Board Members

Board Members L-R: Enrique Niño P. Leviste, Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, Clarence M. Batan, Zona Hildegarde S. Amper, Septrin John A. Calamba, Enrique G. Oracion; Not in the photo: Mario J. Aguja

Clarence M. Batan, President

Clarence M. Batan is a 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. He was a Visiting Fellow in International Studies at Brown University under Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) program in 2012-2013.

He is Vice-President for Asia of the Research Committee 34 – Sociology of Youth of the International Sociological Association. He served as Member and Chairperson of the Technical Committee in Sociology of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). His research interests include sociology of children and youth, sociology of work and employment, and qualitative and mixed methods.



Mario J. Aguja, Vice President

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.


Septrin John A. Calamba, Secretary

Septrin John “Badz” A. Calamba is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). He finished his BA and MA in Sociology at MSU-IIT. He is actively engaged in both research and extension work of the university especially in the aspects of community development, youth, governance, and sociology of disaster. He leads research projects of MSU-IIT in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Units (LGUs).

On top of his academic functions, he is currently the coordinator of the Center for Local Governance Studies (CLGS) of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension in MSU-IIT.



Enrique Niño P. Leviste, Treasurer

Enrique Niño P. Leviste is Assistant Professor at Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, a Commission on Higher Education Center for Excellence. 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, and was a recipient of the Ananda Rajah Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Sociology. His main research areas are political-sociology and sociology of education. His recent publications include a 2016 Philippine Sociological Review article, “In the Name of Fathers, In Defense of Mothers: Hegemony, Resistance and the Catholic Church on the Philippine Population  Policy” and a co-written book chapter, “Academic Differentiation and the Teaching of Controversial Topics in Singapore Social Studies Classrooms,  which appeared in Cross-cultural Case Studies of Teaching Controversial  Issues in 2015.


Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, Board Member

Phoebe Zoe Maria U. Sanchez is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines in Cebu where she is currently teaching History and Sociology courses. She finished her PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Her expertise includes Policy Analysis; Diagnosing Problems of Governance; Community Organizing for Community Development (COCD); Participatory Community Development Research; Local/Oral Historical-Sociological Research; Community Development and Institutional Strengthening. Her works has been published in academic journals including Global Research Newsletter – Center for Research on Globalization, GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, University of the Philippines in the Visayas DANYAG Journal, among others.



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.



Enrique G. Oracion, Board Member

Enrique G. Oracion is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology  and currently appointed as Dean of the University Graduate Programs  (UGP) of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

He had served for nine years as Research Director of   the University prior to his appointment  as UGP Dean.  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. Dr. Oracion was also a United Board fellow at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011) and Baylor University, Texas,  USA (2012). He currently serves as a member of  the Technical  Committee  for Sociology for the Commission on Higher Education. His disciplinal interest is environmental anthropology but his publications are specific to gender issues, education and service-learning, ecotourism and protected area management, cultural heritage management, culture of disaster and resiliency.


Former Board Members