At present, the Environment Team has a Director of Environment and Sustainability, four Environmental Officers, an Environmental Enforcement Officer, and an intern. Meet them here!
Director of Environment and Sustainability
Before there was an Environment Department, there was Marigs. Marigs has been with El Nido Resorts for a great number of years we don’t want to mention here, painstakingly building and coordinating the projects we’re so proud of today. As El Nido Resorts grew, so did the need for a dedicated Environment Team. At present, Marigs is the ringleader of a bunch of folks as passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability as she is.
Environmental Officer (Miniloc Island Resort)
Elaine is anywhere. She started her career as a Tourism Officer for the Provincial Government of Isabela where she handled community-based projects in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. In 2013, she joined Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and served as an Ecotourism Advisor in Samar. Her restless feet and heart took her to Africa, volunteering for an ecotourism project in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe where she acquired a global perspective of tourism and development. Elaine has a degree in Tourism with a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She is currently the Environmental Officer of Miniloc Island Resort advocating for sustainable tourism and dreams of a world full of responsible travelers. Indeed, Elaine is anywhere- doing what she loves and what is right.
Environmental Officer (Apulit Island Resort)
Maxine is a BS Biology for Teachers graduate from Philippine Normal University. After graduating, she was a school teacher at Grace Christian College in Manila, but her interest in environmental studies had her seeking for a career outside of the usual classroom setting. In April 2015, Max left the teacher’s desk and packed her bags for the outdoor classroom of nature, El Nido. Well suited for the eco-adventures of Apulit, Max enjoys hiking, snorkeling, and drawing. Her favorite part of being an EO is working on something that she loves while being in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Roxanne Rei Valdestamon
Environmental Officer (Pangulasian Island Resort)
Roxanne is a strong and passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture and environmental management, specifically marine ecosystems. She graduated with a degree in Agriculture from the University of the Philippines Los Banos in 2012 and after a few months of contemplation, she decided to work her way into the marine ecosystems field. Her first job was with Fishbase Information and Research Group Inc., a global species database of fishes where she worked with fish biology, faunal lists and species distribution. Getting a one-month break from work, she used this time to acquire trainings and certifications in scuba diving, reef check and MPA (Marine Protected Area) surveys from a scholarship offered by Coral Cay Conservation Philippines. This inspired her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science for better understanding and further training in her chosen field. When the opportunity to work with ENR’s Environment Department was offered to her in 2016, she took it and excitedly packed her bags for her new adventure. She is now the Environmental Officer of Pangulasian Island, enjoying the perks of working with a team that aims to spread ecologically sustainable practices and influence people to adapt a way of life that is – protecting the environment.
Sustainability Officer (Lio Tourism Estate)
Jamie is a graduate of BS Psychology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Upon graduation, she knew that a normal desk job was not for her and through a series of very fortunate events, ended up working as the Environmental Officer for Lagen Island Resort. In 2014, she took a break to do pro-bono consulting and learn more about wildlife conservation, particularly with wild birds and marine turtles. She honed her birding skills as an active member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, served as the project manager for the pilot project of Pawikan Watchers in San Juan, La Union and became a consultant for Morong, Bataan’s Bantay Pawikan conservation group. Before taking back her role as Lagen’s EO, she packed her bags and permanently moved to El Nido. Since August 2016, she has taken up the role of Sustainability Officer for the 325-ha Lio Tourism Development and there’s certainly no stopping her from further strengthening the use of community-based sustainable development and tourism as a tool for active biodiversity conservation.
Environmental Enforcement Officer (El Nido)
Before working with El Nido Resorts, Rey used to be a Ranger for El Nido’s Protected Area Office. He started as a Marine Sports Guide then became the Guest Activities and Marine Sports Supervisor. Because he’s so good at what he does, the Environment Department stole him away to become our Environmental Enforcement Officer.
Gaby Coseteng is an intern for the environment department. She is a rising sophomore at Stanford University and is still undeclared because she’s really indecisive. Gaby is passionate about nature conservation and climate change, and hopes to pursue a career in a related field. She enjoys kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling, especially since El Nido is so beautiful. Gaby is also a big fan of animals, but her spirit animal is probably a fur seal because they’re chill and like to tan all day and like eating fish. She’s really happy to be back home in the Philippines for the summer and to have the opportunity to help out and learn more about the local environmental situation.