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what we do & what we are

| what we do & Where |

PhilinCon is a non-government organization (NGO), headquartered in Pandan, Antique, Philippines. We are dedicated to the conservation of the environment in the Philippines. Our main concern is the protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of the country’s few remaining forests and endangered endemic (only occurring in the region) plants and wildlife. We are active in the northwest of the Philippine island Panay. 

Our work focuses on six different projects:

  • Forest Rangers secure the forest against illegal activities like poaching
  • Livelihood Projects assure local families alternative lifestyles to illegal activities and independance
  • Nest Guarding of endangered hornbills assure their existence in the wild 


  • Reforestation in the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park (NPPNP) and the Central Panay Mountain Range (CPMR)
  • Education about nature and environment of Philippine and German pupils and Research of flora and fauna of the philippine rainforest at our research station
  • Rescue Centers to rehabilitate former captured or injured wildlife

| how we became - what we are |

PhilinCon is based on the nature conservation organisation Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project (PESCP) which was founded in 1996 and renamed in 2010 to PhilinCon, each of them founded by Prof. Curio. Also founded by him is the foundation “Stiftung Vogelforschung und Artenschutz” (Bird Research and Species Conservation) which supports PhilinCon and relies on conservation-oriented research on Panay to protect the endangered Walden’s Hornbill as well as other endangered species. For research purposes, Sibaliw Station was built in 1997 in what was to become the NPPNP. Over time, several other projects have been started to protect the high biodiversity and make the locals aware of the local biological heritage by improving the sustainability. PhilinCon’s Head Office is located in Pandan, Antique, Philippine, close to the NPPNP.

PhilinCon’s overall activities are managed by a voluntary board of trustees where the members are elected for one-year terms. The board includes a mandatory majority of members of Philippine nationality.

The current (2020) elected board members are:

  • President: Leocardio Dioso
  • Treasurer: Rebecca T. Barrios
  • Secretary: Rhea Santillan
  • Executive Director: Enrique Sanchez, Jr.
  • Vice President: Pergentino Bandayrel Jr.
  • Board Member: Roger Florentino Sanchez
  • Board Member: John Carl Alonsagay

| the people |

German Team

Philippine Team

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Curio 

Founder, Researcher & Scientific Advisor

Eberhard Curio (* 22. October 1932 in Berlin) is a German behavioural scientist and ecologist and the founder of PhilinCon. Initially he conducted research in the field of ornithology and ecological behavioural science and later achieved international awareness through his scientific commitment to species conservation in Tonga, Fiji, and the Philippines.

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Christian Schwarz

Project Manager & Researcher

Christian J. Schwarz is PhilinCon’s project manager on Panay since 2014. His first achievements were the reorganization of the Station supplies and an efficiency check of outdated workflows. Moreover, he is raising funds to this day. His profound knowledge of Panay’s species and ecology makes him an irreplaceable member of PhilinCon. In addition to his job as PhilinCon’s project manager, he is a skilled hobby photographer and working right now on his Ph.D. thesis about the effects of the invasive cane toad on the leaf litter fauna of Panay.

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Rhea A. Santillan

Secretary, Bookkeeper, Organizer

Rhea is our central contact person on site in the Philippines, being there for locals as well as oversea co-workers and being in charge of communication. She works  warm-hearted and reliable as a secretary and bookkeeper for the future of the entire region with courage and determination. She enjoys working with people.

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Dr. Enrique ‘Bembot’ R. Sanchez, Jr.

Veterinary, Wildlife Rescuer

Bembot is an animal lover and a keen observer. He is the current President of PhilinCon but works simultaneously as a rescuer of native wildlife of Panay. Since PhilinCon’s current stronghold is the rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife species, enthusiastic helpers like Bembot are crucial for the NGO.

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German Team

Philippine Team

Helga Schulze

Biologist, Scientific Illustrator and much more

Helga supports the project for over 20 years by taking care of the project archives and illustrating all kinds of publications. She is also a great help for Prof. Curio. Her special interest is the Philippine culture. Also she is caring for conservation of lorises.

See article of the university newspaper.

Sofia Tschijevski Zeisig

Website, Volunteer-Manager, Social Media, Fundraising

Sofia is studying biology and biodiversity as a master student. Also she is part of NAJU Bochum. Moreover, she develops ideas and products for PhilinCon. Sofia experienced PhilinCon’s projects on-site in spring 2018 together with Tabea Wulms by staying on the Sibaliw Research Station. With Tabea Wulms they build this webpage and organized street activities and media representations in social media and newspapers. 

Jann Vinze L. Barcinal (“Javie”)

Communications Manager, Social Media, Video Production

Javie is our person in charge of coordinating all internal communication between the local employees on Panay and the various members of  Philincon worldwide. Also, he is managing and organising all educational events offered on Panay. Furthermore, he is the founder of the NGO “Dulungan Youth” which is committed in creating environmentally conscious youth leaders that seek for the conservation and protection of biodiversity in the province of Antique. In his spare time he also works as a journalist and photographer.

Leocardio F. Dioso (‘Lindy’)

Liaison Officer, Commucation with Partners and much

Lindy is one of our most important members and supporters in conservation. He gives invaluable advice and assists PhilinCon by providing the office space. Furthermore, he is part of the board and the social soul of the NGO, and is responsible for networking between members and the externals. His passion, however, are books, and he helped Filipino people share this passion by building a public library in Pandan, and by initiating the “1000 Libraries Project”.

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6-18 Ranger risking their lifes to preserve nature

Forest rangers monitor the rainforests of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park to prevent illegal activities like logging and wildlife poaching. We employ between 6 & 18 rangers for monthly or weekly patrols, depending on funding. At the moment (2020) we have 18 Rangers who patrol every two weeks.

Our caretakers are also station employees at our research station and wildlife sanctuary. They take care of the bird feeding twice a day, the cleaning of the cages and any necessary repair work at the station.

Our current (2020) station staffs are: Elizer Ebon, Ulysses Ebon, Dondon Geronimo, and Vladimir De Guzman.

A list of caretakers can be found here [Stationstaff pdf].


Carry supplies for the station & hornbill rescue

The porters carry food and material for the birds and caretakers at the Walden’s & Tariktik Hornbill and research station.


For birdwatcher and scientists

Guides are hired to accompany visitors to the sibaliw research and wildlife sanctuary because the way there leads through the rainforest on unpaved roads. The locals – often rangers or former station staff – know the routes and have deep knowledge about the rainforest which they gladly share with the visitors. In addition, they accompany researchers and bird watchers on their exploration tours on Panay.

Volunteers & Partner


Creative & Fundraising Team

PhilinCon would not be what it is today without our volunteers. Most of our team members are professionally not connected with environmental conservation but this dedication unites them. It does not matter the age, background or experience. Great work is done in secret: the website, funding, networking, and much more would not exist without the extensive work our team invests in this NGO. There are much more for whose commitment we are grateful.

Scientific Partners

Maren Gaulke and other partners

Maren Gaulke is a longterm scientific partner. We cooperate with her for more than 10 years. She lives in the philippines and published a lot about reptiles. See publications.

We want you

We are always looking for volunteers.

If interested, email sofia.zeisig@philincon.org 

or call +49 176 9310 1396.

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