Our Officers


    • Chairman and CEO

      Herminio S. Esguerra

      Chairman and CEO
      The Herma Group of Companies

      Mr. Herminio S. Esguerra is the owner, founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of the The Herma Group of Companies.

      A man driven by his vision and entrepreneurial ability, he continues to chart new courses for HSTC. After two decades, he is still very active in top management yet takes time to prepare his people as a charismatic and persistent coach.

  • President

    Emelito A. Sosa


    Emelito A. Sosa is a seasoned Marine Operations Manager with extensive experience in tanker operations. Starting his sea service career as a Deck Cadet in 1986, he continuously climbed the service ladder to become an experienced Chief Officer. While buidling his sea service, he worked as a Marine Review and Maritime Instructor. He continued his career growth in 2003 by moving to a full-time land-based position as an in-house trainer then steadily rose up the ranks to hold various managerial positions. He is a licensed Chief Mate and a certified Maritime Training Instructor. Prior to joining Herma Shipping and Transport Corp. (HSTC), he was Ship Management Head and Ship Manager for one of the major players in the domestic tankering industry.

  • Vice President for Safety Health Environment Quality

    Romulo V. Lucero

    Vice President for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE)

    Capt. Romulo V. Lucero is a seasoned licensed Master Mariner with 20 years of experience in the shipping industry. Prior to joining HSTC, he was Marine and Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Quality (HSSEQ) Superintendent in a foreign vessel. He is a licensed trainer of seaborne personnel.

  • Vice-President for Commercial and Risk Management

    Peter S. Huang

    Vice President for Commercial and Risk Management

    Mr. Peter S. Huang joined the The Herma Group in 2003 as Chief Information Officer and served concurrently as Business Development officer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University. After an early career in education, he went on to attain his Masters in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

  • Vice-President for Ship Management

    Apolonio P. Marfito Jr.

    Vice President for Ship Management

    A graduate from Western Institute of Technology in Iloilo, Mr. Marfito is a licensed Mechanical Engineer. He has seven year experience with PNOC where he rose from the ranks of an Oiler to Maintenance Supervisor, his last position prior to joining HSTC.

  • AVP for Finance and Admin

    Clara F. Sapalo

    AVP for Finance and Admin

    Ms. Clara F. Sapalo first joined Herma Shipping and Transport Corporation in 1996. She has held several assignments since then having been assigned in the other Strategic Business Units of The Herma Group. She was reassigned in HSTC in 2011 to head the Finance and Administration Department.

    Ms. Sapalo graduated with a degree of BS Accountancy from the University of San Agustin in Iloilo. In 2013, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration from the Philippine Women’s University.