A society where Negrito communities have the right to define their own path to development based on their cultural identity.
To serve as a platform for collective action where empowered Negrito communities work toward the elimination of discrimination, protection of their ancestral territories, full recognition of their rights and cultural identity, and development of leadership potential within the framework of Negrito decision-making and political systems.
1 Support community organizing initiatives at the local level that empower Negrito communities to gain equal access to development initiatives.
2 Develop effective advocacy campaigns to address issues confronting Negrito communities, including rights to land and natural resources and forest conservation.
3 Forge partnerships with development organizations to work toward the recognition of the role of traditional healers in primary health care.
4 Empower Negrito women and youth in keeping with customary laws and practices.
Board of Trustees
Conchita C. Calzado
(Agta-Gen. Nakar, Quezon)
Conchita is an Agta-Dumagat of General Nakar, Quezon province. Since 1985, she has dedicated her life to the protection and recognition of the rights of the Agta-Dumagat. Because of her extensive experience and her commitment, she was appointed as the ethnographic commissioner of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples in 2010, completing a three-year term. After her government service she served as the executive director of the Tribal Center for Development (TCD), which serves the Agta-Dumagat people of the Sierra Madre mountains. Conchita is the current chairperson of SPNKK.
(Batak-Caramay, Roxas, Palawan)
Danilo is a Batak from Roxas, Palawan and is his community’s long-serving tribal chieftain. He has also been a member of the board of directors of the province-wide indigenous peoples coalition, Nagkakaisang mga Tribu ng Palawan (NATRIPAL). Danilo currently serves as the vice president of SPNKK, ensuring that the voices of the Batak communities are represented in the network.
Vince Michael A. Docta
Vince has served Negrito communities since the early 2000s, first as a University of the Philippines Los Baños student-volunteer and later as resource mobilization officer for Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP), where he supported development initiatives with numerous indigenous communities, including the Ayta in Tarlac and Batak in Palawan. Vince is SPNKK’s volunteer board secretary.
Emily C. Abella
Emily has more than 32 years of experience in combined accounting, finance, internal and external audit, administration and human resource management. She has conducted external audits of cooperatives, government and non-government organizations, and commercial enterprises. Her involvement with non-government organizations introduced her to SPNKK, where she serves as treasurer.
Ramcy C. Astoveza
(Agta-Gen. Nakar, Quezon)
Ramcy is an Agta-Dumagat from General Nakar, Quezon province. He has held leadership positions in various Agta-Dumagat organizations including volunteer, community facilitator, community organizer, researcher, deputy director, Kopselen (tribal governor), and executive director of the Tribal Center for Development (TCD). In 2016 he was appointed as ethnographic commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, representing the Negrito groups in Luzon.
(Ayta-Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac)
Jover is an Ayta from Capas, Tarlac. He served as tagapagboses (representative) of the Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng mga Ayta Inc. (KAKAI) in 2012, where his primary role was to mobilize Ayta communities to address issues affecting them. Jover was active in the formation of PAGMIMIHA, a people’s organization of thirteen villages working for the recognition of the Ayta ancestral domain, the protection of the environment, and the recognition of the rights of the Ayta. He is the current Matag-ay (chairman) of PAGMIMIHA and spearheads the organization’s ecological and cultural restoration initiative.
Perla Z. Moreno
(Ati-San Miguel, Guimaras)
Perla is a member of the Ati indigenous group from Guimaras Island. She is an active member of the Jordan Ati Community Association, a federation of five Ati settlements in the province. Perla is an expert hilot (traditional healer), and a knowledge bearer of Ati traditional medicines and health practices. As an indigenous leader, she has been an active advocate for the resolution of issues faced by the Ati communities in the region.
Melvin R. Guilleno
Melvin is a Manobo indigeous person from Agusan del Sur and has worked with indigenous communities since 2011. After two years implementing community development and empowerment initiatives with Ayta communities in Capas, Tarlac, he served as executive assistant to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples ethnographic commissioner for Region III. He is currently the SPNKK national coordinator, where his primary role is to strengthen the capacity of the network and provide oversight for the various programs implemented in SPNKK member communities.
Jermie is an Ayta from Capas, Tarlac. After graduating from the University of Southeastern Philippines through the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in 2011, he served as lead community organizer for KAKAI, a non-government organization based in Capas, Tarlac. His organizing work involved facilitating community mobilizations and dialogues with various government agencies and awareness raising, all with the goal of asserting the rights and interests of the Ayta communities. Jermie currently serves as SPNKK’s Luzon coordinator.
Caroline S. Evangelio
Caroline is an Ati from Aklan Province who has worked with the Ati communities in Aklan since 2001 as secretary of the Malay Highlanders Foundation, Inc. (MAHIFO). She serves as cluster head of the executive council of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in Aklan and Antique. In 2017, she was chosen as the youth chairperson of Panay Indigenous Congress National Cultural Communities Initiative Alliance. Caroline is SPNKK’s Visayas coordinator, where her role is to ensure the facilitation of project activities and consolidation of issues faced by the partner Negrito communities in the Visayas region.
Ma. Virginia Lantapon
Since 1994, Ginia has served with various organizations as an accountant and as auditing staff. She has extensive experience generating financial reports and variance analyses, preparing monthly bank reconciliation statements, and providing other finance related services. Her involvement with the NGO, Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), introduced her to SPNKK, where she serves as finance officer.
Earl Paulo Diaz
Communications and Advocacy
Earl has a background in information design, environmental science, and communication for development. His professional experience has always been geared towards facilitating support for communities. Earl is an SPNKK volunteer assisting in the design and development of various communication tools. Earl created the final design of the SPNKK logo.
Jenne de Beer
Health and Education
For the last four decades, Jenne has worked with forest dwelling indigenous communities, mostly in Southeast Asia. His work has focused on a broad range of matters relating to sustainable use and rights to forest resources. Together with an exceptional team, he is collaborating with People and Plants on the cultural revival and empowerment of the Negritos of The Philippines. This work is undertaken in partnership with SPNNK.
Ramil Allan Perez
Livelihood and Ecological Restoration
Ramil has a long history of working with marginalized groups in the areas of enterprise development, livelihood, and ecological restoration. His present interest in forest restoration as a means to combat climate change allows him to serve as a valuable resource in assisting SPNKK communities to revive their forest-based resources.
Kristine Mae Sumalinab
Lobbying and Advocacy
“Kring” is a Mandaya indigenous woman with a degree in anthropology and development studies. She has over 9 years of experience in youth leadership development, indigenous education, coalition building, and social entrepreneurship. As an SPNKK volunteer, her interest and experience in these areas enhance SPNNK’s programs and strategies.
Community Organizing and Organizational Development
Jane has worked with the eastern Pinatubo Ayta since 2002 in the areas of community organizing, ancestral domain claim making, and building leadership in the context of traditional decision making practices. She uses her experience helping build community-based organizations and her knowledge of anthropology to strengthen SPNKK as a network.
Community Mapping and Water System Development
Bruce's involvement with the Ayta communities began in 1999, when he was asked to help design and build potable water systems for isolated villages. He also assisted in the delineation of two ancestral domain claims. Bruce provides support by producing maps for SPNKK partner communities.
Nanabu, Caramay, Roxas, Palawan
Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Gen. Nakar, Infanta, Quezon
Don Salvador, Negros Occidental