Executive Director of the Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights, an NGO focused on children in need of special protection (CNSP), children-at-risk, specifically adolescent street girls and abused girls; and on organizing of children/youth organizations among marginalized urban poor barangays in Davao City.

Board of Trustees member of the LUNA Legal Resource Center for Women and Children in Davao City

Vice-President for Mindanao of the Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace Inc. (MedNet) and as such, conducts trainings on Empowering Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for local mediators, people’s organizations and local NGOs/CSO’s/CBO’s in Bukidnon, North Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao; also provides mentoring support to local IP mediators in Bukidnon.

NGO representative to the Davao City Council for the Protection of Children (DCCPC) and the Regional Advisory Committee composed of different government line agencies and NGOs in Region XI

Mindanao NGO representative to the Strategic Planning Workshop of the National Sub-Committee on the Welfare of Children in Street Situations

Experience on Mediation

Facilitated the Mentoring/Coaching of Local Mediators in Muslim Mindanao, August 2019, Iligan City, Mindanao

Training on Mediation

Webinar series on how to be a Para-legal for Children’s Rights: Protocols in Handling Children at Risk & Children in Conflict with the Law, May 2020, Child Rights Network

Mental Health & PsychoSocial Support: Webinar series on Child Protection in COVID-19 Pandemic, May 2020

Webinar on: Psychological First Aid in the Covid19 Outbreak Response, May 2020

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): Webinar for Frontline Protection Workers, May 2020, UNICEF/DSWD

KeepingEmSafe: Safeguarding Children Against Online Threats with PH’s Tech Giants, May 2020, Plan International

Positive Peace, January 2020, Davao City

Facilitators Training on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Enabling Laws on Child Protection, January 2020, Davao City

Training on Trauma-Informed Care for Social Workers handling Human Trafficking Cases, Oct. 2019, Davao City (given by the International Justice Mission)

Mid-Term Review & Evaluation of Davao City Local Development & Investment Plan for Children by the Local Council For the Protection of Children, June 13-14, 2019, Davao City

Strategic Planning Workshop of the National Sub-Committee on the Protection and Welfare of Children in Street Situations, funded by ASMAE (France), March 26-29, 2019 in Quezon City, Philippines

Proposal Writing Learning Event, funded by USAID, Le Charme Suites, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Central Luzon, Philippines, November 19-20, 2018

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction & Management, funded by the Office of Civil Defense, Davao City, Philippines, Sept.5-7, 2018

Kaizen Continuous Improvement training, Monrovia, California, USA (funded bby World Vision International), September 27-30, 2016)

Risk-Based Auditing, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Global Internal Audit Team, World Vision, 2012)

Trauma Healing & Reconciliation (May 2008 Mindanao Peace-Building Institute, Davao City)

Training on Operations Evaluation & Risk Assessment of Development Programs (Oct 2006 in California, USA and Dec 2006 in Lilongwe, Malawi)

Practical Market Research for Behavior Change Communication (October 2005)

Media Management Training (October 2005)

Municipal Code Revision (Panabo, New Corella of Davao Norte & Monkayo of Compostela Valley)

Contraceptive Self-Reliance Strategies for Local Government Units (April 2005)

Health Financing and Budgeting for Local Government Units (2004 & 2005)

Appreciative Community Mobilization and Grassroots Advocacy (Save the Children Federation, July 2005)

Peace-Building Course: Religion as Source of Conflict & Resource for Peace, Catholic Relief Services (June 2003 Mindanao Peace-Building Institute)

Seminar on Do No Harm Principles: How Aid Can Support Peace-or War (2003) – Davao City, sponsored by German Development Service (DED)

Management Course for Sustainable Integrated Area Development, Resource Center for Empowerment & Devt & Balay-Mindanaw Group of NGOs, October 2002 (originally Institutional Devt-Organizational Strengthening Course of Bilance)

Successor Generation for Development Program Managers, CODE-NGO Philippines 2001

Program for Development Managers, Asian Institute of Management (AIM), With Superior Performance Award 1999

Philippine-Canada Environment & Economic Management Study Tour in Canada, CIDA September 1999

Strategic Partners Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored by ACHAN (Asian Community Health Action Network), January 1999

Building & Sustaining Reproductive Health Services, UNFPA, Sta.Cruz, California (October-November 1998)

Professional Experiences

Was contracted to develop the Institutional Monitoring & Evaluation Framework of the Non-Violent Peace Force (INGO) that has been actively promoting Unarmed Civilian Protection in BARMM (November 2019 to July 2020)

Was contracted to build the capability of the government offices in the entire Island Garden City of Samal in Results-Based Management as they prepare their executive-legislative agenda and three-year development plans and annual investment plans (January to July 2020)

Was contracted as Gender and Youth Specialist for the Baseline Study conducted by The Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI) with ACDI-VOCA for the Philippine Coffee Advancement and Farm Enterprise (PhilCAFE) Project funded by USDA

Was contracted as Gender-Based Violence Specialist for the Impact Assessment of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program conducted by the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) funded by the World Bank, October 2019

Was Subject Matter Specialist for the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao-Community Research for Unserved Barangays (PATHWAYS) in BARMM to refine research tools, March 2019 (through Orient Integrated Development Consultants, Inc.- OIDCI)

Conducted operations audit of World Vision National Offices (WVNOs) from 2006 to 2018 and gained competence in auditing programs of diverse nature: child protection, education & sponsorship, maternal & child health, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME) approach, Human Resources (personnel management), agriculture & livelihood, business continuity planning, data access and protection, and emergency response programs;
(WV National Offices’ audited by Luz include Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. As of January 2018, Luz had audited around 30 WV National Offices.)

Conducted risk-based integrated audit from 2012 to 2018 of World Vision Regional Office in Singapore and WV Funding Offices in UK, Germany and France

Worked with Save the Children and Management Sciences for Health from 2003 to 2006 as Regional Field Coordinator (for a Health Governance project funded by USAID) to partner with the Local Government Units of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, Mindanao in order to promote good governance for health as evidenced by increased budget allocation for FP commodities, TB drugs, Vitamin A capsules and premium-payment for indigents to the PhilHealth Insurance Corporation

As Regional coordinator, spearheaded the conduct of Participatory Health Budgeting Workshops in all 223 rural communities of Davao del Norte and 235 of Compostela Valley so as to ensure the formulation of 5-year Community Health Development Plans (2006-2010) that included budget allocations for anti-tuberculosis drugs, and Vit. A capsules and the payment of premium to enroll the poor into the government’s national health insurance program.

Has extensive experience in the management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various projects in the area of: community health, child sponsorship, CHILD-to-Child, child protection, community organizing & community development, gender-sensitive participatory action research & planning, including capability-building programs for different sectors including grassroots organizations, government health personnel and INGOs.

Was engaged as team member of an evaluating team tasked with assessing the current Community Organizing for Volunteer Health Workers Manual funded by the UNFPA

Was team leader of a Grounded Theory research on the impact of the Philippines’ Local Government Code on people’s organizations in the rural countryside (funded by CIDA)

Spearheaded the first evaluation & organizational reengineering of its own NGDO (Institute of Primary Health Care) through participatory evaluation tools and the Futures Thinking approach (2002)

Was engaged as lone evaluator of various community development programs:
10-year Child Sponsorship & Community Development Program in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, Mindanao, Philippines (2002)
Capability-Building of Farmers Cooperatives in South Cotabato by the Coalition of Social Service Organizations funded by the Lutheran World Relief-USA (2002)
5-year Child Sponsorship & Community Development Program in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Mindanao (2002) funded by ChildFund-Japan
5-Year Participatory Comprehensive Health Administration Program of JICA in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (2004)

Conducted capacity-building on results-based Monitoring and Evaluation for a grant project funded by JICA for government health personnel from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in 2011.

Engaged in the development and implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) approach for municipalities in Regions XI and XIII of Mindanao in 1996 till 2002 with funding support from the Asian Health Institute of Japan, Child Fund-Japan, Asian Forum of Japan, PhilGerFund and Lutheran World Relief

Has written two training manuals on Community Organizing through Participatory Action Research (basic manual and advance modules) which have been adopted by other NGOs in the Davao region and even in Indonesia as their guide in community organizing

Was engaged as program coordinator and main trainer/resource person on Community Organizing through Participatory Action Research for an international training program known as the Canada-Asia Partnership Program that ran from 1991 to 1996 in Thailand, Canada and the Philippines

Was engaged as co-facilitator in Self-Transformation Seminars supported by the Theosophical Society in the Philippines (handled topics such as: Assertive Communication, Happiness and Unhappiness, etc).

Educational Background

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-California), October 2017

Certificate in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-California), May 2017

Master in Participatory Development, Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City (1996), Philippines

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines (1979)


Served as Resource Person/Facilitator in the conduct of a Webinar on Proposal Development among NGOs and LGUs in Maguindanao, BARMM, April to June 2020

Served as Resource Person/Facilitator on Conflict Diagnosis and Non-Violent Communication (Course 1 of a series of courses on Empowering Dispute-Resolution Processes), January 2020 (funded by Misereor)

Served as Resource Person on Organizational Development for Caritas-Borongan, Inc., November 28-28, 2019, Tacloban City

Facilitated the Theory of Change Workshop for the Non-Violent Peace Force (INGO), December 9-11, 2019, Cotabato City

Facilitated the Annual Development Planning workshop of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children of several barangays in Davao City, September 9-10 and 18-19, 2019 (funded by the CSSDO and the barangays themselves)

Facilitated the Learning Session on the Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Barangays and Civil Society Organizations in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Sept.3-4, 2019, City of Marawi, Mindanao

Participated in successive consultations on the Amendments to the Davao City Children’s Welfare Code, July to September 2019, Davao City

Was main facilitator in the Strategic Planning Workshop among the Board of Directors of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao Chapter, April 2019

Was facilitator in the two batches of Advance Training on Empowering Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (first batch with the Internally Displaced Peoples from Marawi City and its neighboring municipalities in January 2019 and second batch with the barangay leaders and religious leaders of Tawi-Tawi last Feb 2019)

Was engaged as main resource person/facilitator in Advocacy Planning for Internally Displaced Peoples from Marawi City and its neighboring municipalities for the purpose of countering/preventing violent extremism (Dec.2-5 and Dec. 9-15, 2018 with funding from Engage – USAID)

Served as main resource person on Peace Mediation among Indigenous Women (Manobo, Matigsalog, Talaandig, Higaonon) and tribal leaders from Lorega and Kitaotao, Bukidnon (funded by the Non-Violent Peace Force) last Dec. 2018

Was engaged as main facilitator in the Project Assessment of the ACCESS for Maternal and Newborn Health Project funded by WHO in November 2018

Served as main facilitator in a Basic Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Training for Indigenous People’s Organizations in Bukidnon, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme, September 23-24, 2018 and November 5-7, 2019

Served as facilitator in a Team-Building Workshop for the Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP) on June 7-9, 2018

Completed a Performance Audit of a Community-based Farmers Cooperative in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, Region XI, Mindanao from February to March 2018

Served as resource person on “Monitoring & Evaluating the Operations & Management of Strategic Regional Infrastructure in ARMM” (funded by JICA January 2012)

Served as facilitator in a Conflict Resolution Skills training with local government partners of the National Democratic Institute (July 2009)

Served as main resource person/facilitator during the Participatory Comprehensive Health Administration Course in Nagoya, Japan in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and as such, assisted the participants who were all from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in strengthening their team effectiveness and in the development of their plans towards the creation of alternative health programs adaptable to their unique Muslim context

Served as facilitator for ARMM’s Provincial Health Offices in their Project-Formulation process for JICA assistance in Feb 2005

Served as main resource person in an International Course held in Thailand on Community Organizing through Participatory Action Research to a group of Asian NGOs engaged in assisting their oversees workers (2001)

Participated in an international forum on community health in Pretoria, South Africa with funding support from Rockefeller Foundation in 2001

Served as presentor of Best Practices in Community Health Development to an international group in Thailand in 2001 sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation

Served as presentor of a paper on Community Participation in Health Development to an international group in Bellagio, Italy sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1999

Served as main resource person in a course on Community Organizing & People’s Participation to the government personnel of the Ministry of Women Division, Nepal sponsored by the Christian Child Welfare Association of Japan, May 1996

Served as main resource person/facilitator to an international group on the topic of community development sponsored by the Asian Health Institute (Nagoya, Japan) in 1986 (4 weeks), again in 1991 (one week) and in 2012 (10 days).