Emy has been providing her services to PTFA as a Case Study Writer and Training/Workshop Facilitator and Documenter under the ADR RETA 6445 Project and the GPSA i-Pantawid Project. Trained as a social worker, her academic preparation and continuing exposure to issues and realities of people in communities has prepared her for the many years of development work. She has worked in various fields including refugee mental health program, sustainable development, mining governance, and social accountability. All these, while not within the framework of traditional social work, cover welfare and development issues, and are thus fields for development practice.

Emy has been involved in programs as a manager, researcher, program coordinator and documenter. She works for ANSA EAP as Fellow for the Mainstreaming Social Accountability in the Extractive Industry which involved training and mentoring of partners in 4 target countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste in doing social research, facilitating constructive engagement, and community monitoring. At the Ateneo School of Government, she managed a Mining Governance project and as part of the Environment Section of the School’s KPA (Knowledge Practice Area), she co-taught modules in environmental governance and shepherded some training of the Executive Education Program of the Ateneo School of Government. She also worked with Transparency International Philippines as Program Coordinator for Transparent Accountable Governance Project; as Project Director of Philippine Institute of Alternative Futures; and as Executive Coordinator for the Regional Secretariat of the National Councils for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

In some occasions, she stretched her interest in training to teaching in classrooms and off-school sessions. Given a lot of chance, she would like to do a documentation of the lives women and children in small scale mining communities, of Filipina loom weavers, of mango pickers.

Emy has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Asian Social Institute in Manila.