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Sylvia Munoz-Ordonez is CAPWIP's  Executive Director. Sylvia was a student leader in the activist years of 1970s. She was the president of the student council of St. Scholastica’s College and an officer of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP). She has worked for both the government and non-government organizations for more than 30 years. Sylvia was the co-founder of the Youth and Student Travel Association of the Philippines (YSTAPHIL), an organization that promotes domestic and worldwide educational exchange program. In government, Sylvia worked with the government as Managing Director of the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) for 19 years before she became a consultant for the United Nations (i.e., UNIFEM, UNDP and ILO among others). She was a Commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) representing the youth, member of the UNESCO National Commission, founder & president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Filipino Women (FAFW), and head of the Bliss II, a government program providing low cost and economic housing in the late 1970s. In the 1990s, she served as the Deputy Chair of the Mt. Pinatubo Rehabilitation Commission and in charge of the Housing and Livelihood component (provided housing and livelihood for millions of the volcano eruption victims). She was also the logistics coordinator of the NGO Forum in Beijing in 1995. Sylvia is one of the founders of the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP). She has served CAPWIP as Executive Director from 1991 to 1997 and from 2001 to present.



Ma. Desiree J. Damiar is CAPWIP’s Finance Officer. She performs highly responsible professional planning, directing, managing and overseeing financial operations, treasury, auditing agency and professional contracting, revenue collection, grant financial control, payroll and related financial aspects; supervises finance staff, coordinates assigned activities with other staff and outside agencies; and provides complex administrative support to the Executive Director including coordination of development, analysis and implementation of budget. She also oversees the organization’s accounting practices, responsible in monitoring and maintaining the accuracy and timely submission of reportorial requirements to foreign and local counterparts, bureaus and agencies. Desiree is a licensed CPA with MBA units from De La Salle University. She’s also a licensed Real Estate Broker.



Eden Jocelyn Quiboloy-Depasucat is CAPWIP's Technical Assistant and Researcher. She took up B.S. Major in Chemistry at Far Eastern University as a preparatory course for Medicine. But instead of becoming a doctor, she became a high school Chemistry teacher at Lubao Institute and a medical representative at Associated Pharma. Before entering CAPWIP, she worked as product development manager for some chemical companies like Bona Scentio Corporation, Sunvest International, TrustChem, and as Food and Chemical Manager at KITAL Limited, an Israeli company with worldwide offices including the Philippines. Through all these years, she was mainly involved in international trade and product development for the private sector. Joyce now works for CAPWIP as Technical Assistant, in-charge of maintaining and updating CAPWIP’s database and website. She is also the Researcher/Editor of OnlineWomen Bulletin, the official newsletter of Online Women in Politics. She is likewise involved in social media, technical writing, web design, etc.


Working Trustees


Patricia Licuanan is one of CAPWIP’s  Working Trustees based in the Philippines. Close associates call her “Tati”. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University and PhD in Social Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently the president of Miriam College and the Co-Chair of the South East Asia Women's Watch (SEAWatch). She has worked as Academic Vice President of Ateneo de Manila University before joining Miriam College. She also headed the Philippine Delegation for the UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.  She is one of the forerunners of gender and development in the country when it was not yet a popular issue to stand for and work with. Tati is currently the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the Philippines.







Remedios "Remmy" Ignacio-Rikken is CAPWIP’s Director for Operations. Remmy worked for an auditing firm for six years as a Certified Public Accountant. She took her MA in Economics at the Asian Social Institute (ASI), graduate school of Economics, Sociology and Social Work. She started her development work (1962) as a Research Associate in ASI and her work in community building and organizing of peoples with the social action programs of the Christian Churches in the Philippines from 1968 to 1977. Her work for eight years (1977 – 1985) with the Philippine Education Theater Association (PETA) influenced practitioners of popular theater throughout the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region and helped build the national theater movement in the Philippines. In 1986, President Corazon C. Aquino appointed her Executive Director of the national machinery for women, gender and development of the Philippine government. In her eight years in government, she re-oriented the Commission’s role from project execution to influencing and monitoring government policies and programs to benefit women. She spearheaded the Philippine Development Plan for Women (PDPW), the first ever-blueprint to mainstream women’s concern in development. She resigned in 1994 to help implement the Second Decade National Thrust of PILIPINA, the National Organization of Filipino Women she helped organized in 1981 – Women and Public Power - to advocate the need for women to be present in different levels of decision-making from community organizations, NGOs, POs and other Civil Society groups to appointed and elected positions in government. She is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Women in Politics Institute, Philippines, the Philippine national affiliate of CAPWIP. She is fully committed to the building of the culture of peace and transformative leadership and citizenship towards gender responsive governance. Remmy is currently the Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).








Lucita S. Lazo is CAPWIP's Consultant. She was the former Regional Programme Director of the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) East-Southeast Asia Regional Office in Thailand. During her time, she worked on the oversight programs for feminized poverty, eliminating violence against women, gender and HIV/AIDS and gender and governance in the East and Southeast Asia region. She was an Undersecretary at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and has worked on the oversight of programs for workers’ protection and welfare promotion with special emphasis on rural workers, women workers, returning migrant workers and workers in the informal sector. She was also a former Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Lucy is also a  consultant of the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Commission (EC). Lucy has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from the University of the Philippines (UP).




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