Image-empty-state.png

RACHEL S. AQUINO "CHE"

VICE PRESIDENT / MANAGING TRUSTEE (MEDNET) / COLLEGE PROFESSOR

Skills / Expertise

Professional Experiences

1999 – Present Independent Consultant Provides consultancy services to various government agencies, non-government organizations, international organizations, private entities, and individuals on Monitoring and Evaluation, Philippine Studies, impact studies, development planning, program development, policy research, facilitation, workshop design, conflict resolution, conflict documentation and analysis, feasibility studies, and proposal preparation.

Current and Recent Contracts (2015-2020)

>April, 2019-October, 2019; January, 2020-February, 2020. Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist. The Asia Foundation, an international non-government organization.

>November, 2019-January, 2020. Module Development and Writer on Mediation. Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc.

>September, 2018-October, 2019. Consultant for the drafting of a Partnership Framework for DSWD’s Promotive and Protective Programs. Client: Asian Development Bank/Department of Social Welfare and Development.

>February 2018 - April 2018. External Evaluator for an end-of-project evaluation of Joint Action for Land Rights (JALR), a two-year EU-funded project on land rights and human rights. Client: People in Need, a Czech Non-Government Organization.

>September 2017 - November 2017. Gender Facilitator. Investing in Women, an Australian government initiative on women’s empowerment.

>April 2017 - October 2017. Country Programme Evaluator for Governance and Peace. UNDP Independent Evaluation Office.

>January 2017- July, 2017. Program Manager. UNDP-GEF-SGP/Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet), Inc.

>November 2014- February 28, 2016. Acting Executive Director, Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet)., Inc.

>July 15, 2014- March, 2016. Senior Short Term Expert for Alternative Dispute Resolution. National Commission on Indigenous Peoples - EU Philippines Justice for All Project

Former Contracts (2009-2014)

>June 2013- February 2015. Senior Short Term Expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Monitoring and Evaluation. EU-Philippines Justice for All (EPJUST2) Project, a 4-year project on enhancing access to justice.

>May 2013- December 2014. Assistant Lead Researcher, KAP Study on children associated with armed forces/armed groups. Managed a team of researchers from Luzon and Mindanao for a KAP study. Client: UNICEF-Philippines.

>November 2012- August 30, 2013. Lead Consultant. Peace and Conflict Analysis in Seven Local Government Units in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Lead two teams of researchers and three key experts in a qualitative peace and conflict research project. Client: UNICEF-Philippines.

>November, 2011 – December 2013. Resource Person on Mediation for Capacity-Building of Child Protection Councils. Client: Department of Justice-Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council.

>November 2011 – March 2012 (42 days). Lead Consultant, Peace Fund Forum with Partners and Stakeholders (a participatory evaluation). Peace Fund is a CIDA peace and development funding facility for Mindanao, southern Philippines. Tasked to lead a team of facilitators and documenters in an end-of-project participatory evaluation activity.

>May 15, 2011- December 2012. Module Writer and National Trainer for Local Peace and Order Councils, V2VPIPELOG, a joint project between the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Local Government Academy and an NGO network, PhilDHRRA.

>February 2012- July 2012. National Stocktaking Consultant, Institutionalizing Civil Society Monitoring and Assessment of Public Service Delivery to the Poor. A World Bank-funded M&E project. Client: De La Salle University Institute of Governance.

>June 1, 2011- August 30, 2011 (12 days). Co-Researcher. Evaluation of SHIELD’s Community Partnership Component. SHIELD is a primary health project implemented in ARMM funded by USAID. Tasked to consolidate and analyze quantitative and qualitative research data

>July 2010-March 2011 GAD Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant. Technical Assistance for Justice Sector Reform Project. An Asian-Development Bank funded initiative. Tasked to formulate a GAD M&E Framework, assist in the establishment of a stress management unit within the Philippine National Police for women and children’s desk officers, and monitor GAD Plans of the PNP and the Department of Justice. Client: Asian Development Bank

>November 2009-March 2010. Team Member, Preparatory Study on Basic Education Assistance for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – a 6-month contract on stakeholders analysis and lessons learned from donor assisted projects on basic education in Mindanao. Client: AusAID.

>March- October, 2009. Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant. Impact of Community-Driven Development Projects on Women’s Empowerment: A Pilot M&E Initiative – a 7-month contract on pilot-testing of indicators on women’s economic, political and social empowerment. Client: World Bank Social Development Program East Asia Region

>November 2008- August, 2009. Asst. Research Director. Land Tenure Conflicts Involving Moros in Central Mindanao – a research contract on five land tenure conflicts in Central Mindanao. Published in book form. Client: Local Governance Support Program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

>June 2008-June 2009. Barangay Governance and Planning Field Guide for ARMM Communities. A handbook on barangay development planning within the context of autonomy. Published under the auspices of the Local Governance Support Programme in ARMM.

>2009. Evaluation of the IDEALS Land Rights and Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Program, as requested by its principal donor-partner.


•April 15, ,2020-May 15, 2020. Managing Trustee, Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc (MedNet). Manage the day-to-day operations of the organization during the covid-19 crisis. Supervise seven staff members and coordinate with around 40 active members nationwide. Ensure the implementation of workplans. Report to the Executive Committee and donor agency.

•June 2004- 2015. Lecturer and Comprehensive Examinations Panel Member, EM/ES 262 (Environmental Negotiation and Communication), Department of Environmental Management, School of Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

•November 2006-August 2008
Local Justice Expert- Access to Justice for the Poor Project
A Project funded by the European Union on enhancing access to justice for women and children in 36 municipalities in five provinces in the Philippines.

Major Accomplishments: Conducted an institutional assessment of the Barangay (Village) Justice System, using community-based qualitative and quantitative indicators. Conducted Training Needs Analysis and designed a training program for village-level mediators. Established a network and coordination system of legal information officers and justice advocates. Developed IEC materials on the barangay justice system, and rights of women and children. Helped develop community-based quantitative and qualitative impact indicators for monitoring and evaluation of outcomes. Advised the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on capacity-building for the barangay justice system. Drafted a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the DILG on the establishment of a multistakeholder access to justice mechanism.

•April 2006- December 2006 OIC Executive Director
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet), Inc.
Provided overall managerial and program administration services to a network of conflict resolution practitioners in the Philippines. Managed the implementation of a three-year institutional project on “Developing Models on the Use of Mediation at the National and Local Level”. Managed the day-to-day operations of the Network’s Secretariat (12 persons located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), and oversaw network expansion.

•October 1994- September 1998 Assistant Programme Officer
September 1994- December 1999 Programme Officer
The Asia Foundation (TAF)
TAF is an American private organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA and operating in more than 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It is focused on legal reform, women’s political participation, economic reform and development, and regional human rights.
Monitored and helped evaluate a USAID-funded 20-grant democracy portfolio worth US$2.5M. Wrote technical papers, agreements, monitored and evaluated grants. Special focus on conflict resolution (training, project design and management); was part of the formation of a nascent mediation movement in the Philippines. Was part of a select subgroup that defined TAF’s women’s empowerment agenda. Represented the Philippines office in a ground-breaking, regional effort to establish a human rights mechanism in the South East Asian region. Obtained Japanese ODA support worth P1.5M for a project on coastal resource management.

1992- 1994 Project Officer

Evelio B. Javier Foundation (EBJF)
EBJF is an NGO focused on local governance and decentralization support.
Managed the conduct of regional consultation conferences (about 10 in all) for the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. Facilitated the conduct of training and team-building activities of LGU officials and CEOs of local government centers. Wrote project proposals, conducted feasibility studies and monitored a livelihood grant portfolio.

1999- 2000 Lecturer, Political Science (Government & Politics) University of the Philippines Extension Program, Clark Field, Pampanga

1989-1991 Personnel Officer/Writer
Farmers Assistance Board, Inc. (FAB)

FAB was an NGO servicing farmers in Central Luzon, Palawan, Rizal, and Eastern Visayas, Philippines.
Installed management information systems; provided technical and overall support to the Executive Director, wrote project proposals, instituted personnel and other office policies.

Other Positions/Outreach/Affiliations/Membership in Organizations:

•July 2017-Present. Secretary, Board of Trustees. Asia Pacific Peacebuilding Centre, a group of conflict resolution practitioners from Austrralia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

•July 2010 – 2012. Member- Supreme Court Sub Committee on Mediation of Environmental Cases. A group of advisers from the legal, academe, and NGO sectors on mediation of environmental cases filed before courts, tasked to develop a capacity-building program for court mediators.

•2005-2013. Philippines Representative – Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum, based in South Australia, a regional affiliate of the World Mediation Forum.
January 2005-Present. Crisis Management and Critical Incident Stress Debriefer (Volunteer) Provides stress debriefing and crisis management services to children, youth and adult victims of disasters (e.g. Infanta landslide and flooding, Wowowee stampede survivors)

•2004-2006. Director – Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation, Inc. An environmental civil society organization focused on monitoring water quality of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo City

•1999-Present. Vice President and Founding Member/Trustee – Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet), Inc. MedNet is a group of mediators and trainers on conflict resolution in the areas of environment, natural resources, land tenure, and community disputes with fifteen years of mediation and training track record in the Philippines.

Experience in Mediation

Other related experiences or Achievements:


Important Papers and Published Work:

2015. Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. A scoping study funded by the EU-GPH Justice for All Project.

2015. Study on Inter-Local Cooperation in the Preservation of the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (co-written with Atty. Marina Rabe-Manuel). A research project funded by the Local Government Academy of the Philippines.

2014. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on the Recruitment and Use of Children in MILF Communities. (co-written with Brenda Batistiana and Edwin Golosino). A research project funded by UNICEF-Philippines.

2013. Peace and Conflict Analysis in Seven Local Government Units of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. A research project funded by the UNICEF-Philippines.

2012. National Stocktaking Report on Civil Society Monitoring of Public Services. De La Salle University, Manila. July, 2012.

2011. Inventory of Capacity-Building Programs for Local Special Bodies in the Philippines. A stocktaking of training programs for local special bodies. Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas and Local Government Academy, Department of the Interior and Local Government.

2010. Preparatory Study on Basic Education Support for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. A stakeholders analysis and key development issues paper, funded by AusAid.

2009. Land Tenure Stories in Central Mindanao. A policy research project on land tenure conflicts involving the Moro in Central Mindanao, undertaken under the auspices of the Local Governance Support Program in ARMM/CIDA, published in book form.

2009. Barangay Governance and Planning Field Guide for ARMM Communities. A five-module field guide on development planning within the context of autonomy and Islamic governance. Published in book form under the auspices of the Local Governance Support Program in ARMM/CIDA.

2009. Evaluation Report on IDEALS Land Rights and Agrarian Reform and Rural Development Program.

2008. Towards a Citizen-Driven Justice System. An Institutional Assessment of the Barangay Justice System, presented at the International Research Forum, 2008, Philippines, and at the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum, Kuala Lumpur, June 2008. Local Government Academy, Department of the Interior and Local Government. Manila. 2008

2005. Building Peace: Best Mediation Practices in Filipino Communities (A Compendium of Nine Community Mediation Cases). Co-Written and co-edited with Brenda S. Batistiana and Rodolfo Ferdinand Quicho, Jr. Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc. R&R Printerscope. Manila. 2005.

2004. Trends and Challenges in Agrarian Conflicts in the Philippines. Co-written with Brenda Batistiana and Caroliza Peteros. (for publication in book form) Paper delivered at the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network Conference, Universite Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. January 2004.

2003. Education and Training on Empowering Dispute Resolution/Management Processes. Paper delivered at the International Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, July 1-4, 2003.

2003. Policy Review: Impact of Nonformal Education on Technical Vocational Education in the Philippines, Enhancing Income Generation Through Adult Education: A Comparative Study (Richard Bagnall, ed.). Asia South Pacific Bureau on Adult Education, Australian Academic Press, Brisbane. 2003

Volunteering Experience:

November-December 2013. Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, a community kitchen established at the height of the Yolanda supertyphoon. Helped gather donations and helped out in mobile kitchens organized by artists for victims of disasters and calamities.

January, 2005- March 2006. Oplan Damhin-Kapwa. Provided volunteer psychosocial services to survivors of calamities and disasters, such as the Infanta flooding and the Wowowee stampede.

Training & Education

June 2013-2021 - (dissertation) Ph.D. in Philippine Studies Tri-College Program, University of the Philippines | Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

March 2004 - Master in Public Administration
Major in Public Policy and Program Administration
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

1989 - BA Sociology
University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Philippines

September 20-22, 2017. Change Orientation. Consulting Team, Inc./Misereor.

October 15-17, 2013. Art of Hosting Conversations. Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

February 23-27, 2012. UN Women Learning Workshop on Asian Women’s Access to Justice and Legal Pluralism. A training and planning workshop for trainers and researchers. Bangkok, Thailand.

February 13-14, 2012. Conflictology, Conflict Resolution, Peace-Building and Non Violent Communication. A learning session with Brigitte Kehrer, Swiss diplomat, negotiator and mediator. Quezon City, Philippines.

2007-2010 Various Gender and Development training on the Rights-based framework, GAD M&E Framework on Empowerment, and M&E Performance Standards under the EU Access to Justice for the Poor project, World Bank Pilot Project on Gender M&E Indicators; and ADB Justice Sector Reform Project.

2007 Trainers Training on Stress and Crisis Management
Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, Camp Explore, Antipolo City

2004 Conflict Mapping. Consensus Building Institute of Massachusetts Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc. Manila
Decision-Making Under Risk and Uncertainty Conditions
(Probabilistic Theory), Dr. Paolo Ricci, University of San Francisco
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

2003 Advanced Training on Conflict Management, Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc., University Hotel, University of the Philippines
Conflict Management, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2001 Certified Social Service Designee
(Certified by the Social Work Professionals of Southern California, USA )

1998 Rural Development Management, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)