Board Members 2015-2016

Board Members 2015-2016 PSS Board Members with PSSC Executive Director Prof. Amaryllis Torres

Dr. Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez, President

Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez, Ph.D. is the current President of the PSS and Chair of the Sociology Department, UP Diliman where she teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods, social deviance, and sociology of crime and punishment as Professor. She authored book chapters on the history of Philippine criminology, the most recent of which came out in The Cesare Lombroso Handbook (Routledge, 2013). She published journal articles on crime, delinquency, and prison society locally and abroad. She edited the PSR Vol. 60 (Social Deviance), conferred by DOST-NAST 2013 Outstanding Book Award. She served as editor of this year’s PSR Vol. 61 No. 1 (Sociology and Interdisciplinarity) and co-editor of PSR Vol 61 No. 2 (Classical Sociological Theory in Contemporary Practice). Her recent researches focus on masculine social organizations; following the article, “Pangkat: Inmate Gangs in the New Bilibid Prison,” she is currently studying, “Manhood and Brotherhood: Understanding College Fraternities.”

In 2014, Dr. Gutierrez was elected to serve at the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.



Dr. Clarence M. Batan, Vice President

Clarence M. Batan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and Research Associate of the Research Center on Culture, Education and Social Issues at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila. He obtained his AB in Sociology from UST; MA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman; and PhD in Sociology from Dalhousie University at Nova Scotia, Canada under the Government of Canada Awards and the Faculty of Graduate Studies-Dalhousie University Scholarship Program. Recently, he was a Visiting Fellow in International Studies at Brown University under Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) program. His research interests are sociology of children and youth, sociology of work and employment, and qualitative and mixed methods. He is now the Chairperson of the Technical Committee in Sociology of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED).



Dr. Nicole C. Curato, Secretary

Nicole Curato is a sociologist from the University of the Philippines. She is currently based in Canberra for a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. She completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Manchester and University of Birmingham. She was also a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian National University.

Her work has been published in International Political Science Review, Critical Policy Studies and Politics and Policy, among others. She is currently the co-editor of the Philippine Sociological Review (with Dr Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez) and a regular contributor in and In 2013, she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (/People) for the field of Sociology.



Dr. Jayeel Cornelio, Treasurer

Jayeel S. Cornelio is the Director of the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.  He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, an adjunct lecturer at Institute for Sociology at the University of Göttingen, and a visiting research student at the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University.  He finished his Ph.D. in Sociology at the National University of Singapore where he received the Asia Research Institute PhD grant.  His research interests are in youth, religion, education, and urban studies.



Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, Board Member

A PhD Sociology holder from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte is a recently-retired professor of   Sociology and Sustainable Development Studies for 42 years former Director for Extension at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, a prime university in Southern Philippines. As such, she has been heavily engaged in various extension and research undertakings focused on DRRM, peace and conflict, women, children and health, indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge management, biodiversity, environment impact assessment, and other environment-related studies.

Under the auspices of the International Mining for Development Centre & Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia, she facilitated the project on “Establishing a Stakeholder Dialogue to Develop a Shared Agenda for Mining Development in the Philippines” in 2014-2015. She was also involved in the FEMPOV project implemented by Australian Research Council and Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2010-2012.  She is not only a long-time member of the Philippine Sociological Society, but also a current member of international professional organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) and International Sociological Association (ISA).

Her passion lies in her academic and extension involvement with the Bajau of Iligan City where she runs an alternative learning school in their settlement in Iligan City.


Dr. Mario J. Aguja, Board Member

Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University- General Santos City (MSU-GenSan) where he teaches social change and development, sociological theory, and community organizing.

He studied AB Sociology at the MSU-GenSan and earned his master’s degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He was an International Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Sociology at the University of Tokyo. He took up graduate studies in Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Tokyo and later finished his doctorate degree in International Cooperation Studies at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University.

He is actively involved in public sector unionism and currently the President of the MSU-GenSan Faculty Union. His other notable involvement is in security sector reform (SSR) and at present, he is the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Security Sector Governance (IPF_SSG) in Southeast Asia.

As a son of Mindanao, he is actively engaged in peace initiatives in the southern Philippines. He is currently a member of the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB), a seven member body tasked to oversee the process of decommissioning of MILF forces and weapons.


Prof. Arnold P. Alamon, Board Member

Arnold P. Alamon completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He taught there for several years before moving back to his hometown in Mindanao where he now teaches at the Department of Sociology of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. His interests and developing expertise include a number of research and extension initiatives with the Lumad, the indigenous peoples of Mindanao. He also has a number of completed and ongoing biography studies projects focusing on leadership and citizenship concerns. For the past couple of years, he writes a regular column for local newspaper SunStar Cagayan de Oro.