Meet the experts

Mary Joan Guan

Executive Director, Center for Women’s Resources

Session: Gender Sensitivity Training

She is the current executive director of the Center for Women’s Resources. She has conducted lectures on women’s rights, gender sensitivity, and other topics related to women and gender in various organizations, local government units in the country and abroad. For a few years, she worked as guest anchor person on the women edition program of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at DZRJ. She previously taught Gender Studies at Philippine Women’s University.

Edz V. dela Cruz

Project Manager, #HerStoryOurStory: Digital Storytelling on Women and Environment

Session: Women and Media: scrutinizing the portrayal of women in media

She is a senior media and advocacy officer at the Center for Women’s Resources and project manager of the #HerStoryOurStory: Digital Storytelling on Women and Environment project with Earth Journalism Network. She was a former journalist at and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and previously taught Journalism courses at St. Scholastica’s College.

Prof. Luis V. Teodoro

Board of Trustees, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Session: Journalism Ethics

He is an esteemed journalist who will share his expertise in ethical and principled writing that started way back in the 60s. He is the former dean of the College of Mass Communications, University of the Philippines and member of the Board of Trustees of Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Hanna Chevy Fiel

Research Department Head, Citizens Disaster Response Center

Session: Environment and the Philippine Disaster Situation

She is a social worker who is well experienced in community work. She is currently the Research Department Head of Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC). CDRC is a service organization that specializes in providing capacity building for disaster risk reduction management. Known for its efficient relief and rehabilitation service during disasters, CDRC is contacted by the Social Welfare Department and even international organizations for disaster concerns.

Imelda V. Abano

Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Philippines and Pacific Region Content Coordinator, Internews

Session: Environmental Reporting

She is an award-winning environment journalist and media trainer. She is the founding president of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), an organization that seeks to empower local journalists in reporting environment and climate change.

Janess Ann J. Ellao

Membership Officer, International Association of Women in Radio and Television – Philippines

Session: Covering Women in the Context of Environment

She is a senior reporter of, a program host for Altermidya, and country correspondent for Via.News, a Portugal-based media organization. She is also a part-time faculty at Far Eastern University. She earned her Master’s degree in Journalism at Asian Institute of Journalism
and Communication.

Nestor P. Burgos Jr

Director, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Session: Disaster Reporting and Journalist’s Safety

He is an award-winning veteran journalist from Iloilo who is knowledgeable on reporting about disasters. He is the former national chairperson and current director of National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

Kenneth Guda

Editor in chief, Pinoy Weekly

Workshop: Producing Multimedia Content

He is the chief editor of alternative news magazine, Pinoy Weekly and board member of Pinoy Media Center. He is an award-winning journalist/ photojournalist who has
covered disasters and conflict in the Philippines.

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