Renato Redentor Constantino
Red has worked for close to three decades with international climate, development and environment campaigning organizations spanning South, Southeast, East, and Central Asia. He is the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire and was part of the anthologies Letters to the Earth (HarperCollins, 2019) with Yoko Ono, Mary Oliver, Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance, Humanity (Paloma Press, 2018) with Eileen Tabios, Laura Mullen, and Murzban F. Shroff, Literary Encounters: A Comprehensive Worktext in 21st Century Literature from the Philippines (University of San Carlos Press, 2016), and the Japanese publication The World Can be Changed: An Anthology for Posterity (TUP/Seven Forest Bookstore, Tokyo: 2004), along with Ariel Dorfman, Jane Goodall, Chalmers Johnson, and Sami Ramadani.
As head of ICSC, he published and contributed to what might be the world’s first literary anthology, Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (ICSC, 2014), which was awarded three national book awards. He writes for several publications, and his essays on history, memory, environment and development have been translated into several languages.
Francis Joseph Dela Cruz
Partnerships and Advocacy Advisor
Francis has been a campaigner on various social and environmental issues, including coal and clean energy, for the past three decades. He is also an experienced facilitator and trainer on campaigning, project management and leadership. He first got involved with ICSC in June 2015 by promoting renewable energy solutions in Haiyan-affected areas in Samar and Iloilo. Francis heads ICSC’s project management unit and is the Convenor of Aksyon Klima Plipinas, a national network of over 40 civil society groups working on climate change issues.
The Climate Governance Team (CGT) works on integrating sound, current, and vetted climate science into long-term development planning, implementation, and review processes across national and local levels while engaging international, regional and national networks to increase adaptive capacity and the ability of national and local institutions to pursue resilient low carbon development.
Reginald Rex Barrer
An environmental scientist and licensed environmental planner, Rex heads the Climate Governance Team and has more than 20 years of progressive experience in climate and environment work locally and abroad. He is a Climate Reality Leader, previously a member of the Philippine delegation to the UNFCCC, and has written on various climate issues, such as REDD+. He holds Masters degrees in environmental science and management from the Yale School of the Environment, and on labor relations, specializing in organizational development, from the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations. He is also a faculty member of the Ateneo School of Government.
Climate Science Advisor
Lourdes, a meteorologist and climatologist, is a member of the Climate Change Commission’s National Panel of Technical Experts. She is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and was a lead author of Working Group II of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. She is also a founding member of the Asia Climate Experts (ACE) Network and was previously chief of the Climate Data Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and researcher of the Manila Observatory.
Dr. Felino Lansigan
Climate Adaptation Advisor
Known for his contributions in agricultural statistics, statistical hydrology, environmental statistics, and climate change, Felino currently serves as the Dean of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Arts and Sciences and chair/convenor of the UPLB Climate and Disaster Risks Studies Center. He is also a member of the Climate Change Commission’s National Panel of Technical Experts and a founding member of the ACE Network.
Felino is the editor-in-chief of an international peer-reviewed Sciverse-Scopus-indexed journal and member of editorial board of two other scientific journals. Apart from that, he also leads the UPLB-DOST project on Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) and he contributed to Working Group II of IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
Danica Marie Supnet
Danica leads the coordination with academic institutions, scientists, and other experts on the climate science research agenda to support ICSC’s work with local governments and communities on policy development. She is also in charge of mainstreaming the gender and development agenda for climate planning. She is the co-lead of the ACE Network secretariat, a fellow of the Asian consortium Women and Earth Initiative (WORTH), and the Academy for Political Management (APM), and a Climate Reality Leader inducted last 2016.
Engr. Elainne Lopez
A geodetic engineer, Elainne worked in the government’s first nationwide flood hazard mapping project using LiDAR technology. She has also worked on mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) capacity development for more than 4 years. She now engages with civil society organizations and research institutions to link climate change-related studies with national and local climate policy development using the latest technologies on remote sensing and spatial data analysis.
Isabella Ann Mendoza
Sella leads engagements with local government units and organizations to develop evidence-based climate action and resource mobilization plans through the Climate Change Adaptation Frameworks, tackling concerns such as rural and urban resilience, ecosystem-based adaptation, and local mitigation. She is involved in the regional cooperation for development planning under the Partners for Resilience (PfR) with Cordaid and their local government partners.
The Urban Transitions Team (UrT) supports the early adoption and integration of climate change risks and opportunities into long-term urban development planning. The team works closely with local governments and urban development planners in promoting, piloting, and advancing resilient, inclusive, low-carbon strategies that readily address the development challenges of cities and rapidly urbanizing communities especially concerning transport, water, and energy.
The Mobility Awards is a platform that recognizes bike- and pedestrian-friendly local government units, workplaces, and commercial establishments. It aims to prioritize the majority of Filipinos who do not have cars, and provide them with reliable, sustainable, and inclusive mobility programs.
The inaugural round focused on the active mobility efforts of LGUs, workplaces, and establishments in Metro Manila. The organizers (ICSC, MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines, and 350 Pilipinas) hope to hold the awards nationwide in the future.
Maria Golda Hilario
Associate for Program Development
Golda has had over two decades of experience in development work, mostly doing participatory research and policy analysis in the areas of sustainable agriculture, agricultural biodiversity, livelihood systems and trade. She formerly led ICSC’s RE-Charge Pilipinas team and is now leading the development of its urban transitions agenda. She is also ICSC’s representative and an adviser to the Philippine delegation to the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference of the Beijing+25 Review.
She has written “Braving the Uncertainties of Weather: Weather Index Insurance as Agriculture Risk Transfer Mechanism for Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction in the Philippines” in 2012 for ICSC with the Climate Change Commission and Oxfam in the Philippines.
Advisor on Inclusive Urban Mobility
Aldrin is an urban planner behind MNL Moves, an online collective community followed by 6,600 netizens, aspiring to move Metro Manila by walking and cycling more often and in more places. He is currently the program manager of Cardno Emerging Markets Australia Pty Ltd, an international contracting firm. Aldrin is advising ICSC’s Urban Transition team on engaging the wider community of active commuters and cities around Metro Manila. He obtained his undergraduate degree in political science..
Arielle Celine Tabinga
Urban Transitions Analyst
Celine holds a master’s degree in environmental planning and management from Miriam College. She is currently helping develop and support ICSC’s gender work and low-carbon resilience agenda. She was previously the Special Projects Coordinator for ICSC, and supported both the Alas ng Bayan exhibit and the Agam Agenda.
Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz
Associate for Climate Policy
As head of the climate policy team, AK works on ICSC’s policy initiatives by innovating strategies that transform policy discussions to positive actions. He led the campaign for the passage of the People’s Survival Fund, and now leads initiatives to help local governments and communities access the Fund. He also leads the organization’s convenorship of GCFWatch, a Southern CSO-led initiative established to help promote and accelerate civil society readiness to engage the Green Climate Fund.
Janssen Mozar Martinez
Climate Policy Analyst II
Janssen tracks climate finance and helps local governments and communities craft adaptation proposals, among other initiatives. He started out in ICSC as a research consultant.
Angelika Marie David
Angge is a natural resource economics graduate. She previously worked on projects on sustainable development and ecotourism before joining ICSC. Her current research work focuses on the environmental monitoring and permitting of coal-fired power plants.
The Energy Policy Team (EPT) helps advance the campaign to decarbonize the Philippine energy sector, with a sound theoretical footing, by pursuing climate and energy research and conducting technical and economic analysis.
Atty. Pedro “Pete” Maniego, Jr.
Senior Policy Advisor
Pete is an energy law expert, industrial engineer, economist, management consultant and professorial lecturer. He chaired the National Renewable Energy Board for almost six years. He has over 45 years of experience in senior executive positions in the energy, metals, and other sectors. He currently advises the Climate Change Commission and chairs the board of the University of the Philippines Engineering Research and Development Foundation. Pete is also a trustee of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Alberto “Bert” Dalusung III
Energy Transition Advisor
Bert has over 30 years experience in the energy sector with particular focus on renewable energy development, national energy planning, and policy formulation. He served before as Director for Energy Planning in the Department of Energy, where he was involved in pioneering geothermal steam pricing, electricity cost structures and transfer pricing, national energy balance reporting and the conduct of nationwide household energy surveys. He is the former President of the Biomass Renewable Energy Alliance and was appointed by President Duterte as a member of the National Renewable Energy Board representing private developers.
Maria Celina Paula Valencia
Paula works on transition projects with a focus on low carbon development. Her previous roles in the private sector gave her solid experience in the region’s renewable energy sector, as well as rapport with private and government entities in the national and international levels. She is currently writing her masters thesis on environmental ethics and intergenerational justice.
Engr. Jessa Ibañez
Jessa earned her electrical engineering degree from the University of Southeastern Philippines and her masters in energy engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is currently an associate at the Center for Empowerment, iNnovation, and Training for Renewable Energy (CentRE) and a junior researcher at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Engr. Kenneth Daniel Quesada
Kenneth earned his electrical engineering degree from Ateneo de Davao University and his masters in energy from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He is currently an associate at the Center for Empowerment, iNnovation, and Training for Renewable Energy (CentRE) and a junior researcher at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
The RE-Charge Pilipinas (RCP), established as a post-Typhoon Yolanda initiative by the ICSC, continues to demonstrate renewable energy innovations as their contribution to overall efforts of achieving climate resiliency and community-driven paths towards low-carbon development in the Philippines. 2018 was a very productive year for RCP, where they achieved numerous milestones, together with their partners – women’s groups, local government units, volunteers, private renewable energy providers, state colleges, researchers, and funding partners.
Associate for Community Resilience
A veteran DRR practitioner, humanitarian worker, and community organizer, Uro worked as project coordinator and humanitarian assistance project officer of international organizations involved in the Typhoon Haiyan response in Samar. He now leads ICSC’s RE-Charge Pilipinas Team in deeply setting its programs and projects on low carbon resilience and energy democracy in survivor communities, and in broadening its network of allies and partners in local governments, civil society and people’s organizations, and electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas.
He is also the co-founder and Vice President of the community-based DRR organization in his hometown, the Morong Volunteers Emergency Response Team.
Community Outreach Officer
A local of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Orlan works closely with our partner communities particularly in Guiuan’s Suluan Island; Marabut, Samar; and Tacloban City, Leyte. He is also RE-Charge Pilipinas’ gender person, continuing to provide gender sensitivity orientations to all interns and volunteers.
Prior to being ICSC’s community outreach officer, Orlan has been our gender research consultant and community facilitator in Sulu-an.
Glinly, a Haiyan survivor from Abuyog, Leyte, is RE-Charge Pilipinas’ innovations officer who designed the latest versions of the solar TekPaks in collaboration with fellow survivors under the Solar Scholars Program. Aside from supervising the TekPak assembly and maintaining the 9.75 kilowatt hybrid PV system in the RCP facility, he mentors student interns and local partners in designing and setting up community-owned solar power systems and other renewable energy solutions
Kenay assists the RE-Charge Pilipinas team in administration of the office and the solar facility. She has worked as an administrative staff for various private firms and organizations for over ten years. She recently worked as an area manager for a local social enterprise in Tacloban City.
THE AGAM AGENDA
In 2014, ICSC published what may be the world’s first literary anthology on climate change composed of 26 images and 24 narratives in verse and prose in eight languages. “Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change” won multiple book awards in the Philippines and inspired the Agam Climate Podcast, which features the authors as they talk about the role of art and culture in the fight against climate change.
The upcoming book, Harvest Moon: Poems and Stories from the Edge of the Climate Crisis, will focus on storytelling and conversations on climate change, without the technical jargon, in the global south: Africa, Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific.
ALAS NG BAYAN
Alas ng Bayan is a ‘herstory’ exhibit that features the paintings of five Filipinas who resisted national oppression, social injustice, and rank misogyny throughout the country’s history: Gregoria ‘Oriang’ de Jesus (Lakambini ng Katipunan), Apolonia Catra (lone recorded woman officer with Macario Sakay’s forces), Remedios Gomez-Paraiso (Hukbalahap’s Kumander Liwayway), Lorena Barros (Martial Law activist), and Gloria Capitan (Bataan anti-coal activist).
Padmapani L. Perez
Project Lead, Agam Agenda
An anthropologist by training and a writer by heart, Padma’s poems and essays have been anthologized in various Philippine publications, including Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (2014, ICSC). She authored Green Entanglements: Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Indonesia and the Philippines (2018, University of the Philippines Press), and Shelah Goes to a Da-ngah (2016, Alam-am Publishing), a children’s book. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University, Netherlands. An advocate for food sovereignty, Padma serves on the boards of SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) and Global Seed Savers Philippines.
Project Assistant, Agam Agenda
Carissa has worked across the fields of sustainable development, creative disciplines, and its intersections. As a consultant, she has worked on the sustainability strategies and reports of top companies across Asia, and was previously head of strategy for a leading sustainability communications agency in the Philippines. A seasoned writer and comms practitioner, she is a graduate of the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership and obtained her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Ateneo de Manila University.
Volunteer, Agam Agenda
An avid songwriter, storyteller, and aspiring animator, Pilar believes in the power of music and stories to share ideas and inspire people. An advocate for social justice and the environment, she wants to use her time as a volunteer to learn from, and contribute to, the Agam Agenda and the various programs of ICSC.
Intern, Agam Agenda
Julia is a recent high school graduate from De La Salle University (Manila) Integrated School and is expected to attend SUNY Stony Brook University in New York to major in Environmental Studies next fall. She has worked across the fields of social sciences and environmental education and has been involved in numerous research projects. As an avid advocate for the environment, she is dedicated to working in the fields of environmentalism and sustainable development.
Associate for Policy Advocacy
Denise has worked on climate change and other environmental campaigns, coordinating mass actions and communications initiatives with national and international civil society groups. She now coordinates advocacy and communications efforts of ICSC and advises the organization on the UN climate negotiations.
Jo manages the production of ICSC’s creative products and the work of its creatives staff. He has over 17 years of production management, art direction and graphic design experience for print, web, software and video applications.
Aileen Camille Dimatatac
AC, a photojournalist, leads ICSC’s relations with journalists and other media producers. She also produces photo and videos for the institute, aside from teaching communications courses at a state university. She has been a communications officer for an environmental NGO and a photojournalist for a newspaper.
Ira Dominique Guerrero
Ira has worked with organizations from multiple sectors (i.e. nutrition, agriculture, forestry, livestock, and PWD empowerment) on communication and multimedia planning and production. She is now working with the ICSC Communications Team in content development and maintenance of ICSC’s presence in print, web, and social media.
Administration and Finance
Administration and Finance Manager
Che worked for a bookkeeping firm for 20 years before joining ICSC in 2013. More than just heading ICSC’s administrative and finance team, she is considered the mother of the team.
Mary Ann Calma Santoalla
Business Support Coordinator
Annie has sixteen years of experience in humanitarian and human rights work and thirteen years of experience in the production and publication of public information and education and mass communication materials. She currently supervises events management and logistics for ICSC, among other administrative tasks.
Administration and Finance Assistant
Jackie, a certified bookkeeper, worked as an admin staff for a private school before joining ICSC in 2012. She is also a Climate Reality Leader inducted in 2020 after attending the virtual Global Training of The Climate Reality Project.
Ma. Dianna Benaya
Dianne worked as the secretary of a parish church before joining ICSC in mid-2015. She also graduated from a short course in bookkeeping.