Edgar Ladera Bullecer started his career in 1975 at the prestigious Philippine accounting firm SGV & Co., presently Ernst and Young. From then on, he expanded his work and became involved in numerous pioneering projects in the countryside of the Philippines. Since 1996, Bullecer has been instrumental in contributing to private initiatives for economic investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a region located in the Mindanao island group of the Philippines composed of predominantly Muslim provinces. Those initiatives, reported even in international media, have greatly contributed to the transformation of certain conflict zones in Mindanao into bustling economic zones, illustrating how sustainable economic development is key to lasting peace.
The Paglas Group is a diverse coalition of different private initiatives focused on uplifting the socio-economic status marginalized communities. As Co-founder and CEO, Bullecer’s role extends far beyond typical corporate management, as he even played a back-channel role in the peace process between the Philippine government and the Muslim revolutionary group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), travelling on roads of Mindanao a typical CEO would avoid. (Note: In October last year, after many decades of war in Mindanao, the international community finally witnessed the historic signing of the Peace Accord between the government and the MILF).
He is also passionate about activities that aim to enhance ecosystem conservation and livelihood improvement through sustainable natural resource management and rural development programs.
Bullecer looks forward to his upcoming retirement and to be able to focus on his philanthropic work in environmental advocacy, health and “new ideas that come as visions.”