat Buhay Program of the Office of the Vice President (OVP). She is a feminist and a crazy cat lady.
Reese Zabala
Project Associate

Reese is a literary writer. She is a Project Assistant at the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College and a graduate student taking up a Master in International Studies – Honor’s Program in the same institution. She is a sleeper and a warm person.
Quiel Quiwa
Youth Sector Engagement Manager

Quiel is a youth organizer and development consultant. He previously served as Program Officer for the Angat Buhay Program of the Office of the Vice President (OVP). He is also a licensed electronics engineer and a theater actor.