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Meet The Team

Jo Samson

Program Associate

Jo Samson

Jo is part of a team that provides training to capacitate the Community towards Disaster Preparedness, Technical Assistance on Securing Safety of Informal Settler Families (ISFs) in Metro Manila. She has handled workshop facilitation for group activities in Community Risk Assessment (CRA), Contingency Planning (CP) and Early Warning System (EWS). She had a facilitation stint in the Municipal Wide Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Planning in Iloilo.


Recent Training credits include Area Coordination with the Diocesan Social Action Center, DSAC Malolos for CDP and Project SUCCESS of Catholic Relief Service (CRS).


A graduate of the Philippine Normal University where she majored in Psychology, Jo has been an educator for several years, she has been comfortable facilitating children and young adults in Child-Oriented Participatory Risk Assessment and Planning, (COPRAP). She once in a while engaged in Pro-bono Earthquake Drill as well as Flood Drills in various areas in Metro Manila.

Tin Derafera

Program Associate

Tin Derafera

Tin is a member of the Training and Capacity Development team of CDP since July 2013. Her primary tasks include provision of technical assistance relating to capacity building for community based DRRM. Apart from CBDRRM, her areas of interest include DRRM planning for the local government and module development. Furthermore, she is a Licensed Environmental Planner and has experience in ecological profiling and crafting of comprehensive development plan.


Among her major engagements as a Program Associate of CDP include the DRRM Capacity Enhancement Project of JICA and OCD and the Be Secure Project of AECOM and USAID.

She previously worked as a technical staff for DRRM under the AECID-Parma Project and for the Monitoring and Evaluation Project in the Local Government Academy of the DILG. She also worked as a researcher in the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCr).


Tin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography from UP Diliman in 2009. She completed her Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning in 2014 in the same university respectively

Jannel Ernieta

Project Staff

Jannel Ernieta

Jannel is a staff member under the project Pinnovation Academy. She graduated in 2019 from the Laguna Science and Technology College with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Her background is primarily in clerical and administrative work, but she is currently undergoing rigorous training in DRRM as the project she is engaged in aims to help partner communities and innovators to foster and develop community-led and -driven initiatives geared toward resilience and sustainability.

Egay Lascano

Program Associate

Egay Lascano

Though Edgar had experiences in disaster related activities, it was not geared towards risk reduction. He has been occasionally assisting in disaster response activities since 1990 by being a volunteer in relief operations. Sometime in 2004-2006, he was designated as the Disaster Officer of a secondary public school in the City of Valenzuela, in-charge of the school’s disaster plan.


Edgar’s entry to the Center for Disaster Preparedness in 2013 marked his involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) work. He started assisting in the writing of project mid-term reports for the project Technical Assistance on Securing the Safety of Informal Settlers Families. Simultaneously, he was given the opportunity to do documentation of workshops under the said project. Thereafter, he became a part of the facilitators’ team which conducts series of workshop in identified barangays, under the same project.

Kei Bughaw

Innovations Specialist

Kei Bughaw

Kei joined CDP as a member of the Pinnovation Academy project, which is funded by START Network and Humanitarian Innovations Fund (HIF). She brings to the table her experience as former project manager of Tuklas Innovations Labs, which pioneered grassroots development of DRR innovations in the country.


With over a decade of experience in the humanitarian sector, Kei has done research, advocacy, communications and training for national and regional NGOs. She is also a published writer of both academic and literary work. She has presented papers at the 16th International Conference on Philippine Studies and 9th National Social Science Congress. Her paper on humanitarian cash aid and indigenous self-help mechanisms will be published within 2021.


Kei did Psychology and Anthropology at the University of San Carlos before pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the De La Salle University Manila.