The team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Paul D. Watts

PRESIDENT

Paul David Watts was born in Toronto, Canada with his primary influence being his father who introduced Paul to both the out of doors and the concept of working cross-cultural. Through his two mothers, Paul learned to look after himself and how to succeed at his endeavors. He attended the University of Guelph and obtained a BSc. in Wildlife Biology. He then met up with the great Norwegian scientist, Nils Are Øritsland and went north to Churchill on Hudson Bay to study polar bears. After completing his doctorate on polar bear energetics through the University of Oslo in Norway, Paul worked at starting the Institute of Arctic Ecophysiology. This effort evolved into an Ethnoecology Program through the University of Manitoba with a focus on involving indigenous leaders as co-instructors. After almost three decades focused on Northern Canada, in 2004 Paul decided to expand his life-long interest in volunteering to work on international development. Accepted by Volunteer Services Overseas to work in the Philippines, Paul met Marivic while training at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Marivic G. Pajaro 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Pajaro’s career began as a natural sciences instructor at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila and at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology in Mindanao then worked as a Research Assistant at the UP-Marine Science Institute and then moved to Haribon Foundation to supervise various  marine and terrestrial ecosystem-based projects. She then pursued her doctoral degree on Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of British Columbia and upon coming back to the Philippines, headed the Aurora Marine Research and Development Institute.  Central to her work is a focus upon synergizing around two concepts: firstly, recognizing the significant and facilitating the role of local people in resource management and secondly, actualizing the importance of scaling up the ecological approach for sustainability. Given the well documented needs associated with small-scale fisherfolk, farmers and indigenous peoples communities in the Philippines, she is currently focused on advancing the “ridge to reef “ approach by nurturing ecological and social networks, provision of supplemental livelihoods, para-professional trainings and other capacity building initiatives of local stakeholders.

Biol. Mark Edison R. Raquino, PM

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Mark has a background in biology at the University of the Philippines- Baguio. He has earned his Professional Master’s Degree in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and Master of Science in Environmental Management at the Aurora State College of Technology. His work encompasses ridge to reef biodiversity conservation across forests, agriculture and marine ecosystems. Mark is also part of team that helps build capacity for local and indigenous communities for resource management and governance. 

Currently, Mark is one of the ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Leaders ensuring the youth voices and actions are acknowledged and included in biodiversity conservation and he is one of the Rainforest Trust Conservation Fellows working with the indigenous communities of Dumagat and Alta in protecting the Philippine Eagle within their ancestral domains. 

Maria Angela B. Zerrudo

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE OFFICER

A former educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education Major in Science & Technology has found her heart in service of the environment through community-based approaches to biodiversity conservation. Anne has been with Daluhay since 2014 as Administration & Finance Officer where she has been assisting Indigenous and Artisanal Communities with resource mobilization and organizational development. 

For. Marilyn F. dela Torre 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Marilyn is a member of the Dumagat Tribe from the coastal settlement in Dibut, San Luis, Aurora.  With indigenous roots and a heart close to the forests, she has been determined to help empower marginal sectors of the community and conserve natural resources. She started off as a volunteer in Daluhay as she pursued her degree and earned a license in Forestry before landing a position as a Research Assistant. She extends technical assistance in nursery establishment and rainforestation, forest resource inventories and community and project development. Currently, she is one of the Rainforest Trust Conservation Fellows working with the indigenous communities of Dumagat and Alta in protecting the Philippine Eagle within their ancestral domains. 

Biol. Mary Shan Faye B. Alejos

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Shan earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology in the University of the Philippines-Baguio where she found her passion for both social work and environmental conservation. Her first surfing wave helped her discover her affinity with the ocean that soon made her go for the “big move” from the city to Baler, Aurora where she started as a volunteer in Daluhay. 

Her work with the Marine Environment and Resources Foundation (MERF), Daluhay and other partners began in 2016 where a Bioregional network across the 10 provinces of the North Philippine Sea was initiated. She continues to serve Indigenous and Artisanal groups across the bioregion through a ridge to reef approach in biodiversity conservation with a versatile role in Daluhay while using her personal time to share her advocacy towards healthy coasts in the surf town. 

Erica Jeniece C. Zafra

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST


Erica discovered her passion for animals growing up in the city of Manila and taking in stray animals that she found on the streets. This passion for strays soon turned into a concern for other living beings, after learning about the sad plight of wildlife being poached for their parts and traded illegally all over the world. She majored in Geography at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where she learned more about the interconnections between the people, the wildlife, and the environment, and where she developed more as an environmental advocate. There, she also learned about spatial technologies such as GIS and Remote Sensing, the applications of which can benefit the environment. Her undergraduate thesis focused on gauging the outlook for the Butaan, a species of monitor lizard classified as vulnerable by the IUCN, by mapping its habitat and conducting stakeholder assessments in the island of Polillo, Philippines. She joined Daluhay in 2018, where her specialty aligned with the organization’s need for spatial technologies. She now serves as a project coordinator for the project “Initiating a Network of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in the Central Sierra Madre Forests”, working with the Agtas for the protection of the forests in the areas of Dinalungan, Casiguran, and Dilasag (DiCaDi) in Northern Aurora.

Ria L. Esteves

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Ria Esteves is from Brgy. Cozo, Casiguran. She is one of the active members of Agta tribe ensuring that their ancestral domain is protected and that their culture is being passed down from elders to younger generations including that of her 5-year old son. For the past seven years, she has worked as a community organizer for the indigenous communities in Casiguran. Through these, she has gained varying experiences and wisdom in community organizing. Although she found it more difficult to organize other communities, she considers each obstacle she faces as stepping stones in her personal and professional development.  Currently, Ria serves as Community Development Assistant for Daluhay. 


2019 Board-Staff meeting

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