Gemma Bautista Sumague

Gemma is the current ESSA Program Coordinator. She developed herself and skills through the challenges and experiences in her various fields of profession. She worked at the Smart Agriculture Program(SAP) of Lifebank Foundation that focused on holistic and sustainable agricultural value chain and functioned as the Office Manager, Finance and Administration.  She co-founded SEA, Inc. and later became the Program Coordinator. She also has extensive experience in retail operations as a Department Manager and was awarded Star Employee in the year 2004. As a social worker with a passion for developing sustainable communities, she was awarded for her exemplary leadership in Community Extension Service (1996). As a nurse, she is also a health advocate and volunteer in schools,  promoting educational institution and community health.

She graduated Cum laude in her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSSW) and is a recipient of several awards as one of the outstanding students of Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. She holds multiple professional eligibilities under Philippine Professional Commission and earned units in Master of Arts, Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor of Laws and Diploma in Teaching.

Lorela Locsin

Lorela is the current Senior Researcher of ESSA. She has experience as a Community Organizer for a Non-Government Organization, Technical Staff in the Office of the Liga Ng Mga Barangay in Bacolod City, Finance Analyst in DSWD KALAHI CIDSS Project, and as Administrative Staff in private companies. She’s a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Laws at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos respectively.

Enrique Canizares III

Enrique is the Mindanao based Researcher of ESSA. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the West Visayas State University. He is currently the Executive Director of Bayaw-ANI Inc., a loose network of social entrepreneurs based in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. He is also the Co-Founder of Dawani Café that engage in vegetarian and organic food production. He used to be a Movement and Games Teacher at Gamot Cogon Waldorf School, a Rudolf Steiner based educational system in Brgy. Liboncogon, Zarraga, Iloilo.

Mary Claire Artiaga

Mary Claire is currently the Website Administration Officer of ESSA. She took Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Iloilo Science and Technology University.

Jagat Rubio

Jagat is a communications designer and works in fields of branding, print, advertising, web and app design for international and local clients.

He co–founded the “communicate your cause”  design team  Projek Samadhi helping clients involved in social transformation with their branding and communication design. Presently he is the President of ArtCebu, promoting Cebu art to the world through education, appreciation, and participation. He was UI/UX head designer for GoodApps, Inc. , a company that creates and develops innovative cashless payment systems in the Philippines.

Jagat, as he wants to be called by his Sankrt name, is a practicing yogi, bikes to work, and a member of the Cebu Farmers Market Movement.

Jo Haresh Tanodra

Haresh is a photo-journalist and contributes to international press agencies AFP, Reuters, EPA and to all major national papers in the country.

He was part of the Malacañang Press during the Ramos presidency and has covered significant events in the country since the last decade of the century – the EDSA revolution, Ampatuan massacre and recently the Boracay closure and redevelopment.