PEDCRIS M. ORENCIO Program Head Research and Development Department (RDD) Email: email@example.com Field: Environmental Science, Urban and Rural Development, Natural Resources Management
Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio is currently the Program Head of SEARCA's Research and Development Department (RDD). He leads the Center's agriculture and rural development research initiatives aimed at influencing policy directions, building research capacities, and promoting research activities in the Southeast Asian region.
Dr. Orencio has worked on projects that dealt with grassroots development and capacity building related to urban planning, land and water management, climate change adaptation, and environmental protection and conservation in the Philippines and some parts of the Asia-Pacific region. He held various positions in programs funded and implemented by different international organizations such as the USAID, World Bank, AusAID, and JICA.
He assisted local governments develop policies for building resilience through evidence-based, broad-based and transdisciplinary approaches, and worked with academic institutions establish knowledge hubs for supporting sustainability in the USAID-funded Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, which is the flagship project of the Cities Development Initiatives (CDI) Program of the USAID Philippines Mission. He collaborated with institutions in the Asia-Pacific region for a research project on human-environmental security, and published articles about vulnerable and disaster-resilient societies, health and livelihood practices and the interlinkages among agriculture-based activities and climate change and the nexus of water, energy and food systems under the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan.
Dr. Orencio finished his bachelor's degree in Fisheries from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas and has two master's degrees under his belt – one in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning and another in Environmental Science from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science Development from the same Japanese university in 2014.
In 2017, he joins as part-time faculty staff of the Department of Environmental Science of Ateneo de Manila University, and handles courses on urban ecology, natural resource management, environmental risk assessment and management, and disaster risk resilience.