Council

Nicanor Perlas

Nicanor Perlas pursued his undergraduate studies at the College of Agriculture in Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. With the highest honors, he graduated Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, major in Agronomy and minor in Agricultural Economics in the said educational institution in 1972. He would then seek to pursue his master’s studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, but would soon be forced to abandon his studies after being involved in the opposition of the Bataan nuclear power plant under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.

Nicanor Perlas sits as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees/Corporation of LifeBank, a microfinancial institution and rural bank in the Philippines.

Perlas has written over 500 articles, editorials, monographs and books on a range of topics including globalizationsocial threefolding, conscious evolution, civil societymultiple intelligence, creativity, cultural power, philosophy of science and biology, technological singularitysustainable agricultureappreciative inquiryneurophysiology and consciousnessanthroposophy, good governance, new politics, associative economics, and the integration of inner change and large-scale societal transformation.

Digna Ruth Daliva

Board Member Visayas Cluster

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.

Venancio Tornilo Garde Jr.

Board Member Luzon Cluster

Venancio graduated from Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology Gabaldon Campus, Gabaldon Nueva Ecija where he was able to obtain his Diploma in Agricultural Technology.

His work Experience includes being a volunteer Catechist in San Pablo Apostle Parish in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, SK Chairman in their Barangay and Community Organizer in GBP (Gabay sa Bagong Pag-asa. He was also once a Farmer Leader Oganizer of SAFRUDI, Technical Staff of MASIPAG, National Coordinator of PABINHI PILIPINAS, Organic livestock Consultant of Guingona farm tarlac tarlac, SRI-Season Long Trainor of AGREA-Foundation and National Trainor of the Organic Field Support program of the Department of Agriculture

 At Present, Garde is the Sustainable Agriculture Cansultant, Senior Technical Associate, Project Coordinator and Trainer of PRRM/SRI-Pilipinas. He is also currently a Swine Raising Consultant in Quirino Provincial Agriculture Office, SRI-Trainor and Consultant in ORAS-NA/people’s organization LGU-Aringay La-union.

Christopher Enate

Board Member SRI Sector – National Representative

Christopher is a graduate of Industrial Electronics Technology, and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Robinson Enate. He was a former Brgy. Official for 5 years and was an organic awardee in Dao, Capiz then. Currently, Christopher is a member of the BOD of DAO SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION FARMER ASSOCIATION as well as the President of SYSRICE ALLIANCE in region XI. At the same time, he is also the auditor of DAO’s municipal agriculture and fishery’s council, BOD of Nasunogan Farmers Association Dao Capiz, chairman of committee in organic farming in Dao as well a Rice breeder and practitioner of Indigenous Knowledge System.

Adelino Rico

ESSA Council – Mindanao Cluster

Adelino is the Municipal Agriculturist of Municipality of Kauswagan. He was employed for the said municipality for 26 years. He is an Advocate and practitioner of Biodynamic and Organic Farming. Member of the different organizations among them are League of Municipal and Cities Association of the Philippines and Philippine Agriculturist Association.

Dr. Blesilda Calub

ESSA Council – Academe Sector

Dr. Blesilda M. Calub, a University Researcher, is the Organic Agriculture Program Leader and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Organic Agriculture at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Dr. Calub leads projects and studies towards science-based and people-oriented sustainable organic agriculture, agroforestry and soil-water conservation through research, training, teaching, online course development and coordination, information materials production, community organizing, public service, and technical support to various national and international agricultural development and capacity building institutions.

Jenalyn Entoy

ESSA Council – Business Sector

Jenalyn was born in Ki-belen, San Rafael, San Pascual, Masbate and currently residing at Candabong, Binlod, Argao, Cebu. She is the founder and chairperson of Pestales Agriculture Cooperative. She also founded the Everlasting Jaera Organization Inc. and Secretary of Argao Municipal Development Council for year 2018-2019. She devotes herself to helping the less fortunate, teaching good values and empowering members of the cooperative. Her dream is to have an Eco-village where everyone could live freely and sustainably. 

Rommel Arnado

LOAMCPh Sector – National Representative

Hon. Rommel C. Arnado, Municipal Mayor-Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte and President – League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities and Province of the Philippines. Studied Bachelor of Arts in Economics Studied 1973-1975 Loyola Heights Ateneo de Manila, Graduated Bachelor of Arts in English Velez College Cebu City in 1978, Graduated Bachelor of Laws University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu City in 1983, Graduated Private Pilot Course at Lahug Cebu City in 1976, Graduated Commercial Pilot Course at Lahug Cebu City – CPL Number: 77C96 in 1977, Graduated Instrument Rating Course Domestic Airport at Pasay City. He is also a post graduate of Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with honors at Southwestern University year 2012-2013.

He is affiliated with the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities, and provinces   of the Philippines being the National President for successive two (2) terms. Concurrent Municipal Mayor of the Local Government Unit of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte since 2010 until present. Associated with IFOAM Asia and IFOAM International and one of the Board of Director and PIO of Northern Mindanao Education Council supported by SYNERGEIA, Inc. Also a Member of League of Municipalities of the Philippines and Member of the League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines. He is a Visionary Operations Executive with solid experience managing all levels of multiple projects including budgeting and administration. Committed and deadline-oriented in implementing the municipal programs and projects.

Henry Binahon

ESSA Council – Indigenous People Sector

Henry was born and live in Malaybalay City. A native of the Province Bukidnon, Mindanao. Worked before at DENR and NGOs. He runs his Binahon Agroforestry Farm, a Learning Site for Agriculture, a Farm School and the first farm tourism in Region 10.

Ricardo Navis

ESSA Council – Spiritual Sector

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.

Elias Romualdez

Elias Romualdez, 19 years old and recently graduated from a Steiner-Waldorf School. Being very passionate about Philosophy and Societal Transformation. He is not formally affiliated with any other organization except ESSA, but his part of a rich network of global and local movements, communities, initiatives and projects.

Joined the second batch of the Inner Conditioning Workshop. Having done an internship with SEA, Inc. whom at that time was still considered the mother organization of ESSA known then as Farm-Sci NASSA. He later was elected to the Council and representing the youth sector during a late appearance in the Organic 4.0 conference earlier this year.

Liecel Seville

ESSA Council – LGU Sector

Mayor Liecel M. Seville is an advocate of organic agriculture.

She was elected as the Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of New Lucena, Iloilo from 2007-2016, Became the Provincial Board Member for Province of Iloilo year 2016-2019 and Municipal Mayor from 2019 up to present. She is the Vice President of Smoke Free Cities Asia Pacific Network Philippines (SCAN) and Chairperson of the 2nd Integrated Area Development Alliance Inc. (IAD) 2007 to 2016 (an alliance of the 8 municipalities in the Second District of Iloilo).

Attended the Inner Conditioning Workshop at CBE, Angat Bulacan and currently one of the Council Member of ESSA representing the LGU Sector. 

Ma. Louriz Sabordo

ESSA Council – Health Sector

Ma. Louriz Sabordo is a graduate of is a graduate of BS Physical Therapist at Iloilo Doctors Hospital. She is the youngest child among the 3 siblings. She worked as a Medical Representative before studying Osteopathy. She also took her Doctorate for Manual Medicine.

Year 2017, she started to engage in holistic healing when she embraced anthroposophy through her patient and friend Dr. Tetchy Layson.

Joined the biodynamic farming, Inner Conditioning Workshop and Organic 4.0 National Conference there she was been elected as Council.