Victorino Aquitania

Regional Director

Aside from being chiefly responsible for the strategic development of ICLEI SEAS – including the development and implementation of ICLEI’s campaigns and programs in the region, partnership building, and resource mobilization – Vic has more than 28 years professional experience working with local governments on sustainable urban development, climate adaptation and mitigation, Local Agenda 21, waste management, as well as sustainable urban transport policies. During his career, he has been involved in more than 30 international projects, including several research activities.  He is a specialist in urban issues, policy, and institutional development. Has professional background on forestry, law, environmental management, and urban planning.

Ranell Martin Dedicatoria

Regional Program Manager

Ranell brings with him a decade of professional experience in development work, seven years of which focus on climate change and cities. In ICLEI, he serves as the organization’s deputy and is highly involved in project management and implementation as well as strategic partnerships and knowledge management. He has supported local governments in the Philippines in formulating local climate change action plans through the conduct of vulnerability assessments and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. He has led the conceptualization and implementation of regional conferences, trainings, and workshops aimed at increasing local governments’ capacities to respond to climate change. Prior to joining ICLEI, he worked on various projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and European Union.

Areas of Expertise: local climate action planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy analysis and institutional mapping, stakeholder engagement, participatory research, project management

Education:

  • BSc Development Communication major in Science Communication (University of the Philippines Los Baños)
  • MSc Environmental Science (University of the Philippines Los Baños)

Zenaida Ranario-Tagolino

Finance and Administrative Officer

Zeny joined ICLEI in 2005 as the administrative and finance officer. Prior to working with ICLEI, she worked as an administrative assistant in a real estate company and a reservation officer in a travel agency for two and a half years. She has been trained in different areas including logistics preparation, financial reporting to funders for various projects, and administrative support in the organization’s operations.

Areas of Expertise: Administration and finance

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, formerly Divine Word College-Tagbilaran)

Joy Camille Baldo

Project Officer, Sustainability Management

Joy manages sustainability-related projects of ICLEI, particularly the ACCCRN Engagement Building Small Grants Projects and the Urban Nexus: Integrated Resources Management in the Philippines. She is also highly involved in packaging knowledge products for the organization, climate change manuals for the youth, women, and education practitioners, among others.

Val Bugnot

Communications Officer

Val is a development communication practitioner with a background in social forestry and community-based resource management. Prior to joining ICLEI, she has worked with various communities to help document their resiliency initiatives and stories- scaling these up to help influence local policies and development frameworks.

Joining ICLEI SEAS in 2016, Val is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies aimed to expand the organization’s clout, reach, and engagement in the region. She also manages external campaigns including ICLEI SEAS’ official website, social media handles, newsletter, and other collaterals.

Areas of Expertise: strategic communication, popularization, social media strategies, copywriting, community organizing and development

Education:

  • Master of Community Development (ongoing) (University of the Philippines- Diliman)
  • BS Development Communication major in Development Journalism (University of the Philippines - Los Baños)

Pamela Cabacungan

Project Officer- Mitigation

Pam handles the conceptualization and implementation of climate change mitigation projects. She also supports LGs in the region in utilizing the carbonn Climate Registry, a global reporting platform for local climate actions being managed by ICLEI.

Jose Bernardo Gochoco III

Project Officer- Adaptation

BJ has been working with local governments in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management through various development assistance projects funded by international organizations. Most notable is his work in Guiuan, Eastern Samar where he assisted in the formulation of their recovery and rehabilitation plan and Ecological profile after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the municipality.

In ICLEI, BJ oversees the implementation and monitoring of various climate change adaptation and mitigation projects of the organization. He performs the technical aspects of providing capacity building activities to local governments units.

Areas of Expertise: Urban planning, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, disaster risk reduction and management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), area profiling, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Vulnerability & Risk Assessments

Education:

  • Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (University of the Philippines - Diliman)
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics (University of the Philippines - Diliman)

Marvin Lagonera

Project Officer, Climate Change Mitigation

Marvin has been handling the organization’s climate change mitigation portfolio focusing on low carbon development and sustainable energy. He is also the country liaison officer for the Philippines for the “Ambitious City Promises: Commitments for Low-Carbon Urban Development in Southeast Asian Large Cities”, a regional project which aims to support large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to establish ambitious local climate action plans. Marvin has facilitated various capacity trainings on low carbon tools for cities such as the GreenClimateCities (GCC) and ClearPath, and has worked on various project development and research consultancies including the development of the Philippines’ Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy and the UNDP Global Environmental Facility (GEF-6) Proposal on Sustainable Cities in the Philippines. He is part of the global network of energy experts at the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC), providing technical assistance on energy efficiency. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Marvin holds a Master's degree in Political Science major in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University and a bachelor's degree in Economics (Honors Program) and Political Science with minor in management from the same university. He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He was also a recipient of the Joint Masters Research Program of the
ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Energy Science in Japan.

Areas of Expertise: Climate and energy policy, low emission resilient development, economic research on climate change

Education:

  • BA in Political Science and Economics-Honors (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
  • MA in Political Science major in Global Politics (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

Ricardo Marfiga, Jr.

Project Officer, Membership, Governance, Partnerships, and Special Projects

Ric oversees ICLEI SEAS’ membership and governance operation, recruitment, communication and services to local governments in the region. Further, he handles partnerships with various organizations including the implementation of projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable development agenda. He also serves as the coordinator for local and international activities, assists in carrying out of projects in the region, and attends relevant workshops and meetings. Prior to his work in ICLEI, Ric is part of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) of the Quezon City Government as an Industrial Inspector which conducts the inspection to all establishments within the jurisdiction of the City for its environmental compliance and attends to pollution (land, air water, noise) complaints. He also served as a Planning and Research Assistant who evaluates project proposals from different organizations/institutions/business to be implemented in the City.

Areas of Expertise: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, DRR, GHG

Education:  BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (University of San Carlos, Cebu City)

Jennifer Maducdoc

Accounting Assistant

Jeng underwent systematic training and mentoring on financial and administrative management training organized by her previous organizations, partner NGOs, and funding partners. At ICLEI, Jeng supports the Administrative and Finance Officer in all financial matters of the organization.

Edu Virata

Administrative Assistant

Indonesia Office

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Selamet Daroyni

Project Officer, Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network

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Nisa Nidasari

Project Officer, Urban Nexus