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Our Team

Reiza Dejito, an international humanitarian and development leader with over 15 years of experience in Asia and Africa, brings diverse skills and a profound understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities in multi-cultural and complex settings. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy, obtained education teaching units, and is currently in the final stages of completing her Master’s degree in Public Administration. Her skills set encompasses strategy development, program and risk management, as well fundraising and resource mobilization. Her exposure to various sectors, including humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction (DRR), education, livelihoods, health systems strengthening, and protection, among others, has honed her ability to adapt to multifaceted challenges. Reiza’s passion for inclusive programming and localization ensures that communities have a voice in decision-making processes. Her career has been a testament to her deep commitment to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Before joining CARE Philippines, she served as executive director for Children International in Manila, Philippines. She also spent over a decade managing programs and operations for Humanity & Inclusion (formerly Handicap International) in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Somalia. Her roles included project manager, field coordinator, operations coordinator, program director, country director, and regional director. She likewise spent two years serving as an international volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Ethiopia. 

She has been at the forefront of major humanitarian crises, leading refugee operations in Kenya, responding to the impacts of protracted conflict in South Sudan, and playing a pivotal role in the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, as well as major disasters in the Philippines and Indonesia. Her familiarity with the international humanitarian architecture and proven ability to coordinate and manage operations in high-pressure environments ensure the delivery of timely and impactful assistance to affected populations.  



Maria Teresa “Tess” Francisco-Bayombong  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).


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.


Aimee Mateo is the Project Coordinator for “Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases in Humanitarian Settings,” a health project funded by Abbott and being implemented in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur. Aimee brings her 26 years of clinical, academic and public health experience to CARE as she leads CARE’s health in emergencies programming in the Philippines.

Aimee started working for CARE in 2018 as Project Coordinator for CARE’s intervention on sexual and reproductive health focusing on the maternal health needs of displaced women after the Marawi siege. She led the advocacy on promoting family planning and safe motherhood.

Prior to working for CARE, Aimee gained significant experience as a medical aid worker deployed in North Africa, particularly in areas affected by wars, natural disasters and environmental degradation. She also worked in Sudan as Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit Nurse and Clinical Instructor for 10 years.

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