Filipino experts to discuss empowering communities

Two Filipino leaders will share their experiences Tuesday evening of organizing and empowering communities to take control of their health, workplace and food systems, according to an announcement.

Dr. Romeo Quijano and Gilbert Sape will give a presentation at 6 p.m. at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

Quijano is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine in Manila, according to an announcement. He’s project leader of bioassay and toxicologic studies on medicinal plants for the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants, and he’s a member of the National Research Council of the Philippines and the steering council of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific. He’s president of the Health Action for Human Rights in the Philippines, among other positions.

Sape has been working on right to food and productive resources, ecological agriculture and climate justice over the last 15 years, according to an announcement. Most recently, he has been involved in building capacity of communities in Asia to resist land grabbing, and he’s been doing policy advocacy at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He’s a consultant for Sustainable Development Foundation and a consultant for the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific.

For more information, contact Kasha Ho of the Center for Food Safety at (808) 681-7688 or via email at