In 1989, Ms. Geraldez was appointed Associate Commissioner of the Commission on Immigration and Deportation, playing a significant role in revitalizing and professionalizing the agency. She was instrumental in putting order to and simplifying immigration rules and procedures for the benefit of aliens and the general public. In 1990, she was appointed Acting Undersecretary for Legal Affairs of the Department of Agrarian Reform where she contributed to the formulation of many administrative orders and regulations to implement the institution’s mission.
Upon her return to private practice, she assumed an expanded role to include giving advice on investments, joint ventures, acquisitions of agricultural land and its conversion to commercial, industrial or residential uses. She has also advised on the acquisition by a foreign bank of a local subsidiary, and on investments at the Subic Bay Freeport. She is also involved in litigation work before the appellate courts. With her appointment as head of the Firm’s Immigration Department, she currently devotes substantial time to advising on the requirements for obtaining visas and work permits for investors and their employees.
Ms. Geraldez obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 1974, and her Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from the same university in 1978. She obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. She trained as a visiting lawyer with the firm of Baker & McKenzie in San Francisco.
Professional Membership & Affiliations:
Ms. Geraldez is active in professional, civic and charitable organizations, having served as President of the Portia Sorority from 1977 to 1978, President of the UP Law Alumni Association, Inc. from 2003-2004, President of the UP Women Lawyers’ Circle (U.P. Wiloci), the association of the alumnae of the UP College of Law from 1994 to 1996 and which she continues to serve as a Director. She is currently the President of the Immigration Lawyers Associations of the Philippines, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee of Zonta International, District 17 and the Treasurer of the Asean Law Association of the Philippines, Inc. She is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Bar Association.