We envision biologically diverse Philippine forests that are sustainably managed and equitably accessible to responsible stakeholders.
In the spirit of service and stewardship: Improve the status of Philippine forests by working with communities, catalyzing local and national actions for their sustainable management.
Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF)
The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF) is a non-government organization that provides grants and technical assistance to projects that aim to conserve, maintain or restore tropical forests in the Philippines. Established under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), PTFCF works with civil society organizations in forest protection, natural resource management, capacity building, research, livelihood support, coastal forest resource management, as well as sustainable use of diverse animals and plants.
From 2005 to 2014, PTFCF was able to support 383 projects, which effectively improved the management of approximately 1.5 million hectares of forest lands, restored approximately 4,200 hectares of forests through the re-introduction of appropriate native tree species, established over 40 community conserved areas in key biodiversity areas and critical watersheds, instituted over 60 community-level sustainable enterprises that provide additional income to community members, and increased awareness of forest conservation issues particularly the ecosystem services provided by the forests.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Antonio G.M. La Viña
He is an educator for more than 30 years and currently Dean of Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University. Dr. La Viña is a lead negotiator for the Philippines in the climate change negotiations. He has also held Chairmanship in national and international organizations; and had publications covering law and governance, environment, human rights, social accountability and social entrepreneurship.
Hon. Ramon J.P. Paje
Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Sec. Paje has 30 years of continuous public service for the environment and natural resources sector in various capacities. Sec. Paje is a graduate of Doctorate in Public Administration; and Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He graduated Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Mr. Jaime Ayala
Mr. Jim Ayala is the Founder of Hybrid Social Solutions, Inc. (HSSi), an organization that brings access to reliable and safe energy through solar power. He has worked on economic development issues in the past 28 years as a social entrepreneur, CEO, management consultant, and a Board member of some NGOs. He was awarded the 2013 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year and 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines. He earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School; and his Bachelor degree from Princeton University.
Dr. Donna Paz Reyes
Dr. Donna Reyes is the Chair of the Graduate Program of the Department of Environment; and the Executive Director of Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College. A graduate of PhD from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, Dr. Reyes is an authority in environmental education, including biodiversity conservation education, environmental principles, ecology and community-based ecohistorical tourism.
Mr. Jeremy Gustafson
Mr. Gustafson is the Director of the Office of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the US Agency for International Development in the Philippines. He has been with the USAID for nearly 10 years and was previously posted in Egypt, South Sudan, and India where he was the Head of the Climate Change/Environment Office.
Mr. Heath Bailey
Mr. Bailey is the Economic Officer of the United States Embassy, Manila. A former practicing lawyer, he now serves as a Foreign Service Officer covering economic issues, science, technology, health, energy and environment. His former posts include the US embassies in San Jose, Costa Rica; and Riga, Latvia. He obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) from Brigham Young University-J. Reuben Clark Law School; and his Bachelor of Arts Major in English also from Brigham Young University.
Hon. Cesar V. Purisima
Secretary, Department of Finance
Sec. Purisima served as Finance Secretary in 2005 and was reappointed in 2010. He also served as Chair and Member of the Board of National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), Land Bank of the Philippines, and Monetary Board (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas). Secretary Purisima had an extensive work experience in public accounting after graduating from De la Salle University. He was among the top placers in the Philippine Board Examinations for Certified Public Accountants in 1979.
Dr. Elisea Gozun
Dr. Elisea Gozun is a former Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and a former Presidential Assistant II on Climate Change. She is currently a Trustee of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). Dr. Gozun is also a consultant to World Bank projects such as Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES). Her expertise in environmental issues complemented by her passion for the environment have likewise paved for her Chairmanship in numerous CSOs.
Mr. Federico R. Lopez
Mr. Lopez is the Chairman and CEO of Energy Development Corporation (EDC). He is also the Chairman and CEO of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation, among others. A staunch environmentalist, he is the Chairman of the Philippine Solar Car Challenge Society and Philippine Business for Social Progress. Mr. Lopez is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations, cum laude.
Atty. Jose Andres A. Canivel
Atty. Canivel has more than 17 years of experience in environmental advocacy, policy development and capacity building. Prior to being PTFCF’s Executive Director, Atty. Canivel served as Development Assistance Specialist of the Office of Energy and Environment of the US Agency for International Development-Philippines; and Executive Director of Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC). Atty. Canivel graduated Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Ateneo de Manila School of Law; and Bachelor of Science in Legal Management also from Ateneo de Manila University.