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Our Team



Country Director

David Gazashvili is the Country Director of CARE Philippines. Prior to that, he held executive level positions with CARE’s emergency and humanitarian assistance teams. David has served as the acting director, deputy director, head of logistics, head of emergency preparedness, and team leader of emergency operations at CARE. David has considerable experience in the international development arena, including sustainable livelihoods, community mobilization and small business development.

David managed emergency and development programs for CARE and United Nations World Food Programme in the Philippines, South Sudan, Turkey, Georgia, Albania, Liberia, Sudan, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Lebanon, Armenia and Azerbaijan. He also facilitated emergency preparedness trainings and simulations in over 40 country offices. Prior to moving to the Philippines in 2015, David also taught disaster response and humanitarian assistance at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

David is a recipient of a competitive Muskie fellowship. He earned MBA from Monterey Institute of International Studies, California in 2000. David also has civil engineering degree in water and sanitation from Georgian Technical University. In his early career, David worked as a civil engineer and construction supervisor in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. David speaks English, Georgian, and Russian.



Project Team Leader – Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance

Maria Teresa “Tess” Francisco-Bayombong is currently the Project Team Leader for the Global Affairs Canada-funded project — Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance in the Philippines.

Tess brings 35 years of experience in development programming and humanitarian aid work. Her professional practice includes 24 years of solid experience in enterprise, economic/livelihood development and microfinance sectors. Since joining CARE in the Philippines in 1994, Tess has held various senior management and leadership positions, ranging from program manager, economic development sector advisor, chief executive officer, consortium coordinator, assistant country director for programs and country director. She led teams in program strategy development and implementation and has been involved in the highest level of organizational planning and management for achieving organizational viability.

Her stint in CARE encompassed international posts in various countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Tanzania, including short-term assignments in Georgia in USA, Ottawa in Canada, Kenya and Cambodia. Prior to joining CARE, Tess spent ten years working in development programs of Ayala Foundation and Philippine Development Assistance Program (PDAP).



Emergency Coordinator

Jerome Lanit is the Emergency Coordinator of CARE Philippines. Jerome is responsible for the entire emergency response and preparedness activities mainly working with local partners in different parts of the country. He led CARE’s Typhoon Haiyan response in Leyte as Area Manager for more than three years implementing the full range of emergency programming: from provision of food relief packs to shelter repair kit distribution to livelihood cash transfers utilizing the Humanitarian Partnership Platform approach – where he ensures genuine partnership engagement of CARE’s local partners in the humanitarian action.

Jerome has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of San Carlos and earned Master of Science units in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines, Cebu campus.



Enterprise Development Manager

Annabelle Encabo is the Enterprise Development Manager for CARE’s Typhoon Reconstruction Assistance project exercising direction and supervision over Capacity Building Officers and Facilitating Partners in Antique, Iloilo and Leyte provinces.

She is a Certified Professional Industrial Engineer with functional background in law and business, and over 20 years of industry and enterprise development experience in both public and private sector.

Her involvement in humanitarian work is diverse and includes stints as volunteer business advisor in Kenya, supply logistics officer in emergency response. She was also doing business consultancies in East Africa and writing proposals for economic and education projects in Uganda, India and Guatemala for US-based NGOs.
Prior to joining CARE, Annabelle was a college lecturer for British and Canadian business and engineering programs in China.



Information, Communications and Knowledge Manager

Dennis joined CARE in January 2014 after Typhoon Haiyan left catastrophic damage in Central Philippines. He handles media and communications work as well as information and knowledge management for CARE Philippines. He has been part of various emergency and development projects of CARE in different parts of the country including responses to Typhoons Hagupit, Koppu, Melor, Haima, Sarika and Nock-ten.

Dennis has relative work experience in emergency, development & advocacy communication, public relations, social media engagement, information and knowledge management.

Dennis previously worked at TV5, one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines, as a program producer and writer. He then joined Creative Point International, a Manila-based public relations firm handling corporate and social media communications, advertising, and political PR for top Philippine companies, institutions and personalities. He has also written for Rappler, BusinessMirror, People’s Journal and 7107 Islands Travel and Investment Magazine.

He is currently completing his Master of Development Communication at the University of the Philippines and completed his Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication at the University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila).



Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager

Madel has been with CARE for over three years now. She is responsible for developing and implementing monitoring & evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system and processes, with focus on women’s economic empowerment in agricultural value chains. Prior to that, she served as MEAL officer in Tacloban City for the typhoon Haiyan response.

Madel has over 16 years of experience with national and international development organizations, with particular strengths in gender-responsive and participatory monitoring and evaluation (M&E), project designing and project implementation, knowledge management, and research. She has nine years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, including M&E Planning, Results-Based M&E, and Knowledge Management, with expertise in agriculture and rural development, gender in agricultural value chains, and gender and the informal sector. She has three years of related experience in humanitarian response context, including mainstreaming gender equality and accountability to affected populations throughout the project cycle.

Madel has a master’s degree in Women and Development and bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.



Project Manager – TUKLAS Innovation Labs

Francelline “France” Jimenez is the Project Manager of the TUKLAS Innovation Labs project for the Central and Southern Luzon Community Lab.

France is a development worker with a growing practice in disaster risk reduction, youth development, partnerships, resilience, and governance. After studying Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, she worked in research, risk management, and corporate social responsibility before fully transitioning to development work. France gravitates toward projects that facilitate emergent perspectives and solutions for communities and sectors. She previously developed and implemented projects in behalf of local government and non-government organizations, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, Save the Children, Talaandig Community Artist Guild, and PYXERA Global.

France was part of the Organizing Committee for the Children and Youth Forum at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. She is a member of the ASEAN Youth Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, the regional platform for youth practitioners in DRR collaborating with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). As a member of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT), she was part of the ASEAN-ERAT deployed in support of the Typhoon Haima response.



Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist

Divina Gracia, Deeji for short, provides leadership and oversight to the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of initiatives on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in line with the value chain development approach to build and strengthen risk-resilient enterprises and value chains. She likewise works with the Project Team Leader and collaborates with the project staff, partners and other project intermediaries in implementing the project Environment Management Plan (EMP).

She is a dedicated professional with ten years combined experience in project implementation and research, specializing in development and environmental issues, particularly climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as disaster risk reduction and management.

Deeji is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Social and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines Baguio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with a Minor on History from the Ateneo de Manila University.