Before there was an Environment Department, there was Marigs. Marigs has been withEl 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 and Sustainability Team. At present, Marigs is the ringleader of a bunch of folks as passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability as she is.
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 Officer (Lagen Island) Born and raised in Palawan, Hanniel grew up in touch with the environment. She knew her province way before all the travel hype and was a witness to how tourism transformed her home — more for the worst than for the better. She studied Political Science in Ateneo de Manila hoping to become an environmental lawyer. Her journey however, brought her into pursuing a master’s degree in public management where she specialized on the politics of climate change and sustainable development and graduated at the top of her class. Hanniel studied in France and worked on sustainable lighting alternatives with AE & T Lighting, the company which lights the Eiffel Tower. Having exposed to the world of international organizations and policy making bodies, she chose to look beyond and immersed herself in the grassroots level. She became a youth ambassador for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park for its Information, Education and Communication programs. Now, our Environmental Officer, she is on the pursuit of integrating tourism to conservation and sustainability.
Hanniel desires to see policies and implementation coalesce, she wants to see theories and agreements work and manifest on the ground. For her, nature is a gift from God that must be kept, protected, and conserved. Everyday, she wakes up, motivated to be a steward of this creation. Believing that it is one of the ways to express her love for God and for others — the greatest commandment.
Environmental Officer (Miniloc Island) Not all Biology graduates end up in med school. A good number pursue post graduate degrees. Some of them go up mountains during sem breaks with friends to conduct faunal surveys. Some teach zoology and wildlife courses in the University. Others work in the zoo as veterinary assistants handling all sorts of animals. And there are those who trap and dissect rice field rats for research.
There’s one person we know who’s done all these, and that’s B. B took up BS Biology in the University of the Philippines, Manila, as a prerequisite to forensic pathology. With majority of her batchmates pursuing medical degrees, she figured someone had to help plants and animals too. She instead studied MS Zoology in the University of the Philippines, Los Banos to further her knowledge on wildlife. After a series of animal adventures, her current quest now takes her to the most beautiful field lab of the Philippines, where a variety of missions are waiting to unfold.
Environmental Enforcement Officer
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.
Environmental Officer (Pangulasian Island)
Estefania is from Colombia. She is an environmental engineer by profession from El Bosque University. Although she did not come from a coastal city, she is equally passionate for the seas. For her, the island life is where she belongs. Estefania desires to develop her career towards sustainable tourism and protected areas conservation while at the same time supporting the environmental team with her knowledge and professional experience on waste management. She feels very lucky being at “home” and at work where marvelous landscapes surround her. She is very grateful to her fellow EOs and to Ms. Marigs who she considers her role model. They affect her everyday not only in becoming a better Environmental Officer, but a better person as well.
Environmental Officer (Apulit Island)
Vito graduated from Newcastle University, United Kingdom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and First-class honors. He has extensive research experience in neuropsychology and has worked on Independent Mechanisms for Image Features in Stereopsis. He has volunteered for diverse university projects and has been part of pilot teams for data and computer programs.
He will be working on comparative coral reef health amongst the house reefs of the island resorts as well as in those with high tourist activities. Vito started as an intern for the environmental team, and now has become an EO full time.
Environmental Officer (Lio Estate Resorts)