Professor of Political Science and Scientist I at University of the Philippines Visayas in Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines. Obtained Masters and PhD degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA on a Fulbright-Hayes scholarship. Completed research projects on civil-military engagements in disaster response (2006 mudslide in Southern Leyte; 2008 M/T Solar I oil spill; 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; 2013 Typhoon Haiyan) featuring international humanitarian assistance and inter-governmental (national-local) linkages, with funding support from UP System Research and Creative Work Grant; UP Visayas Oil Spill Response Program; The Nippon Foundation; and Peace Winds America. Authored chapters and edited books on disaster response dynamics (Life Interrupted: Social Science Insights on the 2006 M/T Solar 1 Oil Spill (2014); Civil-Military Cooperation in Emergency Relief (2010); Frameworks and Partnerships: Improving HA/DR in the Pacific (2015). Published related journal articles in Scientia Militaria, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis and Philippine Political Science Journal.
Taking Stock, Building Upon: The International Dimension of Civil-Military Cooperation in the Response to Typhoon Haiyan. Research project funded by Peace Winds America. July 2013 to July 2015.
Civil-military Relations in Disaster Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation Activities: the Case of Brgy. Guinsangon, St. Bernard, Leyte. Principal Investigator. Research funded by University of the Philippines Creative and Research Scholarship Grant. 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009.
Civil-Military Cooperation in International Humanitarian and Civil Emergency Activities by Japanese Security Forces in Indonesia and the Philippines. Principal Investigator. Research funded by The Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectual (API) Follow-Up Grant. August 2007 to February 2008.
Communicating Disaster Management: Documentation, Assessment of Good Practices and Reform Initiatives by Stakeholders in the Solar I Oil Spill in Guimaras, Philippines. Principal Investigator. University of the Philippines Oil Spill Research Project 07-18. October 2007 to September 2008.
Civil-Military Relations in International Humanitarian and Civil Emergency Activities of the Austrian Armed Forces. Principal Investigator. Research funded by the Austrian Exchange Services’ North-South Dialogue Program. University of Innsbruck, Austria. November 2006- April 2007.