Legacy of Education and Accomplishment from Parents
Victor was born on 17 August 1943 in Manila of a Capizonon teacher-mother (Florencia Bermejo) and a lawyer-father from Leyte (Atty. Mamerto Endriga). Both of his parents were accomplished in their own rights – his mother was a graduate of Philippine Normal College who became a principal. However, her mother had to give up her profession to be a full-time mother to her brood of 6 kids (Guillermo, Raul, Carmela, Mamerto Jr., Casiano, and youngest Victor). She was a disciplinarian with a heart and, thus, was a role model in education.
Victor's father, on the other hand, was a former Department of Finance Undersecretary. He was a working student who studied at night until he was able to finish law at the Manuel L. Quezon University and pursue Masters of Law at Harvard University.
Victor's Own Academic Pursuits
Pursuit for higher academic achievement must be in their genes as Victor himself completed 2 undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mapua Institute of Technology (1970) and Business Administration Major in Accounting, Lyceum of the Philippines (1979). After a decade, he pursued post-graduate studies in Public Administration major in Government Management followed by Doctoral in Fiscal Studies in 1998.
Outstanding Civil Servant Official in Treasury, Administration, and Education
By that time, Victor was the only local government treasurer in the Philippines holding a doctorate degree in fiscal studies. As Pasig Treasurer, he was instrumental in increasing Pasig City's revenue from PhP154 Million in 1992 to PhP2.1 Billion in 2000.
Before his stint as Quezon City Treasurer from 2001 till 2010, Victor honed his financial acumen by further studying financial management at the Harvard Institute for International Development. During his stint as as Quezon City's Treasurer, he converted it from being the “most financially distressed local government unit (LGU) in Metro Manila” to the “richest LGU from 2002 till the present”.
In the field of academe, Dr. Endriga was a dean of Lyceum's School of Advance Studies, various colleges' professor or lecturer in public administration, local and international taxation, fiscal management, business administration, and foreign service.
In his own right, he has authored books on revenue and taxation, finance, and sustainability.
Awards Received and Organizations Served
It is not a surprise then that Dr. Victor Endriga was acknowledged by his alma maters of Lyceum of the Philippines and Don Bosco Technical College as their outstanding alumnus. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry cited him as “Architect of Economic Recovery” in 2003. Other institutions (like the Rotary Club, Civil Service Commission, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig) have noted his leadership and philanthropic work in different areas.
In turn, Victor has served organizations like alumni, treasurer, assessor, and other socio-civi associations in various capacities as its president or director.
Significant Moments in Capiz
Having been a “World War II” baby born in Manila, summer vacations in Pan-ay Town in Capiz had always been memorable. He muses that “coming home to her mother's hometown is flattering as it is like being welcomed by a entire community”.
Vic was married to the former Emma Villaruel with which he has 3 children – Carmela Endriga- Honrado, Marivic Cherry Endriga-Valerio, and Victor Endriga Jr.
Words of Wisdom to the Youth
“Education is a never-ending process – it starts from birth and ends only in death”. So says Dr. Endriga as he summarized the philosophy that has guided his life from being a child of accomplished parents to being one oustanding Filipino in his own right.
Congratulations to Dr. Victor Endriga for such great and noble accomplishments that your parents, family, and Capiznons can truly be proud of!