Who We Are

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) Foundation, Inc. hosts and implements the Checkmyschool initiative with support from the Open Society Foundation. It is a non-stock, non-profit corporation registered under the Philippine law.


The ANSA-EAP promotes social accountability in the region by providing networking and learning facilities. By social accountability, it refers to the process of constructive engagement between citizens and government for the monitoring of the use of public resources. It aims to improve the delivery of public services, promote community welfare and protect people’s rights.

CMS Staff

Redempto S. Parafina

Project Manager, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Redempto S. Parafina, or Dondon, is the Executive Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) Foundation, Inc. As an international development practitioner, he has recognized track record in civil society networking, capacity building and advancing innovations in citizen participation in governance. With over fourteen years of experience, he is consulted on the technical application of social accountability in various fields and sectors, such as education, health, public procurement, ICT, youth/children, among others. His work has spanned the Philippines and various East Asian countries. He is also a Senior Associate at the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government, where he has spearheaded various projects. He is a graduate student of philosophy, a boy scout and a dragonboat paddler.

Hannah Althea Estipona

Research, Knowledge and Learning Coordinator, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Hannah Althea Estipona is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree major in Social Development at the Ateneo de Manila University. She graduated from Miriam College in 2010 with a degree in International Studies major Development Studies and minor in Gender Studies.

James Nigel Panganiban

Networking Coordinator, Checkmyschool (CMS)


James Nigel C. Panganiban is the Networking Coordinator of CMS. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2014 with a degree in BA Political Science. He likes discussing topics in international relations and has a keen interest in the story of conflicts in the 20th century ranging from the Second World War to the Vietnam War.

Wilson C. Villones

Research Associate, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Wilson Villones is a researcher of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific. He has worked on a variety of projects relating to CheckMySchool. More recently, his works focused on citizen engagement, civic technology, issue resolution, accountability mapping and open data. Mr. Villones is also working as a writer for the University of the Philippines System Committee on Public Service Monitoring and Reporting. He is currently writing his thesis for his master’s degree at the University of the Philippines, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude).

Vincent Romero

Sustainability Coordinator, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Vincent Romero graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2015. His research interests as an undergraduate were focused on political participation and social movements, later shifted into policy research with focus on health. Prior to becoming a project associate for Checkmyschool, he served as a research consultant for ANSA-EAP working on a health governance case study commissioned by WHO.Outside of work, he spends his time between books, movies, comics, art, and other similar manners of geekdom. As a music lover, he collects headphones and is rarely seen without a pair.

Brenda Jane D. Pureza

Communications Coordinator, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Brenda is a recent graduate of Development Studies in Miriam College. As a student leader, she spent her days advocating for student’s rights and good governance. On the side, Brenda does freelance research and familiarises herself with youth and governance studies. She is currently a student at the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University and plans to take up further studies on public administration.

Sandra Laureano

Administrative and Communications Associate, Checkmyschool (CMS)


Sandra graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Major in Finance and Investments Management at Miriam College. However, she has chosen to pursue a rather unconventional path. From 2012 to 2014, she had worked as the Finance and Administrative Assistant of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) Secretariat. All the while, she also doubles as a music writer and photographer for a concert website, covering both small gigs to major arena shows. She has worked with ANSA-EAP since 2015. For a year and a half, she worked as a Project Associate of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project which is a program of the Commission on Audit in upholding good governance with the focus on citizen participation. Currently, she is with the CheckMySchool team as Administrative and Communications Associate.

Previous CMS Staff

1. Christine Cruz – Communications Associate

2. Erica Cabanilla – Administrative Associate

3. Gladys Honey Selosa – Operations Manager

4. Jan Carlo de Leon – Technical Unit Coordinator

5. Jecel Censoro – Project Manager

6. John Aldrich Telebrico – Research Coordinator

7. Karl Mikel Pregon – Networking Coordinator

8. Maria Gabriela L. Alegre – Communications Coordinator

9. Paul Thomas Villanueva – Learning and Knowledge Management Coordinator

10. Rodolfo Lahoy Jr. – Research Associate

11. Sigrid Jan Sibug – Project Associate

12. Athena Gabrielle Abanto – Communications Coordinator

CMS Local Chapters

CheckMySchool currently has  7 partner civil society organizations operating in 58 areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. With the aid of volunteers, they are helping address issues in 893 schools all over the country.




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  • Areas Covered: Angono, Cardona, Morong, Teresa
  • Area Coordinators: Rizal – Emily Matias, Melisa Reyes
  • Areas Covered: Urdaneta, Mangaldan, Mapandan
  • Area Coordinators: Pangasinan – Arlene Ching
  • Organizational Partners: Responsible Citizens, Empowered Communities and Solidarity towards Social Change (RECITE)
  • Areas Covered: Buenavista, Sibunag, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo, Jordan
  • Area Coordinators: Buena Vista – Agustin Zamora; Jordan – Benito Tagcay; Nueva Valencia – Ana Villanueva; San Lorenzo – Melchor Villarna; Sibunag – Nimfa Gasangan
  • Organizational Partners: Guimaras People’s Economic Foundation Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Bacolod City
  • Area Coordinators: Bacolod City – Richelle Verdeprado
  • Areas Covered: Banga, Malinao, Numancia, Kalibo
  • Area Coordinators: Aklan – Emelina Fernandez
  • Organizational Partners: Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Calinog
  • Area Coordinators: Mary Grace dela Cruz, Claire Hope Legario
  • Organizational Partners: One Calinog Organization, Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Kidapawan City, Midsayap, Libungan
  • Area Coordinators: Aleosan – Roy John Bauzon; Carmen & Kabacan – Mary Jo Astrologo; Kidapawan City – Merry Christ Enad; Midsayap – Ramel Palapo; Libungan – Jazel Talha
  • Organizational Partners: ARAL PINOY Foundation/Checkmyschool Mindanao, Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Datu Paglas, Sharrif Aguak, Cotabato City
  • Area Coordinators: Datu Paglas – Hamzar Abubacar; Shariff Aguak – Emerson Moniva; Cotabato City – Sittie Sarah Abubakar
  • Organizational Partners: ARAL PINOY Foundation/Checkmyschool Mindanao, Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Labangan, Tukuran
  • Area Coordinators: Labangan & Tukuran – Pahad W. Abbas
  • Organizational Partners: ARAL PINOY Foundation/Checkmyschool Mindanao, Inc.
  • Areas Covered: Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Area Coordinators: Edgar Alegre
  • Organizational Partners: Global Academy Institute of Technology Foundation Inc.(GAITF)
  • Areas Covered: Cagayan de Oro City
  • Area Coordinators: Cagayan de Oro – Jonathan Mongcal
  • Organizational Partners: GROUP Foundation


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