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Experience on Mediation


Negotiator, Northrail Right of Way Acquisition BCDA Management and Holdings, Inc. | January 2008 – June 30, 2010

The Northrail project of the Philippine Government will construct its first section from Caloocan to Malolos, Bulacan and it is in need of additional right of way for the new design of an MRT type of public transportation system. The Right of Way Acquisition Team (ROWA) was formed to work towards a negotiated sale between the Gov’t of the Phils and every landowner affected by the additional right of way needs.

Responsible for the following:
a) Identify and communicate with land owners based on the parcillary maps from the project surveyors
Research on the Zonal value, prevailing market value on the area.
Coordinate and assist with the bank appraisal of the affected properties
Issue official notices, letter of intent to buy and the subsequent negotiation letters until such agreement is reached.
Submit required documents to the legal department if the negotiated sale fails.
Assist the landowner in completing requirements for executing deed of sale and the eventual segregation of their title to consummate the sale
Assist landowners in complying documentary requirements in securing extra judicial settlements and publications, BIR estate tax payments, Special power of Attorney, Real property taxes, transfer of titles and tax declarations.

Coordinator, Dumagat Tribe Project
September 2007 – December 2008

The Mediator's Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc in partnership with the Embassy of Finland implemented a project entitled “Facilitating the Mechanisms of Consensus Building and Participation of the Dumagat IP Toward the Protection of their Ancestral Domain and Old-growth Forest” which aims to a) map out the issues and concerns of the Dumagat, the Government and other stakeholders surrounding their ancestral land claim using the conflict analysis tool of MedNet; b) find out existing avenues (as stipulated by law, policy or local ordinance) of participation for the Dumagat of Montalban and other stakeholders in the protection and management of their old growth forest and its state of implementation; c) facilitate consensus-building processes whereby the dumagats of Puray, Montalban shall be able to: Resolve some issues related to their ancestral domain claim; Define their role in forest protection and management; Identify alternative sources of livelihood that are suited to their culture and the environment; d) set up mechanisms of participation of all stakeholders towards a coordinated protection and management plan that is suitable and sensitive to the life and culture of the Dumagat.

Responsible basically on the following:
the accomplishment of all project objectives and deliverables
lead all training to be conducted
head the team composed of two community coordinators and several volunteers
coordinate with agencies related to the consummation of the project
develop and comprehensive livelihood and marketing plan for the Dumagats
develop an advocacy plan for the Dumagat’s protection of their land and forest, livelihood and culture.

Training on Mediation

Conflict Mapping Training with David Fairman
Associate Director, MIT –Harvard Public Disputes Program
5-7 May 2005, Manila
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace

Training of Trainers on Community Mediation
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace
18-22 April 2006, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace

Professional Experiences

Deputy National Program Manager
Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services
National Community Driven Development Program
February 2017 –September 30, 2018

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), along with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). It started in 2003.
Kalahi-CIDSS employs the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, a development approach that seeks to combat poverty and improve local governance by strengthening the capacity of citizens to identify and implement local solutions to poverty issues. In essence, CDD puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.
Responsible for the following:
Preside over regular meetings of the division, and if needed, with individual work teams, for action planning, updating of status of implementation of RPMOs, implementation review and assessment, tactic sessions for problem resolutions, and evaluation to identify lessons and best practices operations management.
Review consistency of Division and Monitoring and Technical Assistance Cluster (MaTA) work and implementation plans, with NCDDP standards, and milestones and targets set by the NPMO.
Translate policies, standards, and directives into operational objectives, targets, and activities for implementation by division work teams.
Coordinate with the Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) in the identification of capability building needs, and delivery/implementation of capability building and training interventions for Division staff.
Provide policy recommendations to the RPM to address strategic program implementation management needs of RPMOs.
Prepare operations monitoring plan in consultation with other Monitoring and Technical Assistance (MaTA) cluster coordinators, and monitor implementation of NCDDP implementation in the region through report review, field visits and spot checks.
Facilitates summary of best practices in regional NCDDP operations.

Island Cluster Manager for Visayas
(Monitoring and Technical Assistance)
Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services
(Kalahi-CIDSS), DSWD
June 2011 – January 2017
Responsible for the following:
a. Conduct periodic progress review of regional implementation and assess compliance against (i) set targets, and; (ii) Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) process standards.
b. Identify gaps in regional implementation, and identify and assess existing, emergent, and potential risks resulting from implementation gaps.
c. Propose appropriate mitigation measures to address risks identified, through policy papers outlining recommendations for management review and approval.
d. Prepare and implement technical assistance plans to (i) support regular regional implementation, and; (ii) operationalize mitigation measures to address current, emerging, and potential risks.
e. Coordinate with other National Project Management Office (NPMO) units providing Technical Assistance (TA) to Regional PMOs to ensure consistency with process standards.
f. Assess effectiveness regional TA provision to Area Coordinating Teams (ACT).
g. Present, process, and clarify NPMO policy issuances and guidelines with the RPMOs.
h. Monitor RPMO compliance to NPMO policy issuances and directives.
i. Facilitate resolution of regional concerns related to social mobilization requiring NPMO interventions.
j. Coordinate with NPMO unit heads on regional concerns needing respective unit interventions, and facilitate resolution of operations concerns including administrative, finance and other concerns of the Field Offices.

Project Officer, Payatas Program
September 2005 – August 31, 2007

Managed the Foundation’s Program in Barangay Payatas and Barangay Bagong Silangan in developing and implementing a home and livelihood placement program that will enable current residents in the dumpsite danger zone to access and acquire opportunities for employment, housing and entrepreneurship such that voluntary relocation is possible and desirable.

Responsible for the following:
a) Establishing CCMF presence in the Madrigal property in the Payatas and Bagong Silangan barangays of Quezon City, particularly:
Overseeing the organic farming and alternative herbal medicine training programs to be undertaken.
Overseeing monthly events
Working with other NGOs, technical consultants, and liaising with community stakeholders, the two barangays Payatas and Bagong Silangan, Payatas Operations Group (POG), City Urban Poor Affairs Office (UPAO) and others.
Together with the Executive Director, work towards a Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation TRAINING CENTER FOR LIFE, LIVELIHOOD, AND CO-LIVING specifically
Undertake the necessary research and feasibility studies to find out how such a training center can see fruition especially with regards to: over-all concept, physical arrangements and plans, permits, right of way, legalities; utilities; and personnel & curriculum.

City Consultant, MDG Localization
January 2006 – December 2006

Coordinated the localization of Millennium Development Goals in the City, primarily in its Pilot Barangay (Brgy Labney)

Assisted in the following:
a) Creation of Task Force Labney composed of different Departments and the Mayor as the Chair.;
b) Facilitation of the task force’s planning, meetings and activities to fully implement the localization of MDGs in Brgy Labney
c) Resource mobilization in promoting MDGs within the City and all its Barangays
d) Design and conduct of MDG workshop for all Barangay Chairmen of Science City of Muñoz.

National Consultant, MDG Localization Focal Person
January 2004 – August 2005

Coordinated the localization of Millennium Development Goals in 12 Pilot cities in the Philippines. The objective of the localization is primarily to mainstream the MDGs in each pilot city development and investment plans.

Assisted in providing the following:
a) MDG piloting framework that looked into the MDG and targets as general guides but focusing into the local context and sets of indicators of achieving the goal;
b) Procedures and processes in drawing out a maximum participation from all the stakeholders, maximizing all the existing political and social structures to promote the MDGs and solicit effective involvement of all;
c) Advocacy and communication plans to ensure the information/data are all coming from the ground and regularly being validated, and effective involvement of the city legislative branch in ensuring policy support for the sustainable implementation of MDG responsive programs
d) Comprehensive capability building activities such as Strategic Programming sessions for Local Officials and Department Heads; Write-shops for communication plans; Workshops for tools on monitoring and evaluation; Documentation Workshop to come up with a per city localization experience toolkits; Rights Based and Gender Mainstreaming Workshops; and the Social Artistry and Innovative Leadership.
e) Knowledge product development for the localization up-scaling and coaching. These knowledge products such as the localization toolkits based on the experienced of each pilot city will be utilized in expending the localization efforts to neighboring municipalities and cities.

Secure Tenure Coordinator
2002 – 2003
National Facilitator
2003 – August 2005

Coordinated and facilitated activities of this network of different stakeholders (National Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, and Business/Private Sector) in urban development that served as a mechanism for sharing and exchanges of best practices and concretization of the National Urban Development Housing Framework.

The forum is also the platform for the Good urban Governance and Secure Tenure Campaign (GUG-ST) the gave birth to the document called “BAHANGGUNIHANAN” or the National Action Agenda for Good Urban Governance and Secure Tenure which is now being observe in different GUG-ST Cities

Community Organizing Trainer
1995 – 2002

An institution aimed to create a critical mass of community organizers and community leaders through training partnerships on the ground.

Trained community organizers for partner NGOs using the issue based community-organizing orientation through experiential/dialogical methods of learning, so that communities are empowered for socio-economic development actions and advocacies.

March 1994 - Sept 1994

A national network of non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations and church groups working for social equity, sustainable development, and the environment.

Assisted the implementation of environmental awareness building and advocacy campaigns.

Conducted Community- Based Waste Management trainings for Urban Poor and middle class Communities.

Head, Coalition Building Program

A coalition of 11 National Federations of Farmers, Fishers, Peasant Women. Farm Workers, and Indigenous Filipinos with different political ideologies advocating for a common cause – Land to the Tiller.
Headed the program in gathering information and data regarding the issues confronting the peasant sector.

Facilitated the program’s strategizing and tacticizing sessions in assistance to CPAR’s National Consultative Council (NCC) in developing peasant issues into campaigns.
Coordinated the implementation of campaigns, such as mass mobilizations, symposia, forum, dialogues, negotiations, electoral participation, and others
Assisted and facilitated the CPAR’s Fisher Committee in its advocacy for the closing of Manila Bay and other major bays in the Philippines for commercial, big fishing vessel and banning of active and destructive fishing gears.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Sociology
2017 – December 10, 2019
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Science in Architecture
1984 – 1988 (did not graduate)
Baguio Colleges Foundation
Baguio City, Philippines

Project Planning Development and Management
Certificate Course
Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Makati, Philippines

Gender Sensitivity Training
August 1992, Ateneo de Manila University

Principled Negotiation Skills Training
May 1993, Quezon City

Coalition Building Training
September 1993, Quezon City

Principles of Environmental Enforcement
February 1998, La Union, Philippines
US Environmental Protection Agency / DENR

Technology of Participation Training
June 1998, Malolos, Bulacan
GOLD Project

Training on Basic Site Engineering for Social Development Workers
May 1999, Mapua Institute of Technology

Technical Training on Social Housing
July 1999, Mapua Institute of Technology

Training Workshop on Cooperative Housing
September 2001, Bacolod City
Coop Housing Foundation / NHA

TUGI Report Cards Implementer’s Training in the Phil.
March 2003, Antipolo, Rizal

Disaster Rapid Response and Assessment Training
18-20 October 2010, Lake Island Resort, Binangonan, Rizal
Christian AID Philippines

Psychosocial Support Services for Disaster Survivors Training
28-30 April 2011, Lake Island Resort, Binangonan, Rizal
Christian AID Philippines

Project Management Training for Managers and Staff of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS
11-16 March and 23-28 April 2012, Quest Hotel, Cebu City
Kenneth Smith, PMP and Social Development Solutions (SDS)

Training on Managing Complex Crisis and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM)
1-2 December 2014, Tagaytay Haven Hotel, Tagaytay City

Training on Water Supply Operations and Climate Resiliency
October 28-30, 2015
Hotel Lorenza, Tacloban City

Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements
May 1998, UC Berkeley, California, USA

Urban Participatory Governance Workshop
September 2001, Taiping, Malaysia

Good Governance and the Informal Economy
December 2003, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sub-Regional Workshop on “Better Services
and More Jobs”
March 2004, Bangkok, Thailand

Training of Trainers Workshop on Local Government
and NGO/CBO Collaboration on Participatory Planning
May 19-23, 2005, Suwon City, South Korea


Consensus-Building Training Program Coordinator
Fish Right Program, USAid
January 10 2020 – September 30, 2020

The Consensus-Building Training Program Coordinator shall lead the conduct of the training of trainers and practitioners on facilitation, conflict management and consensus-building. He shall provide assistance in the development of training materials tailored to BFAR and LGU roles in building consensus among stakeholders on harvest control measures applicable to the appropriate fisheries management scale. He shall also be available for strategic mentoring of trainers, and BFAR and LGU trainees/practitioners.

Specifically, the Consensus-Building Training Program Coordinator, in coordination with the Lead for Institutional Development Strategic Approach (SA2) and the Consensus-Building Training Program Developer, shall:

Training design for facilitation, conflict management and consensus-building (co- developed with the Consensus-Building Training Program Developer); 

Training reports, including key insights on the training of mentors and training of practitioners based on feedback from participants; 

Activity reports from attendance of selected strategic BFAR and LGU meetings/ workshops/ consultations to observe trainees practice their acquired skills, and provide feedback/mentoring to trainee/practitioners. 

Recommendations for further skills enhancement trainers and practitioners based on the mentoring process

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies, Inc.
October 16 2010 – June 15, 2011

PHILSSA envisions itself as a partnership network and resource center of social development experts and practitioners committed to advocate and work toward a gender-sensitive, transformative and sustainable urbanization with preference for marginalized individuals and poor communities. One of the programs implemented by the network is the preparedness and mitigation of the effects of calamities/disasters. Due to the incident of Typhoon KETSANA (Ondoy), PHILSSA is now conducting a calamity preparedness project along the Waterways system of Laguna Bay, Manila bay, at Pasig-Marikina-Paranaque River System.

Responsible for the following:
a) Building a constituency of organized community formations and support/ stakeholders group to take on DRR, flood control and resettlement/ upgrading (of communities in danger areas) in the Greater Manila Region, Laguna and Rizal;
Lead in the gathering of data needed for the DRR research and the subsequent consolidation, analysis, recommendations and drawing up a research document to be used in coming up with a DRR agenda.
Facilitate the development of a common agenda for DRR, flood control and resettlement/ community upgrading based on relevant researches, studies, consultations and discussions;
Facilitate the engagement of the network with appropriate government agencies and officials to promote needed policies, programs and projects to address DRR, flood control and resettlement/ community upgrading in the Greater Manila Region;


April 2016 – Present

The Gaia Exploration Club (GEC) is a Philippine non-government organization devoted to the exploration, study, and conservation of the environment. Since 1996, for over 20 years now, GEC has brought together individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and skills, united by a shared passion for probing uncharted regions, expanding knowledge of these fragile environments and ultimately advocating for their conservation.