ECOTONE RESILIENCE TEAM ON SITE IN UDALO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
Jackie is the project coordinator. With a PhD in Development Administration, she is an artist by heart but a real extravert and commonly loves to live with different people and cultures. She has two boys. She loves making ideas into reality. One of her previous projects was to be the technical head and technical writer/designer/coordinator of the Tiangge sa Katawhan (TSK) or the Davao City Night and Weekend Street Market in the Davao City, when it opened last 2013. Jackie has been dedicating her energy to Ecotone Resilience since 2019. She is fond of nature trekking, painting, writing poems, essays, photography and studying video editing.
In Paranaque City Roda worked in a construction supply/contractor as an Officer-in-Charge; she worked with them for more than ten years. She was a volunteer in the Barangay as Barangay Nutrition Scholar. Roda started as a local team member of Ecotone Resilience in 2017. She is focusing her efforts on everything evolving around nutrition and agro ecology. More specifically, Roda supports the Lighthouse Farm project and the Talipapa project which is the center for collecting & selling local food production for the Irayas. Roda is helping managing the 2 lighthouse farms in Lucatan and Dita/Cabasingan which are up and running. Roda is a hardworking person, patient, sweet, caring and most special to her is that she loves her work very much...
Nutrition & Waste
Christine lives in Bugtong with her husband Nemesio in a home that could be a model in term of sustainability and gardening. She is active on many fronts, bubbling with new ideas to improve the community well being. She has been organizing school feeding programs for indigenous children in the Barangay with the support of the LGU. She has trained and organized groups of women in handicrafts activities using various material and techniques such as coco crafts. Christine's passion for singing brought her many distinguished first prices in singing contests.
Bamboo & Handicrafts
Nemesio has been involved in sustainable materials during all his life, especially bamboo which he grew and traded several varieties on the island of Mindoro. He has an extensive knowledge of local plants and his garden is testimony to his gardening talent. Very eager, as his wife Christine, to improve the livelihood of the local community, he set up the first farmers cooperative in the area in 1998. A master craftsman, Nemesio can build pieces of art with the simple use of his Bolo (the local traditional knife).
Our lieutenant in Udalo, Fidel is a fisherman who understands like no one else that the biodiversity is at risk if not properly managed from this point on-wards. Fidel has a deep understanding and on the ground knowledge of the ecosystems whether maritime or terrestrial and is very valuable to the success of the project. He is one of the key stakeholders and plays a key role within the local communities in their variety (mainly Tagalog and Mangyans). Fidel speaks both Tagalog and English.
"Kuya G" is our permaculture specialist focusing on setting up nurseries, kitchen gardens, new crops, and waste management.
Guillaume is currently building a demo farm and establishing a network of kitchen gardens in order to bring a practical and sustainable answer to malnutrition problems due to lack of locally grown basic and healthy food.