ANSA–EAP is a relatively young organization, with most staff members below the age of 40. Many have significant experience in the development sector. They come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from Engineering, Business Management, Public Management, Mathematics, Media, Psychology, Philosophy, Communications, Community Development, and Political Science.
Adelfo V. Briones Learning Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Briones is a development professional with nearly two decades of experience working with local non-government organizations, government, and international development organizations. He has been involved in leadership development, capacity building, policy research, project management, monitoring, and coordination. His areas of interest and experience include participatory governance and social accountability in local governance, public health, public safety, public education, youth development, social protection, and disaster risk reduction and management. He also teaches the course "Leadership in Public Service" in the graduate program of the Ateneo School of Government.
Mr. Briones is currently the learning manager of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation. He leads the capacity building component of the Participatory Audit project implemented with the Commission on Audit. He also provides support to a number of local and international social accountability projects undertaken by ANSA-EAP Foundation by designing, facilitating, and managing learning activities and events.
Mr. Briones is finishing his Doctorate in Social and Community Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed his Masters in Social and Community Psychology from the same university.
Adelle Liezl Chua is the communications coordinator of the Citizen Participatory Project (CPA). She writes the stories of the actors and other stakeholders of the project -- what they feel, think, experience, and expect, and how they manage to overcome the project's challenges.
She obtained her AB in Literature (English) from Ateneo de Manila University in 1997 and her MA in Journalism from the same university as a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation – Asian Center for Journalism in 2013. In 2007, she completed an eight-week course in Financial and Economic Journalism at the Institute for International Journalism in Berlin, Germany.
She is concurrently an editor and writer of The Standard, a Philippine broadsheet, and has also worked as researcher and case writer for various projects. She writes about politics, business and social ills, but also about personal experiences and thoughts about the mundane. As comfortable writing in Tagalog as she is in English, Adelle believes it is her lot to tell stories; she is most alive doing so.
Athena Gabrielle Abanto, or Keow, has earned her Master’s Degree in International Studies in Miriam College in 2015, and has also earned her bachelor’s degree of International Studies Major in International Politics and Minor in Peace Studies in 2010 at the same institution. She is currently studying Mandarin at the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University. Keow is multilingual and can speak English, Cebuano, Filipino, Thai and Mandarin. Keow is a supporter of human rights, gender equality and feminism, as she has been exposed to these advocacies while previously working for other international/regional NGOs. In her spare time, Keow enjoys taking pictures using her mobile phone while traveling to different Asian countries and local places in the Philippines.
Brenda Jane D. Pureza Administrative Associate, Checkmyschool (CMS) email@example.com
Brenda is a recent graduate of Development Studies in Miriam College. As a student leader, she spent her days advocating for student's rights and good governance. On the side, Brenda does freelance research and familiarises herself with youth and governance studies. She is currently a student at the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University and plans to take up further studies on public administration.
Chey San Network Fellow for Cambodia firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Marie C. Cruz Learning Associate, Project CHARGE email@example.com
Edward Marcel C. Gacusana Project Manager, Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladys Honey F. Selosa Operations Manager/Resource Mobilization Manager email@example.com
Gladys Honey Selosa is a social accountability practitioner since 2004. She specializes in the design, development and implementation of tools under the thematic areas of infrastructure and education. Gladys' range of experience and interest covers public financial management, including participatory budgeting, procurement monitoring, contract monitoring, social audits and participatory audits. She is also a resource person for capability-building activities related to the procurement law of the Philippines.
Gladys has two certificate courses on tool development for good governance and social accountability from the Coady International Institute in Canada. She currently manages CheckMyBarangay, a participatory governance project and CheckMySchool, an education monitoring initiative. Both projects encourage the use the offline and online citizen participation modes. She is also part of the team that implements the Citizen Participatory Audit Project of ANSA-EAP in partnership with the Commission on Audit.
Hannah Althea Estipona Research Associate, Checkmyschool (CMS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Althea Estipona is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree major in Social Development at the Ateneo de Manila University. She graduated from Miriam College in 2010 with a degree in International Studies major Development Studies and minor in Gender Studies. She loves listening to music, and her preference spans from The Beatles to the Eraserheads to Passion Pit. Her spare time is spent looking up DIY arts and crafts projects online and watching 90s Filipino movies. She loves to travel and immerse herself in the culture of the place she is in so that she would “feel like a local” and her Instagram feed is tailored to bolster that image.
Hillary Martinez Research Associate, Checkmybarangay (CMB) email@example.com
Hilary is currently a Research Associate for ANSA-EAP. She considers research and project work as her first love. She likes learning new things from other people and reading books and articles. She is also interested in Political Philosophy and History. One of her dreams is to design her own research project.
Hilary’s affair with research began while working as a Research Associate in TNS Philippines as part of the Measurement and Quality Management (MQM) team. She handled a number of Multi-country projects from Japan, Singapore, Korea, Australia and UK with categories ranging from Women and Technology, Doctor Studies, Automotives, TV Audience Measurement Studies and beauty products.
Aside from her research function, Hilary is also working as a Project Associate for CheckMyBarangay, a participatory governance initiative at the Barangay level. This is her first project for ANSA-EAP.
Hilary obtained her degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2014.
Imelda Perez Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
Jalton Taguibao Research Manager email@example.com
Jalton Garces Taguibao currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1998. Afterwards, he worked as a Teaching Associate from 1999-2002, taught and supervised courses in the Asia Pacific Studies Program (APS) at the University of the Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) (2002-2004), and then joined the Department of Social Sciences (DSS) at the University of the Philippines-Manila, serving as a member of the faculty from 2005-2010).
He earned my Masters in Management (Public Management) from the University of the Philippines-Manila and is currently completing his PhD in Political Science completing my dissertation research which focuses on policy making and renewable energy development in the Philippines.
Apart from my work in the academe, he has been involved in the development sector, working on issues such as Freedom of Information and Open Contracting. He is a Research Manager at ANSA-EAP and also a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) specialist for selected projects within the organization. Apart from his work in the development sector, he is a Lecturer and Consultant at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Jal describes himself as a geek, a musician, and a foodie who, every now and then, experiments in the kitchen.
James Nigel Panganiban Research Associate, Checkmybarangay (CMB) firstname.lastname@example.org
James Nigel C. Panganiban is a research associate in ANSA-EAP. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2014 with a degree in BA Political Science. He likes discussing topics in international relations and has a keen interest in the story of conflicts in the 20th century ranging from the Second World War to the Vietnam War. He is also an avid computer gamer and loves to read historical fiction novels. He also builds scale models of tanks and armored vehicles in his spare time.
John Vincent Romero Project Associate for Communications & Sustainability email@example.com
Vincent Romero graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2015. His research interests as an undergraduate were focused on political participation and social movements, later shifted into policy research with focus on health. Prior to becoming a project associate for Checkmyschool, he served as a research consultant for ANSA-EAP working on a health governance case study commissioned by WHO.
Outside of work, he spends his time between books, movies, comics, art, and other similar manners of geekdom. As a music lover, he collects headphones and is rarely seen without a pair.
Kristin Mae Baltazar Project Associate, Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tin currently serves as a project staff for the Citizen Participatory Audit Project. Believing that the best type of job is one that has social impact, she is an advocate of diversity with a passion for the development sector. Since her graduation from the University of the Philippines Manila with a degree in Development Studies, she has been involved in various advocacies that promote active citizenship such as human dignity and human rights, youth empowerment, women’s rights as well as social inclusion for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Lanz Nicole R. Baltazar Project Associate, Checkmybarangay (CMB) email@example.com
Marilyn J. Yabut Accounting and Administrative Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Yabut is the Accounting and Administrative associate of Ansa-Eap Foundation, Inc. under the Executive Director's Office. At Ansa-Eap, She is assisting the Finance Officer and Bookkeeper in preparing all necessary documents such as disbursement, filing, safe keeping, reimbursement, request for payment and other required documentation and processing. Good coordination and thorough follow-up is very critical in her daily routine in which she tag it as top priority. As a woman, Lyn is caring and friendly, she love traveling with friends and relatives, sharing new ideas and thoughts, enjoy the hidden wonder of nature
Mary Grace M. Hernandez Finance Officer email@example.com
Paul Thomas L. Villanueva Learning Associate, Project CHARGE firstname.lastname@example.org
Redempto S. Parafina Executive Director email@example.com
Redempto S. Parafina, or Dondon, is the Executive Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) Foundation, Inc. As an international development practitioner, he has recognized track record in civil society networking, capacity building and advancing innovations in citizen participation in governance. With over fourteen years of experience, he is consulted on the technical application of social accountability in various fields and sectors, such as education, health, public procurement, ICT, youth/children, among others. His work has spanned the Philippines and various East Asian countries. He is also a Senior Associate at the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government, where he has spearheaded various projects. He is a graduate student of philosophy, a boy scout and a dragonboat paddler.
Roy C. Choco Information Systems Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruru is the Assistant to the Executive Director in ANSA-EAP. She obtained her degree in Philosophy at the University of the Philippines—Diliman. In her undergraduate years, she handled multiple events which enhanced her skills as a team player and opened her mind to work for the good of others. Prior to being the executive assistant, Ruru first took the position of Administrative Associate in ANSA-EAP. She considers herself as an extroverted introvert who is in constant wanderlust and always up to try new things.
Samantha Mae M. Poblete Research Associate email@example.com
Sandra Mae Laureano Project Associate, Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Major in Finance and Investments Management at Miriam College. However, she has chosen to pursue a rather unconventional path. She had worked as the Finance and Administrative Assistant of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) Secretariat for 2 and a half years. All the while, she also doubles as a music writer and photographer for a concert website, covering both small gigs to major arena shows. She has an innate curiosity about the trivialities of general fiction, classic literature, weird movies and all sorts of music. For no certain reason, she can understand and write basic to semi-advanced Korean and Japanese.
Shigemi D. Muramatsu Learning Associate, Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) email@example.com
Shigemi Muramatsu is a development professional working in the good governance and social accountability advocacy since 2013. She serves as ANSA-EAP’s Learning Associate, contributing to the Foundation’s strategic objective to institutionalize Social Accountability learning in the East Asia region.
At the project-level, Gemi has been with the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) team since she started in ANSA-EAP. One of her notable experiences in CPA was her actual involvement as a “citizen-auditor” in conducting value-for-money audits of locally-funded Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) projects. Together with state auditors and other citizen groups, her team looked into aspects of efficiency, effectiveness and economy of FMR projects in the Province of Palawan. Currently, Gemi is the Team Leader of the CPA project engagement with the World Bank.
Gemi gained her degree in Development Communication, with Educational Communication as her major, from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños. In 2015, she completed her certificate course in Geotagging from the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). In the same year, Gemi also finished her Certificate in Facilitating Adult Learning from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Undral Gombodorj Network Fellow for Mongolia firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilson C. Villones Research Associate, Checkmyschool (CMS) email@example.com
Wilson Villones is currently the Research Associate of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation. He also has been part of a number of local social accountability projects by doing research, documentation and facilitation of social accountability activities and events undertaken by ANSA-EAP Foundation.
Mr. Villones earned his bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. At present, he is also completing his master’s degree at the same university.
Credits for banner photos, from left: “Farmer Mt. Province” courtesy of Rosemarie Razon/SEARCA, 2008; “Give us water” courtesy of Ashoke Ghosh/SEARCA, 2008; “Keep the ecosystem healthy” and “Finding solutions” courtesy of Gina Meneses/SEARCA, 2008. All photos used by permission of the photographers and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)