The Economy and Environment Group in the Philippines (EEG-Philippines) is a partner-member of the Economy and Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA Partnership). It was established in 2015 as part of the Resources and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (REAP). EEG-Philippines focuses on building capacity for transdisciplinary research and promoting regional collaboration in addressing global and local economic and environmental challenges.

VISIONLeader in capacity building and transdisciplinary research addressing global and local environmental challenges.
MISSIONTo promote partnerships in capacity building and transdiciplinary research towards conservation and protection of ecosystems through improved governance and management for the benefit of current and future generations.
  • Capacity Building: To enhance the capacity of Philippine researchers, educators, decision makers and managers to become effective partners towards sustainable development.
  • Research: To conduct transdisciplinary research that address economy and environment challenges in the Philippines.
  • Partnership: To engage researchers, educators, decision makers, managers and communities to generate concrete actions to help address poverty and environmental issues.

EEG-Philippines forms a group under the Resources and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (REAP). Hence, the officers of REAP provide administrative support and oversight on the activities of the EEG. EEG-Philippines is led by the officers listed below while an Advisory Group, composed of international and local experts of various disciplines, provide guidance and oversight.

National Director:Gem B. Castillo
Deputy Director:Alice Joan G. Ferrer
Regional Directors
  • Luzon: Canesio D. Predo
  • Visayas: Rodelio F. Subade
  • Mindanao: Asuncion B. De Guzman

Advisory Group

NameInstitutional Affiliation
Herminia A. Francisco, PhD.EEPSEA
Marian S. delos Angeles, PhD.REECS
Zenaida M. Sumalde, Ph.Dept of Economics, UPLB-CEM
Rodel D. Lasco, PhD.ICRAF/OML
Marlo D. Mendoza, M.S.UPLB-CFNR
Ben S. Malayang, PhD.Silliman University
Jose E. Padilla, PhD.UNDP
David James, PhD.Ecosystem Services
Benoit Laplante, PhD.Simon Frasier University
Percy E. Sajise, PhD.Biodiversity
Germelino M. Bautista, PhD.Ateneo de Manila University
Agnes C. Rola, PhD.UPLB-CPaF


The EEG-Philippines has a core group of experts of different disciplines including environmental economics, sociology, environmental science, and physical sciences.

NameFieldCore Competencies
1. Asa Jose U. Sajise, PhD.Environmental EconomicsValuation, Applied Econometrics, BCA
2. Canesio D. Predo, PhD.Resource EconomicsValuation, BCA, Modelling and Simulation
3. Gem B. Castillo, PhD.Resource EconomicsForest economics, environment and natural resource accounting, BCA
4. Kim Bayani Arias, PhD.Environmental EconomicsValuation, BCA
5. Dieldre Harder M.S.Environmental EconomicsValuation, Water and Sanitation
6. Emelinda T. Mendoza, PhD.SociologyParticipatory methods
7. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, PhD.Fishery EconomicsGender and Policy Analysis
8. Asuncion B. de Guzman, PhD.Environmental ScienceMarine protected areas and policy
9. Arvin B. Vista. M.S.Resource EconomicsValuation, BCA, CGE
10. Carl Ureta M.S.Environmental ScienceValuation, GIS
11. Margaret Calderon, PhD.Forest EconomicsValuation, Forest Finance
12. Maria Angeles O. Catelo, PhD.Environmental EconomicsPollution economics, valuation
13. Vicente G. BallaranAgricultural EngineeringHydrology, GIS
14. Neil Moises Serino, PhD.Development EconomicsClimate Change Mitigation, Poverty
15. Kahlou FranciscoMarine ScienceProposal Development
16. CharmaineDevelopment EconomicsSpatial economics
17. Dulce D. Elazegui M.S.Community DevelopmentParticipatory Methods, Gender


  • Director: Dr. Gem B Castillo
  • c/o Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (REECS)
  • Suite 405, The Tower at Emerald Sq., J.P. Rizal cor. P. Tuazon Sts, Project 4, Quezon City 1109, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 2971 7025/ 632 438 8858; Tel/Fax: +63 2995 0556
  • Email: gembcastillo24@gmail.com