ESSA Council 2022 – 2024

Aeon Mapa

Council President & Farmer Sector Representative

Works at Lupa Farm, which he co-founded with his wife in 2022. A biodynamic, permaculture farm in Tanjay, Negros Oriental. Currently they are working on converting 30 hectares of former sugarland into sustainable farms consisting of native woodlands, orchards and vegetable gardens. At the same time, they are also developing systems for organic sugarcane production in order aid neighboring farmers to move away from conventional methods Aeon Mapa is a farmer & teacher who first encountered biodynamic farming at the age of 12 in the Waldorf school, of which he was a pioneer student. In his mid-twenties he returned to teach at his old school where he rekindled his love for gardening. Over the past 12 years he has practiced Biodynamic agriculture, sharing the methods with both youth and adult farmers. A strong advocate of soil health as the starting point for any farm and the health of any society, as well as the importance of spirituality in farming.

Digna Ruth Daliva

Visayas Cluster Representative

Digna is a graduate of BS in Busines Administration Major in Management and BS in Commerce Major in Accounting in the University of Nueva Caceres. She is also a post graduate of Master in Disaster Management in Central Bicol State University for Agriculture and Masters in Environmental Science in the University of Nueva Caceres. She also took a special course of International Course for Non-Government Organization and Social Change in International Institute for Rural Reconstruction last 2016. Daliva’s work experience includes being a Program Head in iRelief Foundation, Inc., Program Director: Junior Rangers Program – Experiential Environmental Education for Children

Program Director: Mangrove Rehabilitation in Center for Ecosystems & Protected Area Management, Inc. (CEPAM), Gardening Teacher in The Village Montessori School,Naga City, Philippines and Naga Montessori School Naga City, Philippines. She was once a Marketing and HR Manager in SP Deloraya Job Contracting and Consultancy Services, Inc., Operations Officer in Bicol Paglaom Alliance Foundation, Inc., Co-Producer and Marketing Director in Ika Asin An Ley Live TV Show, Marketing and Franchising Coordinator in BIGG’s, Inc., Associate in a Campaigns Advertising Agency and an Executive Assistant of Cam. Sur Tourism Council. She was also was once a Sales Services Assistant in Karahayan Enterprises, Franchise Coordinator in BIGG’s, Inc., and a College Teacher in WorldTech Resources Inc. At present, Daliva is the Chairperson of ESSA Council and the Value Chain & Extension Coordinator of Center for the Bayanihan Economics (CBE), Angat Bulacan.


Business Sector Representative

2015 – Organized and became a Chairperson of Pestales Agriculture Cooperative 2017 – Founded the Everlasting Jaera Organization Inc. 2018 – 2019 – Secretary of Argao Municipal Development Council Present – ESSA Council (Business Sector) – President of Cebu Organic-Natural Farmers and Fishermen Federation – Charperson Cebu Farmers Market Jenalyn A. Entoy is a founder and chairperson of Pestales Agriculture Cooperative. She left her job in Metro Manila and moved in Cebu together with her friends last December 2014 and organized young men and women to form a cooperative. She devout herself in helping the less fortunate people, teaching good values and empowering members of the cooperative. Her dream is to have an Eco-village where everyone could live freely and become sustainable. At her early age, she left her hometown together with her neighbor to pursue her dreams to finish studies and look for a greener pasture in Manila last 1995. She learned to work from one employer to another during daytime and go to school at night. Life is not that easy, she experienced living in the street for a couple of months until her brother found her and brought her home. She continued her studies and took up Hotel and Restaurant Management at Fatima University in Novaliches, Quezon City on 2005 but due to financial constraints she stopped and focus on her worked in a restaurant where she met friend who became her companion to visit different places in Bacolod and Cebu Year 2015, she was busy travelling from one place to another in different places in Cebu to promote her advocacy…. A healthy lifestyle and gathering people who wanted to change their way of living. She imparted her knowledge about spirituality and strengthening connections to our Almighty CREATOR and as well as to nature. She walks with her talk together with the members of the community, she promotes Organic Farming and all of the members of the Cooperative became vegetarian. Jane continues her advocacy and last March 2017, she attended a Mission Courage Workshop of Mr. Nicanor P. Perlas through Ms. Teresa Ruelas, founder of Cebu Farmers Market or CAFEI.

Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Seville

LGU Sector Representative

Municipal Mayor, Municipality of New Lucena, Iloilo. Farmer, Permaculturist, Organic Agriculture Practitioner and Advocate Trainings, Projects, Programs, and Awards 2011 – Advocate the Practice of Organic Agriculture in the Municipality of New Lucena – Established Municipal Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture, up to the present (2022) – Conducts monthly meetings to update the members and monitors the progress of the programs 2014 Under her leadership the Municipality of New Lucena was awarded as the TOP Performing Municipality in the regional level, and finalist in the National Level 2020-21 Implemented Organic Swine Raising Project – A Sustainable Livelihood Project – Native Pigs were distributed to all beneficiaries – Trainings were conducted on December 7-8, 2020 o Organic Concoctions o Care of Pigs and Production – Graduation: March 1, 2021 Trainings and Implemented: Initiated ICW trainings in new lucena for the teachers, employees and youth sector System of Rice Intensification Attendees: 15 participants. Date: August 2021 until Jan. 2022 Venue: Brgy. Cabugao, New Lucena, Iloilo Description: 1. Planting to harvest. 2. Preparation of Organic concoctions/inputs. Permaculture Design Course Training Attendees: 22 participants (20 farmers & 2 teachers in Agriculture) Venue: Brgy. Guinobatan, New Lucena, Iloilo Hands on demo farm design, water conservation techniques. Planning Workshop on Organic Cacao Production and Industry Attendees: 45 (Farmers, CSOs, LGU Employees, MTCOA members) Date: December 9 and 13, 2021 Venue: New Lucena Multi-purpose Hall.

Dom-an Macagne

IP Sector Representative

Dom-an Macagne is a community development worker volunteering her services under the Kasiyana Peace and Healing Initiatives. She belongs to the Kankana-ey speaking indigenous peoples of the Applai tribe in Sagada, Mountain Province, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at the Saint Louis University and pursued Masters of Science in Asian Health Practice at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Memorial Center, Inc in the Philippines after almost two decades in rural community work with non-government organizations. Her paper ‘Begnas: dance and tapestry of peace and healing,’ is an attempt to document a persisting community cultural ritual which she finds influential in sustaining traditional ecological practices and community harmony amidst rapid disintegration and transformations occurring in indigenous cultural communities. She has also worked on anti-poverty special projects with the Department of Agriculture and Department of Social Welfare and Development. She plays the bamboo nose flute as her contribution to cultural arts and to nourish her spiritual practices. She is currently engaged in local landscape history research. She currently coordinates a village-based project on organic agriculture as she also participates in re-shaping the local tourism sector.


Academe Sector Representative

Charles Centeno started working as a vocational school administrator in Mindanao. Charles started a school vegetable gardening project that is continued until now by some student boarders while supervised by the school maintenance staff. As the Deputy Chairman, for Mega-Visayas of a Farmer President’s political party. He started to implement vegetable gardening projects. It is continued by the members in the grassroots sector until now. He also started to work as an agricultural consultant in some farms of a national politician in Central Luzon. He also started small agricultural projects that are still continued by their farm workers until now. Here at the NCR, being the Chairman of some NGO’s associated with the present political administration, he also started a small backyard vegetable gardening projects continues to provide vegetables to poor families during the pandemic. He is also consistently elected as a Representative of the Ateneo Schools Council (ASPAC) and currently, the Chairman of the Students Affairs and Security Committee of the Ateneo Schools Council.

Atty. Rolly Pedrina

Spiritual Sector Representative

•DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM Antique Provincial Office Legal Division San Jose, Antique
•THE FLOCK OF THE DIVINE MERCY Diocese of San Jose de Antique Chapter Former Diocesan Coordinator/Parish Coordinator San Jose Parish, San Jose, Antique
•LAY ADORERS OF THE HOLY TRINITY Member San Jose, Antique Chapter
•HOLY TRINITY DIVINE HEALING MISSION MINISTRY Diocesan Servant Leader/National Elder San Jose Chapter San Jose, Antique (2003-Present)
•THE ANTIQUE OUTDOORS, INC. (Environmental Group) President San Jose, Antique
•ROTARY CLUB OF ANTIQUE Past President/Member San Jose, Antique
•SAN JOSE BUSINESS PARK BUSINESSMEN’S ASSOCIATION INC. Past President San Jose, Antique •ANTIQUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, INC. Past President/BOD Member San Jose, Antique •ECOSYSTEMS STAKEHOLDERS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE Antique Cluster Chairman on Education Member DIHON SA ‘RAYA WALDORF SCHOOL (ESSA Antique Cluster Initiative) One of the Founders and Executive Director

Elias Romualdez

Youth Sector Representative

Elias Romualdez (b. 2001) attended the Acacia Steiner-Waldorf School and grew up in a community that embodied a holistic approach to education which involved learning organic gardening and farming at a young age. Elias is currently working as a workshop facilitator for ESSA. His main area of knowledge is in Philosophy, but has a wide interest in many diciplines inlcuding Sustainable Agriculture. He is passionate about how systems thinking can be harnessed in shaping systems transformation. – grew up in a school that teaches through organic gardening – Has done immersions in multiple regenerative

Concula Nini Cazeñas

Health Sector Representative

•Graduate of Psychology
•Worked as a psychometrician, clinical psychologist, human resource management and development( HRMD), organization development(OD)
•developing systems for organic sugarcane production in order aid neighboring farmers to move away from conventional methods
•Passionate about community organizing and mental health advocacy, and also a member of a farmers organization

Ricardo Navis Jr.

Luzon Cluster Representative

Ricardo Navis Jr. started The Makabagong Gabay Sa Kalusugan (MGSK) Health Food Products. It was a micro – research project sometime in 1989 in Nueva Ecija.  MGSK is considered as the pioneer of health food processor in the Northern Luzon and the pioneer of Vegetable noodle and other soy bean products in the Philippines The Project had been featured in the major television stations and newspapers.

Presently, he is part of ASI- Adventist layman Services and Industries in 14 Countries as VP for Livelihood Training and Development Program, Vice President of PHILEXPORT Region 02, Vice President PHILEXPORT Nueva Vizcaya, Member of Dangerous Drug Board and ESSA Council.