Our Society Stewards
Susan Santos de Cárdenas, CEO & President.
Susan Santos Cárdenas specializes on sustainable tourism development and stewardship initiatives with Community Social Responsibility (CSR) at grassroots application. A savvy tourism professional and hotelier with more than 20 years’ experience managing sales, marketing, operations, events – M.I.C.E. and human resources development for start-ups and luxury hotel resorts, tour operators, travel agencies, lifestyle events and publications, in the Philippines, Singapore, Peru and Japan. A keynote speaker & resource person in capacity building and training workshops for sustainable tourism development to include Ecotourism, Community-based and Agri-tourism promotion. She was a consultant and adviser for Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines. She is Founding Board Member of the ASIAN ECOTOURISM NETWORK and the Philippines’ Country Representative and Trainer of GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM COUNCIL.
Elias “Eli” Gatanela, Jr. A real estate lawyer, a Realtor and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) of the United States of America. He heads his own company engaged in real estate appraisal/property valuation, realty brokerage, and property consulting, based in Bacolod City, Philippines. He was formerly a Legal Advisor in the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (U.N. Habitat) in the Philippines, for its Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) program involved in the Planned City Extensions for assisted Philippine cities, to create a sustainable and better urban future. He holds A.B. Economics, M.B.A. and Law degrees from the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. He also finished Executive Program for Real Estate Development at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). As a real estate professional, he is a Director and Vice-President of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association (CREBA) Negros Occidental Chapter, Inc. CREBA is the largest umbrella organization in the country’s real estate and housing industry composed of real estate developers and professionals in real estate practice.
Al Linsangan III, is an Environmental photographer by passion and ecotourism operator by profession, Executive Director of the Coron & Calamianes Cultural Conservation Networks Inc., our lead NGO Advocate for The Coron Initiative, working towards sustainable Coron in the next millennium. Soon after graduating from his Economics course, Al took off from his home town, Coron lived in the ancestral domain of the indigenous cultural communities of the Tagbanuas, immersing himself in its primitive living culture and from then on, trained and worked his way to become Coron, Palawan’s Eco expert to include: Bird watching basics, Reef assessment course, Environmental interpretation, Project Learning Tree & Water Education for Teachers (WET) workshops; Fisheries management & assessment workshop, under the USAID-F.I.S.H. project and Sustainable Environment Management Program – Northern Palawan (SEMP-NP). He took a Basic and Advanced Photography course, wand established several creative and authentic SME operations, to include Coron Galeri, an arts and crafts shop and Palawan Outdoors, an adventure specialist and expanded to Calamianes Expeditions and Eco tours, a low-priced full serviced tours utilizing the local service groups his Community Social Responsibility (CSR) at grassroots application. He set up the Calamianes Conservation & Cultural Networks Inc. (CCCN), an NGO that took part in the restoration and establishment of the Siete Pecados Marine Park, a coral reef sanctuary and the Calamian Geographic Society (a group of outdoor oriented youths supporting the programs of CCCNI, Tribu Calamianen, a Palawan indigenous cultural music group and ultimately Al3 Studios.
Marco Andreozzi , con-current CEO of Pegaso Canton has a doctorate in Engineering Management, a global senior professional with substantial industrial practices in Low-carbon economy and sustainable energy resources. He is an expert in special complex projects, temporary management, business strategy, international supply-chain, sales and marketing, market research, coaching. He had done projects in a matrix of international concurrent-teams, with familiarity in the Asia/Pacific and a good level of Mandarin language, with specialization in leadership, executive/management, international brand building. Former Managing Director of the Florence Energy Agency, he is currently leading an industry consulting and knowledge initiative for SMEs, trotting between his hometown Tuscany and China, where he lived since the early 1993. His major activities and projects include China agent of www.taimilano.com on safety valves for oil & gas, power and petro-chemical sectors; solar PV supply chain and product development; non for profit co-operation with China’s Ningxia-Hui Region; and on-the-job published research papers.
CALAMIANES CULTURAL CONSERVATIONS NETWORKS INC. – CCCNI, is our partner organization, SEC registered NGO based in Coron & Calamianes Group of Islands. Composed of experienced local stakeholders based on community involvement, skills and willingness to do voluntary work, CCCNI had plans and vision fortified by commitments of individual board members with experience in project management, notably the EU funded NIPAS, the Palawan State University and SEMP-NP. SEMP-NP’s support aims at establishing local capacity beyond project duration. This NGO is committed to communitybased projects with a positive vision to meet sustainable development in Calamianes.
CLEAN BLUE ASIA
The new industry standard for beach management and safety – ISO 13009
– the “Clean Blue Industry Standard” CBIS – to help provide beach operators with the information and guidance to effectively manage the beaches of Asia – Pacific.
GREEN FINS, Sustainable Diving & Snorkeling is an innovative Conservation initiative designed around threats to coral reef biodiversity. It is a practical system to implement environmentally friendly guidelines and a robust management and assessment system to monitor success and apply lessons learned. Green Fins in the Philippines was first launched in 2004 with many early success in trying to get the diving community to follow the Code of Conduct. Watch the Green Fins video YouTube channel.
Our International NGO Support
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM‘s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns catalyzes changes in tourism operations. It promotes transformation for sustainability through efficiency, innovation and adaptability. The Programme will support evidence-based decision-making; adopt a life cycle approach for continuous improvement, emphasize collaboration among stakeholders and results-based project implementation.
Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED), a regional group of eminent experts operating since its establishment in 2001 with the support by Ministry of the Environment, Japan, aims to address critical issues facing Asia and the Pacific and to propose new models for equitable and sustainable development of the region. APFED launched in 2005 the APFED Showcase Programme, implemented with the supporting institutional mechanism called the Asia-Pacific Regional Network of Policy Research Institute for Environmental and Sustainable Development (NetRes).
Our Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc.-SSTDI offers Capacity Building and Educational programs for hotels, destinations – LGUs, host communities, private stakeholders and the grassroots and tour operators with Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria. Training programs include Environmental Conservation, Good Governance, Climate Resilience, to address global challenges of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and climate change. WASTE TO ENERGY solutions are now offered to LGUs for their ecological solidwaste management and renewable energy solutions. For more information and assistance, contact us.