Our Board of Trustees are composed of individuals who both credible and have a strong track record in humanitarian emergency response work. They are the embodiment of commitment to Core Humanitarian Standards in their careers and respective organizations, and are not involved in partisan politics.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez


Fr. Edu Gariguez is currently the Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Under his guidance, NASSA/Caritas Philippines implemented its three-year (2014-2016) typhoon Haiyan recovery and response program. Fr. Edu was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in April 1993, committing himself to serve in the local Church of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro. Answering the call of transformative politics, he was Executive Secretary to the Muicipal Mayor of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro from 1999 to 2001. He had since worked for the Mangyan Mission, a Church-based NGO; and convened the Council of Leaders of Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a mining industry watchdog in the service of mining-affected communities.

Egardo B. Ligon


Egad is currently the Executive Director of the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), which pioneered providing legal assistance delivery in disaster-stricken areas. IDEALS establishes the legal identity of victims and survivors through legal and civil documentation, allowing them to gain access to benefits, claims, and other social services. Prior to joining IDEALS, Egad was manager of the training and consulting unit of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). He was also the Visayas regional officer for PAKISAMA (Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka). He began his career in development work as community organizer for PhilDHRRA and the Ateneo de Manila’s Office for Rural Development-Center for Community Services.

Patricia Medina


Pinky Medina is the Executive Director of Venture for Fund Raising, an organization devoted to assisting NGOs to develop diverse funding sources and committed donors and volunteers, where he first started as program director in August 2007. Previously, Pinky was the external affairs officer of Miriam College. In addition to fundraising, Pinky has had extensive experience in corporate social responsibility, communications and public relations, and project management and development, among others. Pinky graduated from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in humanities.

Benedict Balderrama

Board Member

Dick Balderrama is the National Coordinator of Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), a network of social development NGOs based in urban centers nationwide. An organizer since 1987, Dick began his non-profit experience in 1991 as field operations officer of the Sentro para sa Ikauuland ng Katutubong Aghan at Teknolohiya, where he became Executive Director in 2003. In October 2006, he became the National Coordinator of PHILSSA.D ick has authored numerous papers on issues affecting communities and livelihoods, among them urbanization and urban development, fisheries and coastal resource management, sustainable livelihoods, disaster management, governance and social accountability.

Zenaida Delica-Wilison

Board Member

Zenaida has over 40 years of experience in development and disaster risk reductionpractice in the Philippines and in other Asian countries. She has held executive directorposts in NGOs and an advisory post in the UNDP Office for South-South Cooperation,leading teams and programs, developing strategies and undertaking training andfacilitation, research, consultancy, and evaluation. She has carried out projectmanagement for agencies including Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, Center forDisaster Preparedness, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, World Bank, UNDP, Disasterand Emergency Committee (UK), Humanitarian Alliance (Canada), among others. Sheis currently a retired UNDP Advisor on disaster risk reduction. An incorporator of theCenter for Disaster Preparedness, Zenaida is currently Chairperson of its Board ofTrustees. Zenaida obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lyceumof Batangas, bachelor’s degree (highest mark) on sociology from the P. University of thePhilippines, master’s on public health (dean’s list) from the Adventist University of thePhilippines, and master’s on development practice from Oxford Brookes University (UK)