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2021-2022 Officers

The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) set of Officers.
EnP. Maria Jorquesa A. Hakcholna

EnP. Maria Jorquesa A. Hakcholna


•   Master of Arts in Urban and Habitat Planning

Joy currently serves as the National President of PIEP. She has previously served as PIEP National Secretary and Luzon Cluster Director, and the Chapter President of PIEP Northern Luzon Chapter.

She has a solid thirty years of experience in the private and public sectors and eight years in the academe, practicing in Architecture, construction, Real Estate and Environmental Planning fields. She has been involved in land use studies, land value capture assessment, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) regional and urban master planning, Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development, Social and Environmental Carrying Capacity, Ecological Sanitary Landfill, Materials Recovery Facilities, urban design, airport, schools, commercial and residential/subdivision projects all over the Philippines. Based in the Cordilleras, she substantially contributed to various professional organizations, and advocate research-based sustainable environmental developments, both tangible and intangible.

She is a Master of Arts in Urban and Habitat Planning Cum Laude graduate from the Saint Louis University, where she is now finishing Doctor of Engineering Major in Urban and Regional Planning. She finished BS Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas.

EnP. Levy O. Espinas

EnP. Levy O. Espinas

Executive Vice President

•   Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning
•   Diploma in Real Estate Management
•   Diploma in Urban Infrastructure Planning and Management- Colombo Scholar

Ar.EnP Levy is presently the PIEP National Executive Vice President. He is the Charter President of PIEP Sorsogon Chapter-2018. Likewise, he is the Charter President of UAP Sorsogon Chapter 2000 and the UAP Bicol Regional District Director 2006. Coming from the ground, he has the hands-on experience in the formulation of PDPFP, CLUP, CDP, FLUP, CDRA, LCCAP, LDRRMP, LSP, LTDP and other locally manadated plans. He revolutionized the idea of master planning as a complementary detailed vision of the land use plan, doing this to three Towns. His most significant contribution as planner is the Sorsogon-Samar Seamless Corridor connecting Luzon and the Visayas. A nationally significant project, it addresses the disruption of mobility of goods and services during storm surges. He advocates the creation of Task Force 10587 to assist the plights of fellow EnPs in the public sector. Ar.EnP Levy envisions the MegaManila Framework 2040 with EnPs and PIEP at the forefront.

EnP. Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon

EnP. Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon

Vice President - Luzon

•   Master of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning)

Hon. Yaranon has been a member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners since 2002 and is one of the founding members of the North Luzon Chapter where she served as the Chapter Treasurer. She is currently elected as a City Councilor of Baguio City with Chairmanship on the Committee on Public Works, and membership for the Committee on Urban Planning Lands and Housing and Committee on Education and Culture. As an environmental planner and architect, she specializes on comprehensive land use planning, environmental studies and planning, and designing infrastructure.

EnP. Omar Maxwell P. Espina

EnP. Omar Maxwell P. Espina

Vice President - Visayas

•   Masters of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning

He has been in private practice since 1978 in the firm Espina, Perez-Espina & Associates, a partnership established in 1947 by his parents, Cristobal B. C. Espina and Filomena Perez-Espina, both of whom were architects. He has been the principal partner of the firm since 1985, and has designed various residential, commercial and institutional buildings and complexes up to the present. He was an associate professor at the University of San Carlos between 1983 to 2018 and served as Dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts between 2002 to 2010. He was elevated Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines in 1990. He was accredited as an APEC architect in 2005 and as an ASEAN architect in 2020.

EnP. Josefino S. Bascug

EnP. Josefino S. Bascug

Vice President - Mindanao

Dr. Josefino Saavedra Bascug is a lecturer on rural and urban planning at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology School of Graduate Studies-Sustainable Development Studies Program. He is the PIEP National Board’s Vice President for Mindanao Cluster for the term 2021-2022 and also the Chairman for the Committee on Research and Vice Chairman for the Committee on Knowledge Management. He is also a Member of the various standing committees such as Membership, Convention, etc. Dr. Bascug is a National Board of Director of the Asia Pacific Evaluators Association (APEA) – Philippine Evaluators for Development-Pilipinas Development Evaluators Association (PHILDEV) for the term 2021-2024. Dr. Bascug is also an independent project management consultant engaged in foreign-funded projects of the DENR-FASPS. He is also the program coordinator for policy and governance of the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA), a regional NGO implementing the bay-wide integrated coastal management and ecosystems approach in fisheries management of Macajalar Bay in Northern Mindanao.

EnP. Jonathan John G. Maldupana

EnP. Jonathan John G. Maldupana


•   Post-graduate degrees in Urban and Regional Planning

JT has a strong professional background in the fields on environmental planning, real estate brokerage and appraisal, and accounting; he is also a certified Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence Professional and Climate Reality Leader. He is currently a faculty member teaching Planning Analysis and a member of the Continuing Professional Development Council of the Professional Regulatory Board of Environmental Planning. As an environmental planner, he specializes on land use planning for local government units, master planning, feasibility studies, and geographic information system mapping.

EnP. Donna Belle C. Pongase

Arch./EnP. Donna Belle C. Pongase


•   Master of Science in Urban Environmental Management
     (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)

Architect Pongase is active in both the professions of environmental planning and architecture. She specializes on comprehensive land use planning, disaster management and rehabilitation planning, and construction management. She also has extended her planning expertise in the academe when she served as a Full Instructor for the University of San Carlos where she taught urban design, urban planning, and professional practice.

EnP. Maria Theresa L. Quimpo

EnP. Maria Theresa L. Quimpo


•   Master of Arts (Urban Regional Planning)

Architect Mia has served the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners since 2015 where she held the positions of National Secretary and Publications Committee Chairperson, National President, and National Auditor; and is currently serving her fourth term as Public Relations Officer and Media Committee Chairman. She is currently the Head of Innovation and Design at Ayala Land Estates Inc. As a professional environmental planner and architect with over thirty years of experience, she specializes on land use studies, master planning, and professional consultancy.

Board of Trustees

The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) Board of Trustees for 2021-2022.
EnP. Maria Ana M. Pulido

Engr./EnP. Maria Ana M. Pulido

Engineer Ana specializes on urban planning and civil engineering and has translated this through her companies: M Pulido Engineering and Urban Planning Services ang WorkPack System Company. She is currently active in various professional organization including the Philippine Evaluators for Development, Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements, New Zealand Planning Institute, and the American Evaluation Association. Her interests include evaluation of the planning process, balancing land uses and urban development, raising the bar on professional practice, and amplifying the voices of marginalized groups.

EnP. Roberto G. Dizon

EnP. Roberto G. Dizon

•   Masters in Management

EnP Roberto is serving his second term for the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners National Board. Prior to this, he spearheaded the formation of the Quezon Chapter and was elected as Chapter President. He is currently the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator in the Municipality of Candelaria. He has over 40 years’ experience in the academe and both private and public sector, both as an elective official and a career service official. He specializes in local development planning, strategic planning, public investment programming, public administration, and training facilitation. He is also an advocate of employing environmental mitigation and adaptation measures for various plans and projects.

EnP. Adolfo V. Encila, Jr.

EnP. Adolfo V. Encila, Jr.

•   Masters in Public Administration
•     Masters in Development Management and Governance

EnP Jun is the Chairman of the Continuing Professional Development and was the former Chapter President of the Camarines Chapter. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and an accredited Continuing Professional Development Lecturer. He owns a realty firm in Naga City and has a wide range of experience in the public sector both as an elective official and as an environmental planner. His expertise includes integrated area development, water resource watershed management, land use and housing, coastal and forest management, and local legislation.

EnP. Rene M. Babera

EnP. Rene M. Babera

•   Post Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

EnP Rene was the former Director and Committee Chair for Professional Practice in the National Capital Region Chapter. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the public sector and is currently affiliated with a state-run oil company. He specializes on local land use planning, public transportation planning, climate change, disaster management, social development, and environmental impact assessment.

EnP. Jose Alfonso V. Barizo

Engr./EnP. Jose Alfonso V. Barizo

Hon. Barizo was the former President in the Albay Chapter. He has a strong professional background in the fields of environmental planning and civil engineering; he also has certification as a Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence Professional. He has extensive experience in public service and is currently serving his second term as an elected official as a City Councilor of the City of Legazpi with Chairmanship in the Committee of Laws and Rules, Committee on Public Order and Safety, and Committee on Public Utilities and Transportation; Chairperson of the City Public law Enforcement and the Local Traffic Consultative Council; and is the Permanent Alternate of City Mayor Rosal who is the Chairperson of the Albay Gulf Management and Development Council. He is also affiliated with the Rotary Club of Legazpi West, Transportation Science Society of the Philippines, and Road Engineers Association of the Philippines - Albay Chapter. His interests include environmental protection and conservation, mangrove and beach forest rehabilitation, community-based aquaculture farming in remote areas, and vertical mudcrab farming.

Immediate Past President

EnP. Edgardo D. Sabado

EnP. Edgardo D. Sabado

•   Master of Arts in Public Administration

Engineer Ed is the immediate past president of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners. He is currently the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator of the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya with specialty projects including environmental monitoring of large scale mining projects and the Addalam sub-River Basin management. He has expertise in urban and regional land use planning, strategic development planning, sectoral planning, forest land use planning, environmental examination, environmental performance report and management, environmental monitoring, project development and management, project monitoring and evaluation, and geographic information system mapping.