Officers & Board Members


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Skilty C. Labastilla


Skilty is Instructor at Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture. Since 2001, he has been involved in policy research on governance, children and youth, gender and masculinities, and housing and informal settlements. 


Gideon Lasco

Vice-President for Luzon

Gideon is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, and Research Fellow at the Development Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University.  His research interests include human stature, drug use, ethnomedicine, health systems, and the politics of health.

Romeo J. Toring, Jr.

Vice-President for Visayas

Meong is Instructor at the Department of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences of the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte. He finished his bachelor's degree in Philosophy at San Carlos Seminary College, Cebu City, and his Masters's degree at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. His research interests include culture, history, philosophy, and the digital landscape.

Rosalinda C. Tomas

Vice-President for Mindanao

Ago is Associate Professor and currently the Chairperson of the Anthropology Department at the Ateneo de Davao University. Her research interests and engagements focus on the environment and resource management, disasters and climate change, indigenous education and ancestral domain management.


Zona H.S. Amper


Zona is Full Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History of the University of San Carlos in Cebu. Her research interests are aligned with the Anthropology of development specifically on impacts of globalization on local knowledge and practices in agricultural, coastal, slum, ethnic, and small island communities.

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Marjury E. Dino


Marj is faculty member of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History and a research associate of the Center for Social Research and Education at the University of San Carlos. Her research interests include anthropology of development, globalization, peasant studies, community development, and indigenous knowledge.


Ma. Arve B. Bañez

Board Member

Arve is Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas and a PhD Candidate in Development Studies at the Ateneo de Davao University. Her research interests include artisanal fishing, women in fisheries, local ecological knowledge, and issues in qualitative educational research.

Eulalio R. Guieb III

Board Member


Melvin A. Jabar

Board Member

Melvin is a faculty member of the Behavioral Sciences Department and the current Director of the Social Development Research Center of the De La Salle University Manila. His research interests include health social science, family, and education.

Nota F. Magno

Board Member

Padmapani L. Perez

Board Member


Suzanna R. Roldan

Board Member

Josefina Soccoro Tondo

Board Member


Daniel SG Yeoh

Board Member

Daniel is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the School  of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Monash University Malaysia.  He is an urban anthropologist with research interests in Malaysia,  the Philippines, and Indonesia. He is currently the Deputy Head of SASS (Research).

Cynthia N. Zayas

Board Member

Chim is retired Professor and currently Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines Center for International Studies (UPCIS). She is a maritime anthropologist who specializes in Indigenous/local knowledge and cultures of disaster. Her field studies are in the Philippines and Japan. She was also former UPCIS Director and former chair of Philippine Social Science Council.


Jessie G. Varquez, Jr.

Ex-Oficio - Executive Director

Jessie is faculty member at the Behavioral Sciences Department of the De La Salle University in Manila. His research broadly explores human-environment relations and livelihood strategies. Currently, he is studying human-dried fish relations while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He has been involved in UGAT since 2009.


Maria F. Mangahas

Ex-Oficio - Aghamtao Editor

Maria is Professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Anthropology. Her fieldwork has been on coastal and small-scale fishing communities (Batanes and Samal Island). She has also investigated the phenomenon of digitized 'scandals' and media piracy, as well as the history of Philippine anthropology. She was President of UGAT in 2014-2017. 

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