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.

VISION Leader in capacity building and transdisciplinary research addressing global and local environmental challenges.
MISSION To 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

Name Institutional 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.

Name Field Core Competencies
1. Asa Jose U. Sajise, PhD. Environmental Economics Valuation, Applied Econometrics, BCA
2. Canesio D. Predo, PhD. Resource Economics Valuation, BCA, Modelling and Simulation
3. Gem B. Castillo, PhD. Resource Economics Forest economics, environment and natural resource accounting, BCA
4. Kim Bayani Arias, PhD. Environmental Economics Valuation, BCA
5. Dieldre Harder M.S. Environmental Economics Valuation, Water and Sanitation
6. Emelinda T. Mendoza, PhD. Sociology Participatory methods
7. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, PhD. Fishery Economics Gender and Policy Analysis
8. Asuncion B. de Guzman, PhD. Environmental Science Marine protected areas and policy
9. Arvin B. Vista. M.S. Resource Economics Valuation, BCA, CGE
10. Carl Ureta M.S. Environmental Science Valuation, GIS
11. Margaret Calderon, PhD. Forest Economics Valuation, Forest Finance
12. Maria Angeles O. Catelo, PhD. Environmental Economics Pollution economics, valuation
13. Vicente G. Ballaran Agricultural Engineering Hydrology, GIS
14. Neil Moises Serino, PhD. Development Economics Climate Change Mitigation, Poverty
15. Kahlou Francisco Marine Science Proposal Development
16. Charmaine Development Economics Spatial economics
17. Dulce D. Elazegui M.S. Community Development Participatory 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