The Board of Trustees of MEF

MEF Board of Trustees are volunteers and practitioners

PHUMP 3 Public Launch

MEF is providing support to 15 barangays in Pampanga under PHUMP 3


For the last 12 years, MEF have been instrumental in the establishment of over 1,000 Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) in the country. This was achieved by conducting workshops and seminars to over 2,500 barangays, 100 Cities and Municipalities, and hundreds more from the academe, NGO’s, government agencies, religious organizations and private sectors. A total of more than 130,000 people – from Mayors, Barangay Captains, Church and community leaders, government agencies and academes and even to students and housewives attended the workshops and seminars.

In the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, MEF played an active role in implementing a waste prevention and recycling program geared at making the event more earth friendly.

Recently, the Provincial Government of Northern Samar declared zero waste management (ZWM) as its framework and long term goal for the province thus becoming the first province to have a province wide Zero Waste Management Plan.

The MEF Board and Trainers are conducting more workshops all over the country.


We conduct workshops on ecological waste management to the different sectors of society - barangays, cities, schools, church organizations, government offices, private offices, civic organizations and business establishments.

Our goals for the workshops are:

• Education and awareness of the people on environment protection and proper waste management, reduction of waste, segregation at source composting and recycling towards a zero waste society.

• Decentralization of waste management through the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in every barangay or in a cluster of barangays and in schools, offices, churches, and business establishments. A MRF must have a composting area and a small warehouse to temporary store the clean recyclables. The clean recyclables are sold to the junk shops for ultimate sale to the factories. These MRFs, because they are such in small scales, are not capital intensive as differentiated from MRFs in industrialized countries. No expensive and highly technical equipment are needed.


With members and volunteers nationwide, brought together by the common aspiration of harnessing collective energy towards healing and renewing the planet, MEF’s Board of Directors and Officers is led by:
Chairman: Sonia Mendoza (former NGO Commissioner of the National Solid Waste Management Commission)
President: Froilan Grate (Environmental educator and consultant)
Vice President - External: Estelita Reyes (businesswoman and church leader)
Vice President - Internal: Arlen Ancheta (Professor)
Treasurer: Diana Barcelona (businesswoman and civic leader)
Secretary: Tootsie Moreno-Vicente (businesswoman and civic leader)
Assistant Secretary: Junie Quilatan (Professor)
Legal Counsel: Alonzo Ancheta (corporate lawyer)
Auditor: Molly Kraut (businesswoman and civic leader)

Founding Chairman is businesswoman and civic leader Teresita Choa.

MEF Staff

Officer in Charge: Maricon Alvarez
Program Manager, Zero Waste Pilipinas: Shelly Carbonel
Program Manager, Zero Waste Youth: Raphael Villavicencio
Program Manager, Plastic-Free Philippines: Maricon Alvarez
Senior Consultant: Mercy Sumilang
Administrative Officer: Tin Gonzales

Waste Workers Coordinator: Dina Catapang
Community Organizer: Luz Sandoy

Communications: Maniel Oyek
Creatives: Khate Nolasco

Pampanga Field Office
Project Officer: Armen Villanueva

Nueva Vizcaya Field Office
Project Officer:
Municipal Coordinators:
Community Organizers:

Batangas Field Office

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Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) is an NGO of men and women from the Philippines who seek to raise the level of public awareness on environmental issues and mobilize people to act positively on the resolution of these issues.

Mother Earth is an active member of Eco Waste Coalition, GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), PNCC (Philippine Network for Climate Change), Partnership for Clean Air, ZWIA (Zero Waste International Alliance)and IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network). MEF lobbied for the passage of the Clean Air Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. We were instrumental in changing the title from “Integrated” to “Ecological”.

Mother Earth is also an active member of the Northern Samar Coalition for Alleviation of Poverty, a multi sectoral partnership formed to address specific issues faced by the people of Northern Samar.

We believe that the highest ethics is the common good. No town is too far to reach, no group too small to teach. For us, glocalization is the name of the game – a global perspective, with a firm reality check when the vision is translated into action. We work to propagate the knowledge, through a vision that is as high, as far and as wide as can be, coupled with work that is as local as can be.