People of PhilYCM

Esperanza Garcia, Founder

Esperanza Garcia was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. Her active role in the international sphere has allowed her to play leadership roles as a global youth leader, speaker, climate change policy negotiator, and educator. Her extensive public sector experience is in climate change, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, local government, and international relations with exposure to UN development.
Her career is marked by focus in sustainability as demonstrated by co-founding, managing, and serving as sustainability development director for global and local youth organizations and advocating and lobbying for policies in government and at climate change and sustainable development multilateral conferences. She was Co-Founder & Member of Executive Board of the International Youth Council  which has provided educational resources & leadership opportunities to young global leaders. As Co-Founder, she developed and managed International Youth Council which assists young global leaders in developing entrepreneurial projects and campaigns to support sustainable development projects on a local, regional, and international level. The organization currently has 10,000 members in our social media networks and 30 chapters globally. She founded the Philippine Youth Climate Movement which has educated and mobilized 50,000 young Filipinos through visiting schools & universities all over the Philippines by raising climate change awareness and environmental activism. Through this she conceptualized and launched the “Climate Hero” award and recognized over 30 young Filipinos for their work on climate change all over the Philippines. PhilYCM also enhanced the role of Philippine youth in the UN Climate Change negotiations. She is also the founding president of Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development,  which co-organized NY+20 a youth-led movement for action on sustainable development within the framework on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) where a “Youth Statement” was established and lobbied for at Rio+20. Read more at

Vivienne Zerrudo

Viv graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, BS Environmental Science.


The Law of Nature Foundation, Project Coordinator
Philippine Youth Environment Network, Advisor
Kanlungan Pilipinas, External Vice President
Clean Air Youth Alliance,
Ateneo Environmental Management Coalition,
Student Representative Core group member
Council of Organizations in the Ateneo, Health and Environment Cluster Head
Ateneo Environmental Science Society, Externals Vice President
Director of Alumni Affairs
Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia and the Pacific- Youth, Deputy Chair
Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable and Consumption- Youth, Deputy Chair
Senior Thesis: The Ecological Footprint of the Loyola Schools
for the School year 2007-2008

Desiree Llanos Dee, Campaign Manager


Global Xchange Programme Team 107 (May- September 2010)
Voluntary Service Overseas Bahaginan and British Council
Youth Participation Team – London Borough of Hounslow, U.K.
Ocean Care Advocates, Inc., Cebu
Loyola Mountaineers Vice President (2009-2010)
Public Relations Officer (2008-2010)
Citizen’s Action for Reforestation Mindoro , Project co-head
Clean up Climbs, Project co-head
Senior Thesis: The Perceived Impact of the Biak-na-Bato Ecotourism Program on the Environmental Attitudes of the Local Hosts

Des graduated with a degree in BS Psychology.

Christopher “Kester” Yu, Policy and Adaptation Director


Isko Cleans UP (ICU), Project Head
Philippine Youth Environment Network, Advisor
College of Sctonience Student Council, University of the Philippines
University Student Council, UP-Diliman,
Number 1 Councilor, 2009-2010
University of the Philippines Environmental Monitoring Laboratory
University of the Philippines Environmental Society, President
University of the Philippines Association of Biology Majors
University of the Philippines Marine Biological Society
University of the Philippines Geological Society
Capacity Building towards Caves, Karsts and Limestone Forest Biodiversity Conservation
Senior Thesis: Geologic Map of North Western Mindoro Occidental and the Geohazards attributed to Kaingin (slash and burn) in the Abra de Ilog Region

Anna Oposa, Director for Media Relations


Writer (Philippine Daily Inquirer 2BU Section, the Philippine Online Chronicles, CodeRED, Metro Magazine, Philippine Star, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, The Natural Shelf,,
Resource Speaker for seminars of environmental education, solid waste management, blogging
Isko Cleans UP, Co-Project Head
Global Legal Action on Climate Change, Program Coordinator
UP Marine Biological Society’s 2010 International Coastal Cleanup: KalikaSining, Project Head
UP Marine Biological Society’s 2009 International Coastal Cleanup: Saklolo Taklobo, Co-Program Head
Philippine Youth Ambassador to SEA countries and Japan, 35th Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program
Denso Youth for Earth Action 2010, Junior Facilitator
Denso Youth for Earth Action 2009, Participant

She is taking up English Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She blogs here and tweets here.


5 thoughts on “People of PhilYCM

  1. Kindly allow us to attached photo albums to report our activities, viz:

    1. The SK Federation of Maasin City calling for action to lobby the challenge to local leaders, viz:

    2. Local leaders answering the call, viz:

    3. Start up initiative, viz:

    4. City dump site scavengers. Creating the hub for the campaign. Recycling biodegradable, supplying compost material as composite product in seedling preparation. Both alleviating income while minimizing volume of garbage in the city landfill, viz: Share this album with anyone by sending them this public link:

    The challenge to plant a million this 2010 maybe a cry but we have visited more local leaders, school heads and lately, the Bishop of the Diocese.

    It would only take 10 schools to raise 100,000 seedlings or 100 community chapels to raise 10,000 seedlings or inspire 10,000 individuals to create a backyard tree plant nursery of only 100 seedlings.

    Should we can synchronized the above, maybe we can fulfill the challenge in just a one day event.

    Thank you and more power to us all.

    Sincerely yours,


    1. Hello Nelson,

      Sorry for the late reply, I’ve checked the FB page and it seems members can already add photos albums to the account. We would greatly appreciate any contribution to the site and it’s cause.

      Thank you

      Sincerely Yours,

  2. ahhmm., how can we join your activities?? or how can we be a member of your movement?,. I and my brotherhood have the same perspective as yours. We engage in the principle of PAGLINGKURAN ang SAMBAYANAN,we want to make some moves to help saving our environment but we don’t know how to start., maybe you can help us making some project here in our town, Bacacay, Albay Philippines.

    1. Hi Jan-jan,
      It’s always great to hear from people of the same principle and passion for the environment. You can enlist yourself and maybe encourage your friends as well to sign up in our database, so you will be contacted for activities within your area, you can find the link to the database in the ‘Get Involved‘ page


      You can join our Facebook Page:
      and get immediate updates on activities happening in local areas around the country.

      Thanks and kudos! Awareness is always the first step to tackling a social issue.


  3. i already fill out all the needed information …. so i am willing to joined in all the activities of the movement ….just inform me of what are the upcoming projects and activities of this group…. i assure u that my self, my students our organization
    and our school will always support all the program and activities of this group… u just inform me and i will join….

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