People

Green Power Palawan personnel.

Chief Exective Officer: Dr Ponciano Batugal.

Dr Ponciano Batugal is the CEO of GPPAC. He is President of the Farmers Community Development Foundation International of the Philippines, and Coordinator of the International Network of Community Based Organizations (INCBO).

  • National Research Leader, Coconut Cluster
  • Philippine Council for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)
  • Former Board Member of the Philippines Coconut Authority.
  • Coordinator, UNDP-funded project on “Developing a model to enhance food security and nutrition in the Philippines”
  • Coordinator, DAR-funded project on “Developing a climate change preparedness model to reduce poverty in agrarian reform communities of Ilocos Sur”
  • Coodinator, CHED-funded project on “Expanding the tropical fruit industry of Luzon”
  • Consultant to various Agribusiness and agricultural institutions.

SUMMARY OF MAJOR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • B. Sc. in Agriculture, major in plant breeding, cum laude, 1964. University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UP Fellowship)
  • M. Sc. major in horticulture, 1968. University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UP-Cornell Fellowship)
  • Ph. D. in Plant Physiology, 1972. University of California at Davis, USA (Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship)

Director and Corporate Secretary: Angelina Batugal 

Over 40 years of experience on agricultural research and development starting as Program Leader of Sunflower Breeding and Production Program of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in 1974 and implementer of the INPUTS (Increasing Productivity under Tight Supply) Project of the East- West Center in the Philippines; then as Project Coordinator of Tobacco Intercropping at  Philippine Tobacco Research  and Training Center (PTRTC); Program Manager of Technology Packaging for Countryside Development or Technoguide of the Philippine Council for Agricultural and Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) , and eventually Founding Trustee  and  current Research Director of the Farmers Community Development Foundation International  (FCDF).

As a Researcher, she developed project proposals, sourced research donors, designed and conducted agricultural experiments on various crops such as sunflower, cotton, vegetables, tobacco, legumes, rootcrops such as white potato and sweet potato, etc. As Program Leader, she coordinated researches of study leaders, reviewed experimental designs and data parameters, and evaluated and integrated the study results.

As a Development Worker, she developed community-based projects, designed and established interventions that would benefit the community, capacitate target participants and linked with concerned institutions to sustain the development project.

She did consultancy works as:  Lead Technical Consultant for Oxfam-funded project titled “Developing a Climate Change Preparedness Model to Reduce Poverty in Typhoon Yolanda Devastated Municipalities of Eastern Samar”;

Agronomist, Feasibility Studies for Developing the Agricultural and Natural Resources of Gabon (Africa) with Agribusiness Managers International, Inc.;

Institutional Development Specialist, Bhutan National Potato Development  Program, Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan; Farming Systems Consultant, Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, Inc.; Agribusiness Consultant,  Sarmiento Group of  Companies/ Vitarich, Phils.;  Social Preparation Specialist, Regional Development Center, Department of  Trade and Industry- Region IX, Philippines; Team Leader, Agricultural Training Institute’s Five-Year Training Network   Development Program, ATI – Department of Agriculture, Philippines; Fiber Crop Specialist, National Fiber Development Program, Fiber Industry  Development Authority, Philippines;

Project Coordinator, Smallholder Farmer Cum Post-harvest Development Project, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippines; Project Leader, Commercializing and Integrating Squash Hybrid Seed Production Technology into the Cropping Systems of Sto. Niño, Cagayan, Bureau of Agricultural Research; and Project Planning and Development/Institutional Consultant for various FCDF contract projects/studies with the Philippine Department of Agriculture and its various units.

Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. with Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Genetics as a Centro International de la Papa (CIP) Scholar; and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Science major in Soils at CLSU with special award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

She was recipient of various awards  such as:  Most Outstanding Development Award, The Los Banos Science Community, Philippines; Technology Development Award,  Department of  Science &  Technology,   Philippines; International Golden Award, International Research and Communication Center, Philippines;   Dr. Jose P. Rizal Immortal Award for Outstanding Integrated Area Development  Specialist and Community Development Expert, Philippine Experimental  Educational Research Society, Inc., Philippine; Andres Bonifacio Bayanihan Award- Community Leader, Bayanihan Charities,  Inc., Philippines; Golden Service Award- Food Production and Community Development, Fil-Asia Research Society, Inc., Philippines; Outstanding Model Lady Business Executive for Community Development and Civic  Leader of the New Society, Philippine Media Research, Inc., Philippines; Golden Medal of Honor, Philippine Experimental Education Research Society, Inc., Philippines; Annual Golden Award for Excellence, United Group of Charities and Human   Development, Inc., Philippines; Kalayaan Award – Outstanding Civic Leader, Community Charity Leadership Foundation, Philippines; Golden Leaf Award – Outstanding Community Leader, Sons  and Daughters of  Charity, Inc., Philippines; Outstanding Achievement Award, CLSU Alumni Association, Philippines; Recognition Award for Invaluable Support to the Filipino Overseas Workers in Singapore, Philippine Embassy/Labor Office, Singapore; and Hall of Fame Awardee – Outstanding Resource Person for Agribusiness, Filipino Workers Resource Center, Office of the Labor Attaché, Philippine Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

She  has  written  and  published  more than 40 scientific papers and reviewed the  technical  accuracy of  various research papers of co-workers for  publication in  terms  of  experimental design,  data analyses  and  interpretations.

Chairman: Kevin Crocombe

Kevin’s business experience includes several years in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry and is involved in complementary medicine in Australia.

Board Member: David Carpenter

David Carpenter is a New Zealander with an extensive background in property development, construction and management in the Czech Republic and New Zealand.