Our Founder

Oscar M. Lopez

“It is our responsibility, each and every one of us, to protect our environment from further harm–and also to protect ourselves from the harm that we have already wrought upon our environment. For in abusing our environment, we have made ourselves vulnerable to that undesirable abuse.”

Oscar M. Lopez’s lifelong love for nature, science and the environment has led him to become a pioneer advocate for businesses’ role in addressing climate change.

In the early part of his career and entry into the family corporation through the newspaper, The Manila Chronicle, he established the science beat, the first of its kind in the Philippines, and created and published the magazine “Philippine Farms and Gardens”.

In 1986, he had the responsibility of building back First Philippine Holdings (FPH). He not only worked to get the company out of its debt, but he advanced money to invest in reforesting 1,000 hectares of barren land in Tarlac.

When FPH acquired the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), and with it the custodianship of watersheds that fed the geothermals, restoring and protecting forests became not just a corporate social responsibility but sustainable business sense. Thus, EDC’s greening legacy called BINHI was born. The goal was to reforest 1,000 hectares every year for ten years.

As early as 2007, at the Stockholders’ Meeting of natural gas company First Gen, he said that “the pressure to switch to cleaner fuels and sources of energy that produce less carbon as a byproduct” is set against the backdrop of “the growing threat of global warming.”

In 2012, a year before Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), he established the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. with the vision to help the Filipino build natural resilience to adversity by harnessing science to produce knowledge that leads to action.

Our Team

Executive Director

Rodel D. Lasco, PhD

Dr. Rodel Lasco is a pioneering and multi-awarded scientist with more than 35 years of experience at the national and international level. The author of over 80 technical publications, his work focuses primarily on natural resources conservation, climate change, and land degradation. He is an author of several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines. He also serves as the Philippines Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre and as an affiliate professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Programs

The Programs Department brings together the Center’s core functions and programs to develop user-centered co-produced climate-related knowledge to support the Center’s vision of building climate resilience.

The team is organized into the following functional units: Knowledge Production, Communications, Translations, Partnerships, and Knowledge Management.

Perpilili Vivienne A. Tiongson, Associate Director, Programs

Maria Eliniesa A. Lucas, Program Associate

Rafaela Jane P. Delfino, Manager, Knowledge Production

Marco D. Macapagal, Research Specialist, Climate and Impacts

Alfi Lorenz B. Cura, Research Associate, Society and Development

Katherine Mae P. Sarmiento, Manager, Communications

Perlyn Pulhin-Yoshida, Manager, Knowledge Management

Support Services

The Support Services team serves as the backbone of our institution. In charge of overseeing human resources, finance, and overall administration, it provides and fortifies the infrastructure for all other units and their individual programs. It also provides crucial support to the Center by coordinating, managing and implementing external support systems that help bolster and further the Center’s programs.

May Fer B. Tupaz, Finance Officer

Catherine Jane S. Briones, HR & Admin Officer

Jocelyn N. Antonio, Administrative Assistant

Marianna L. Vargas, Manager, Partnerships

Hazel Mariz T. Clerigo, Grants Officer

Our Board

Oscar M. Lopez

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Federico R. Lopez

CHAIRMAN

Richard B. Tantoco

PRESIDENT

Eugenio Lopez III

BOARD MEMBER

Francis Giles Puno

BOARD MEMBER

Jonathan Russell

BOARD MEMBER

Arturo T. Valdez

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz

BOARD MEMBER

Ret. Vice Admiral Alexander Pama

BOARD MEMBER

Our Officers

Federico R. Lopez

CHAIRMAN

Richard B. Tantoco

PRESIDENT

Victor Emmanuel B. Santos, Jr.

VICE PRESIDENT

Emmanuel P. Singson

TREASURER

Emelita D. Sabella

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Grace Stephanie L. Marcelo

ACTING COMPTROLLER

Dr. Rodel D. Lasco

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Atty. Kristina Irene Go

CORPORATE SECRETARY

Atty. Marita P. Lagos

CORPORATE SECRETARY