Our Team

Nicanor P. Perlas, Executive Director

Nicanor  has spent more than 45 years of his life in pursuing a better world. He successfully spearheaded national and global efforts to keep the Philippines free of nuclear-power, mobilized colleagues to convince the government to ban 32 pesticide formulations that were poisoning millions of farmers and consumers, and co-drafted national and global policies to protect Filipinos from the one-sided impact of elite globalization. Perlas has written over 500 articles, editorials, monographs and books to advance his advocacies including the international best-seller, Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power, and Threefolding. Perlas has been the resource person and keynote speaker in over 70 global conferences and events in over 20 countries, and over 120 national conferences on a range of topics. He was head of several national civil society movements and coalitions including the Philippine Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He also served as Civil Society Co-Chair of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development, Office of the President. He has consulted with UN bodies, government agencies, and civil society organizations seeking more meaningful initiatives in the world.

Perlas is a seasoned substance and process facilitator, guiding small and large groups of over 600 participants, locally and globally, to emerge their collective aspirations and intentions. He is co-founder of MISSION, the Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies Through Initiatives Organizing and Networking, and Liwanag Worldfest, Inc. In recognition of the national and global impact of his work, he has received many awards including the Right Livelihood Award, also known at the Alternative Nobel Prize.


Ronie Z. Bautista, Asst. Executive Director & Lead Activator for Community Mobilization & Development

Ronie brings decades of community organizing and development work to the core team of SEA. He is also SEA’s Deputy Area Coordinator for the town’s KALAHI-CIDSS grassroots program for the poor, funded by the World Bank.

Ronie was a faculty member for seven years in the Social Science Department of Western Visayas College of Science & Technology (WVCST) where he was one of the College’s specialists in community organizing and development. At that time he was also a technical and community organizing consultant for many civil society organizations (including the international donor agency Save The Children), local governments and businesses (especially cooperatives).

Prior to this, Ronie held a number of executive positions within various civil society organizations, including Operations Manager of Grupo Paghidaet GRUPAG, Executive Director of Labing Kubos, Inc., Managing Partner RTB Multi- Assistance Company, Inc., and many others.

Ronie was also instrumental in convincing a group of communist rebels to return to mainstream Philippine society and helped them form an organization engaged in organic farming to help them sustain an above-ground legal livelihood. Ronie also organized the Leon Market Venders Cooperative and eventually became the chairman of the Municipal Cooperative Development Council of the town.

Mary Ann T. Fanega

Is the Admin/Finance officer of SEA, Inc. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Community development last 2002 at Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and she had a Educational units in diploma in teaching (1,2 & 3). Because of her experienced she was able to develop and strengthen her skills in community work. She was hired as a Community Empowerment Facilitator at Kalahi cidss-ncddp assigned in the municipality of Bingawan last Sept. 22 —Dec. 31, 2015. She was also a administrative officer at Labing Kubos Foundation, Inc. and a community development officer at BCBP Ecoreach Foundation Inc.

Daisy Cheryl O. Yanson, In Charge for Communications


Is the Information Specialist for SEA. Inc. She was a former University Research Associate for the Center for West Visayan Studies, in UP Visayas and finished her Master’s Degree in Anthropology at UP Diliman. She had worked as MIS Staff Assistant for DAR ADB Special Projects and had done project based documentation and training for the Department of Health and DSWD.  She had also worked as Agricultural Project Consultant for the 2nd Congressional District of Iloilo.

Manuel A. Gianan, Maintenance and Utility