VP - Palo, Leyte, Philippines
Beatrice is originally from Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Adamson University in Manila and an M.A. in Communication from the University of the Philippines.
For almost 30 years, she worked with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology in various positions, including as Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology, Eastern Visayas (Leyte and Samar). She participated in research laboratory training at Johns Hopkins University and Mount Sinai Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she is a social worker at an independent living facility for seniors and adults with disabilities in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Beatrice became a member of Neighbors Abroad in the early 1990s after visiting an exhibit, “Bayanihan: Philippine Village,” in Palo Alto where she met members of the Palo Committee. She has served as the coordinator of four Interplast (now Resurge) surgical missions to the Philippines, providing free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery. She also served as the coordinator of a delegation headed by the then-Governor of Leyte for a study tour of science centers in the Bay Area.
She was the recipient of a United Nations Development Programme-Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals (UNDP-TOKTEN) consultancy grant for the Science and Technology Inter-island Run (STIR!) project in Leyte and Samar.