| what we do |
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.
- 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
- 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 (SVOA)” (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. Now the SVOA is managed by Christian Schwarz, Helga Schulze, Sofia T. Zeisig and Isabéla Curio, his daughter.
- 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, Philippines, 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 (2021) elected board members are:
Board Member: Roger Florentino Sanchez
Vice President: Pergentino ‘Jun’ Bandayrel Jr.
Board Member: John Carl Alonsagay
| the people |
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 His first achievements were the reorganization of the Station supplies and an efficiency check of outdated workflows.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.
Dr. Rebecca ‘Becca’ Barrios
Dr. Rebecca T. Barrios is our organization treasurer and a member of the regional advisory council for Visayas Fund for Philippine Environment. She has mentored twice for Global Training, Climate Reality Leadership Corp Training and Climate reality Project as well as presented research papers on a national and international level. In addition to her achievements within and outside of PhilinCon she is also a full-time mother of two and environmental activist and tree hugger. As a skilled resource speaker, climate presenter, and teacher she is an integral part of our team at PhilinCon.
Secretary, Bookkeeper, Organizer
Rhea ‘Ging Rhea’ A. Santillan is our central contact person 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.
Dr. Enrique ‘Bembot’ Sanchez
Veterinary, Wildlife Rescuer
‘Doc Bembot’, ‘Doc’ or Dr. Enrique R. Sanchez Jr. is an animal lover and a keen observer. He is in the board of directors of PhilinCon and 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.
Biologist, Scientific Illustrator and much more
Helga Schulze 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.
Sofia T. Zeisig
Website, Volunteer-Manager, Social Media, Fundraising
Sofia Tschijevski Zeisig is studied Biology and now is doing her Masters of Biodiversity. She is involved in other initiatives like NAJU Bochum, Extinction Rebellion and Stadt Park Garten for a greener town. 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. Now she is Volunteer-manager and helps fundraising.
Jann ‘Javie’ Vinze Barcinal
Communications Manager, Social Media, Video Production
Javie or Jann Vinze L. Barcinal 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 ‘Lindy’ Dioso
Liaison Officer, Commucation with Partners and much
Lindy or Leocardio F. Dioso 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”.
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].
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.
Philippine Volunteers & Members
John Carl Alonsagay
Social Media & Youth
He has an undergraduate degree in education of environment and natural resource management from the University of Hawai’i. Currently he is doing a graduate diploma at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). His heart beats for climate policy, research, language, conservation, and graphic designing. John is currently the project liaison officer and president of the Alpha Team Organization, a Philippines-based youth non-profit and is also helping PhilinCon.
Tree plantings, Clean ups & more
PhilinCon would not be what it is today without our volunteers. The team members are dedicated to environmental conservation. It does not matter the age, background or experience. Great work with lots of fun and impact is done with the help of our PhilinCon friends, fans, volunteers and supporters.
Creative & Fundraising Team
PhilinCon would not be what it is today without our volunteers. Most of our german 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 and remote: 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.
Read more about our projects