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.
Reginald Rex Barrer
Rex is an environmental scientist and planner with more than twenty years of progressive experience in addressing changes in the climate, environment, and in organizations locally and abroad. He holds Masters degrees in environmental science and management, from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and in human resources development, from the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
A geodetic engineer by profession, Elainne has worked in flood hazard mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) capacity development for more than four years. As part of the Project Management Team of ICSC, she now works on initiatives geared toward enhanced mitigation, adaptation and resilience from rapid- and slow-onset disasters caused by climate change. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in Community Development, which introduced her to development work.
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.
ICSC’s Climate Policy Team (CPT) works on climate finance and policy through the unit’s three pillars of work: access, accountability, and research. These pillars guide CPT’s vision of an ideal Climate Finance ecosystem wherein different sectors, such as the academe, civil society organizations, national government agencies, and local actors, respectively contribute their expertise in building communities that thrives under the new circumstances brought about by climate change.
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.
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 upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 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 was also previously chief of the Climate Data Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and researcher of the Manila Observatory.
Danica Marie Supnet
Danica leads ICSC’s coordination with local academic institutions to localize the slow-onset events associated with climate change impacts in the country, as well as to craft adaptation proposals with local governments and communities. She also works on the local tracking initiative of climate adaptation finance in the Philippines.
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.
Climate Policy Analyst I
Isabella joined ICSC in 2016 and worked as the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. She is now part of the Climate Policy Team and works with local government units and organizations towards formulating their climate change action and resource mobilization plans.
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.
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.
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 also currently advises the Climate Change Commission and chairs the board of the University of the Philippines Engineering Research and Development Foundation.
Engr. Jose “Viking” Logarta Jr.
Energy Policy Advisor
A licensed chemical engineer, Viking is one of the country’s top energy economists and is energy policy advisor to both government and the private sector on energy and environment issues in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. He advises electric cooperatives, other distribution utilities, and renewable energy developers as a partner in Asian Energy Advisors. He currently focuses on solving RE issues and implementation challenges faced by the utilities and generators in the Philippines transitioning to a restructured energy sector.
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.
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.
Uro is a veteran disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) practitioner, trainer, rescuer, firefighter, community organizer and coalition builder. He has helped survivors of typhoons and floods in his hometown in Rizal and in Western Samar rise from the ruins and build their resilience. He now coordinates the RE-Charge Pilipinas project, including the Solar Scholars training program, aspiring for the convergence of DRRM, renewable energy, and low carbon development.
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.
Community Outreach and Technical Officer
Glinly, a Haiyan survivor from Abuyog, Leyte, works for the RE-Charge Philippines project and Solar Scholars training program. He was a member of the One Tacloban relief operation and continues to volunteer for various NGOs in the region. A skilled outdoorsman, he also facilitates trainings on first aid, ropemanship, and other outdoor skills.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Maneesha Khalae is a rising senior from Boston University studying Economics and planning to minor in Environmental Science. She is originally from Malaysia and hopes to work in sustainable development one day in the Asia Pacific region. Maneesha is currently supporting URT in its active mobility research.
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 Climate Change. She authored Green Entanglements: Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Indonesia and the Philippines (2018), and Shelah Goes to a Da-ngah (2016), a children’s book. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Leiden University, Netherlands, and currently serves as a research fellow at Far Eastern University in Manila.
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.
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.
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.