About Us

The Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs, Inc. (“IMOA”) is a private, non-stock, non-profit corporation organized to conduct research, studies and fora on maritime and ocean affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, and publish and disseminate the results of such research, studies and fora through various media, including the hosting of a website for this purpose, for general information, advocacy and educational purposes; to engage the public and encourage participation in discussions regarding maritime and ocean concerns to provide valuable resource and feedback to policy makers, lawmakers, scientists, academicians, researchers and other interested parties.

The IMOA website (www.imoa.ph) aims to reach and engage the public, and encourage wider participation in the shaping of public opinion, national policy and strategy. Email: contactimoa at imoa dot ph.

The Board of Trustees and Founding Members of IMOA are:

Elma Christine R. Leogardo
Atty. Leogardo, a corporate and maritime lawyer and former President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines, is a founding member and the current President of IMOA. She chairs the Cartographic Exhibit Committee of IMOA.

Carlos L. Agustin
Commodore Agustin, a retired commodore of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is Chairman of the Maritime League and the Maritime Forum. He is a founding member of IMOA and a current Trustee.

Iris V. Baguilat
Atty. Baguilat, a maritime industry expert, is the current President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines. She is a founding member of IMOA and a current Trustee.

Arturo T. Del Rosario, Jr.
Atty. Del Rosario, a maritime and intellectual property lawyer and former President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines, is a founding partner of a leading maritime law firm in the Philippines. He is a current Trustee of IMOA.

Stephanie V. Gomez-Somera
Atty. Somera, a corporate, contract and intellectual property lawyer, is a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines. She is Vice-Chairman of the Cartographic Committee of IMOA.

Emmanuel S. Buenaventura
Atty. Buenaventura, a litigation, arbitration and maritime lawyer and former President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines, is the Deputy General Counsel of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is a founding member of IMOA.

Rodel A. Cruz
Atty. Cruz, a litigation lawyer and former Undersecretary of the Department of National Defense of the Philippines, is a senior partner in a Philippine law firm and a founding member of IMOA.

II Samuel R. Galope
Mr. Galope, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) advocate and practitioner,
is a senior information officer in the government sector. He chairs the Information Technology Committee of IMOA.

The Articles of Incorporation can be downloaded here.