Center Staff

Core Staff

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.

Nimfa G. Malapitan is CAPWIP's Executive Assistant. Nimfa is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree of B.S. in Tourism. Nimfa handles all the logistics and administrative arrangements for CAPWIP’s meetings, congresses and trainings. She makes sure that all incoming and outgoing communications are promptly managed.

Joey O. Dimaandal is the Project Officer for the Asia Pacific Decision-Making and Transformative Leadership. Joey was formerly connected with the Foundation for Media Alternatives, a service institution whose mission is to explore the strategic use of the various communications media for democratization and popular empowerment, managing the content of civil society community websites such as Balay and Asia Caucus. He worked with the Philippine Franchise Association as Project Officer for its first Asia-Pacific Franchise Show in 1999 and with Foundation for Development Alternatives, a non-profit organization working with urban poor communities, as Education and Publications Officer. He finished his B.S. in Industrial Engineering at the M.S. Enverga University. Joey served as President of the University Collegiate Student Council and has worked with activist student organization called the Alyansa ng mga Kristiyanong Mag-aaral or AKMA.

Lea S. Joaquin is  CAPWIP's Project Officer for training and special projects. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Law. She is also a freelance writer,  having written several articles for print and online media. Lea is a lawyer and an accredited Mediator of the Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) of the Supreme Court.

Working Trustees

Patricia Licuanan is one of the three working trustees of CAPWIP based in the Philippines. Close associates call her Tati. She holds a PhD in Psychology and she is currently the president of Miriam College. 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.

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.


Mafe de Sagon has been one of CAPWIP's consultants since 1997. She was our main consultant in the development of a three-year capability building programme for women in politics in the Asia-Pacific region. For the past ten years, Mafe's career has been in social development and governance, occupying positions in both government and non-government organizations. She worked as the Chief-of-Staff then chairman of the Philippine's Commission on Elections, the government agency responsible for the conduct and supervision of elections. As an advocate of electoral reforms, she was part of a non-government group which in 1998 produced the first CD-ROM on understanding and shaping Philippine. She now leads the staff of a legislator representing the Batanes Province to the House of Representatives. This often takes her home to the beaches of her native Batanes Islands.

Evangeline "Geline" Sucgang has been a CAPWIP consultant since 1997. She was responsible for documenting the proceedings of our 3rd and 4th Asia-Pacific. Geline worked at Caritas Manila, the social development agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila for 9 years where she supervised the Communications and Campaign office; coordinated the Information, Education and Communication Program for HIV-AIDS Prevention; and supervised the Research and Evaluation Unit. She left Caritas in 1996 as the manager of the Research and Technical Services Division. Geline now works with the Women in Politics Institute, Philippines (WPI), a national affiliate of CAPWIP, in setting up a pilot database for women in politics. Geline is an MA candidate majoring in Social and Community Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University. She is finishing her thesis and taking violin lessons.



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Dated: April 2, 2005