Overview, Vision & Mission
Pusod, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit
organization whose Mission is to Protect and Enhance
the Ecosystems of The Philippines, and to show their significance
to the world . Pusod was formed in Manila
on March 2004 to further the work originally begun in 1995
by the Babilonia Wilner Foundation .
Our vision is a world where people
and communities are energized by their cultural and ecological
wealth; live with reverence for earth and all life; and naturally
prosper in diverse, self-sustaining local economies in which
all beings thrive."
Pusod believes we owe our success to the communities we serve.
Our policy is to work in areas and on projects where
we have been asked to participate by local individuals, communities,
governments, sustainable businesses and NGOs. In this way Pusod
works with respect for local wisdom, and in participation with
all available stakeholders for fruitful partnerships and results.
Pusod has worked throughout the Southern
Tagalog region and in Marinduque and Northern Mindoro. Current
programming focuses on areas of Batangas that include such
national treasures as the Taal Lake Basin, Mt. Malarayat ,
and Balayan Bay , which is renowned for having some of the
highest levels of endemic marine life in the entire world.
Pusod also maintains a presence in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Pusod US operates as a program of
the Babilonia Wilner Foundation in tandem with Pusod Philippines.
Since 1999, Pusod has been the only Philippine-based
program to bring a steady stream of awareness of overall Philippine
environmental issues - in all its triumphs and tragedies -
to the United States. In doing so, Pusod highlights not only
the magnitude of Philippine environmental -- and therefore
economic and cultural -- concerns, but also how they affect
and are affected by people's actions and policies in the U.S.
Pusod's constant tool for advocating protection
of our environment and the well-being of local communities
is our award-winning, Tagalog-language weekly newspaper, Balikas
. Going beyond regular reporting, Balikas aims for journalistic
coverage that equips people with the information to help create
healthier communities and a healthier world.
Click here for more
information on Pusod's work.
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Board of Trustees
Ricky Nuñez, President
Ipat Luna, Secretary
Mary Lou Babilonia Salcedo
An "active" board, Pusod's trustees donate
countless professional hours in addition to regular board
service. Almost all the trustees have served as Executive
Director of Pusod Inc., and/or its parent organization the
Babilonia Wilner Foundation, at some point in the past 12
years. All but the two newest additions to the Board
are also the original Founders of Pusod, Inc.
Ann Hazel Javier, Executive Director
Badeth Mendoza, Bookkeeper
Arvel Malubag - Project Assistant, Taal Volcano Protected Landscape
Jen Dimas-Edrial, Project Officer, Malarayat
Jay-o Castillo, Administrative Project Assitant
In addition to our dedicated Staff, Pusod
is also grateful to our large body of dedicated, tireless
volunteers, both in the Philippines and the United States.
Without them our work and joy would not be complete.
Some, but not all, of our
partnerships have included teaming up organizations such as
Tanggol Kalikasan, Lucena, Quezon
SAMMACA, Calatagan, Batangas
Phililppine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)
Kilusan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal, Taal Lake Basin
Creative Collective Coalition (CCCI)
FACES (Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solutions)
Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), Banahaw
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquativ Resources
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Philippines National Museum
Southern Luzon State University (SLSU)
University of the Philippines
University of San Francisco Philippines Studies Program
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
IMS Industrial Imaging Science
Batangas State University (BSU)
Asian Institute of Management, Makati
De La Salle University
Ateneo de Naga University
University of Kansas
First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities
RCM Manufacturing Inc.
GeoInfometrics Solutions Co.
and Local and National Government Officials
whose dedication to our environment and people is to be saluted.
We give special thanks to the ongoing support
and shared vision of The Babilonia Wilner Foundation.
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Our agimat, or logo, was inspired by a blend
of our totem, the pawikan, or sea turtle, and the pusod, which
means belly button and umbilical cord in Tagalog and Bisayan.
We remain ever grateful to the talents of artist Lakandiwa
de Leon, who created this symbol for Pusod.
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