Board Members 2019

Board Members 2019 PSS BOARD 2019: (L-R) Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja, Septrin John Calamba, John Andre Evangelista, Enrique Niño P. Leviste, Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, Enrique Oracion, Zona Hildegarde S. Amper


Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja, President

Dr. Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja is currently a full Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Mindanao State University, General Santos City, Philippines, where he teaches undergraduate sociology courses and graduate courses in Public Administration, Sustainable Development Studies, and Philippine Studies.

He holds a PhD in International Cooperation Studies from the Nagoya University, Japan; an MA in Sociology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman; and, an AB in Sociology at the MSU-Gen. Santo City. He was an International Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Sociology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He took up graduate studies in Comparative Culture with specialization in International Economics and Development Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

As a son of Mindanao, Prof. Mayong is actively involved in various culture of peace initiatives in Mindanao. 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. His research interests include Mindanao peace and development, Sustainable Development Goals , and Security Sector Reform.

Prof. Aguja was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress during the 12th and 13th congresses.


Septrin Calamba,
Vice President

Septrin Calamba is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) where he also finished his BA and MA in Sociology respectively. He is actively engaged in both research and extension of the university particularly in the aspects of youth, governance, conflict and disasters, and community development. On top of his academic functions, he is currently the coordinator of the Center for Local Governance Studies (CLGS) and member of the technical working group of Gender and Development Resource Center (GADRC) in MSU-IIT.


John Andre Evangelista, Secretary

John Andrew G. Evangelista or Andoy, for many, earned his BA in Social Sciences (major in Social Anthropology) from the University of the Philippines Baguio and his MA in Sociology degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman where he currently works as an Assistant Professor. His published articles revolve on LGBTQ identities and movements. His research interests include LGBTQ politics, social movements, queer theories, and gender and sexuality studies. As a professional researcher, he collaborates with colleagues in projects about gender and development, information and technology, and health. As an activist, he facilitates gender and sexuality studies trainings in grassroots communities. He also uses several media and other political platforms to creatively foreground issues concerning people’s rights, social justice, and gender/sexual fairness. He believes in the crucial role of gender and sexuality analyses in critically theorizing and appropriately transforming unjust social structures that breed lasting forms of inequalities.


Enrique Niño P. Leviste
, Treasurer

Enrique Niño P. Leviste is assistant professor at Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He is also associate director for research at the Institute of Philippine Culture and School of Social Sciences coordinator for research. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore in August 2011. His main research areas are sociology of education and political sociology.


Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, 
Board Member

Phoebe Zoe Maria U. Sanchez is Associate Professor of History and Sociology at the University of the Philippines in Cebu. She took her undergraduate BSE History and Master of Arts in History at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, and finished PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

She engages in Sociology of Work and Labor; Public Sociology; Diagnosing Problems in Governance; Community Organizing for Community Development (COCD); Participatory Community Development Research; Local/Oral Historical Research; Community Development and Institutional Strengthening.

Her works have been published in the Global Science Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Law and Social Sciences, DANYAG Journal of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, the Center for Research in Globalization and the Asia Pacific Research.

Enrique Oracion
, Board Member

Enrique Oracion is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and the current Director of the Research and Development Center of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees major in Sociology from Silliman University while he completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. He was also a United Board Fellow assigned at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011) and Baylor University, Texas, USA (2012). He currently serves as board member of the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) and the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao (UGAT) or the Anthropological Association of the Philippines. He was a former member of the Technical Committee for Sociology for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). He currently sits in the Technical Review Board of the Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) while a regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). His research interests and publications range from Negrito adaptation, gender issues, education and service-learning, ecotourism and protected area management, fishing community, cultural heritage management, culture of disaster and resiliency.


Zona Hildegarde S. Amper,
Board Member

Zona Hildegarde S. Amper has a Ph.D. in Anthropology. She is currently the Vice President for the Visayas of the Ugnayang Pang-aghamtao (UGAT), the professional organization of anthropologists in the Philippines. She is also one  of the members of the CHED Technical Committee for Anthropology from 2012 up to the present. She has conducted various social researches in line with local knowledge and perceptions on corn production and consumption, water utilization and conservation, mangrove planting, herbal medicines, shell trading, among others.  She was one of the qualifiers  of the CHED Research and Publications Awards in  2016 for her paper entitled “Surviving Water Scarcity on a  Small Island Community”. She is also one of the authors of a Work-text for Senior High School  entitled “Knowing our Social World”. She teaches Sociology and Anthropology courses at the University of San Carlos in Cebu.


Former Board Members