Profile

The Palawan Biodiversity Conservation Advocates Inc. (PBCAI) is a committed non-profit organization officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since November 22, 2017.

(SEC Registration No. CN201738431)

The Leadership

board chairman

John Katon

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Grace Sescon

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project manager

Corazon Liwanag

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The Board of Trustees

Secretary

Joy Tanay

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treasurer

Beatriz Dioso

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board member

Vivian Obligar

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board member

Myla

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board member

Edgar Silagan

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board member

Russel Climaco 

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Our Vision 

PBCAI envisions a future where Palawan's natural resources are robust, healthy, and sustainably managed to continuously provide vital ecosystem services to local communities. Through a blend of resource ownership, sustainable development, and innovative environmental initiatives, we strive to maintain the ecological balance and enhance the quality of life in Palawan.

Expertise 

Our team comprises environmental advocates with extensive experience in non-governmental organizations spanning local, regional, and international scopes. PBCAI’s core competencies include:

  • Biodiversity conservation (marine, forest/terrestrial, and wildlife)
  • Sustainable agriculture and aquaculture
  • Social enterprise initiatives
  • Project proposal development and writing
  • Baseline assessments and biophysical surveys on flora, fauna, and marine ecosystems
  • Indigenous Peoples (IP) services, including ADSDPP and IKSP programs

Commitment to Volunteerism and Community Service

Volunteerism is at the heart of PBCAI. Our volunteers have actively participated in various environmental initiatives, such as coastal cleanups in Puerto Princesa City and emergency response activities, including fire relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ongoing commitment extends to wildlife conservation, notably through technical assistance in sea turtle monitoring and rescue operations in collaboration with local environmental authorities.

Significant Collaborative Efforts and Achievements

One of our major collaborative efforts includes supporting the Maranao People Development Center (MARADECA) in Marawi, under the auspices of Lutheran World Relief (LWR). This partnership focused on developing a project aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of marginalized coastal communities through sustainable development initiatives, backed by the CSO-SEED British Council and EU.

Upholding High Standards in Administration and Finance

PBCAI passed the rigorous standards of the USAID Non-US Organization Pre-Award Survey (NUPAS), which covers financial management and internal controls, procurement systems, project performance, and organizational sustainability. We utilize AUDITPAL, an innovative online accounting system, for transparent and efficient financial management. We are actively enhancing our organizational governance processes and procedures as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) to meet the stringent standards required for certification by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC). This initiative is aimed at strengthening our internal controls, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and fostering a transparent and efficient environment that aligns with PCNC's accreditation criteria.

Diverse Environmental Projects and Campaigns

Our projects range from Ridge to Reef Ecosystems Resource Management with sea turtle, as a flagship species, for conservation efforts funded by the USAID to marine conservation initiatives with the Coca-Cola Foundation, focusing on enhancing Marine Protected Areas and promoting effective waste management practices. PBCAI was also a vibrant part of the Save Palawan Movement, advocating against the division of Palawan into three provinces and promoting sustainable environmental governance.

Investment in Staff Development and Research

Continual staff development is crucial for our success. We regularly conduct training in environmental assessment techniques, including seagrass and mangrove assessments, partnering with global leaders like the World Wildlife Fund. PBCAI is the project holder of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development's (PCSD) research initiatives on the studies of mercury contamination from the abandoned Quick Silver Mines in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines.

Through strategic partnerships, rigorous research, and community-focused initiatives, PBCAI is a leader in promoting environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation in Palawan. Join us as we continue to advocate for a greener, more sustainable Palawan.

Accomplishment Report 2020

Accomplishment Report 2019

Accomplishment Report 2018