Phil is a PhD Candidate in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. As his research interest is in water privatization and governance, he would like to undertake an in-depth study of the Metro Manila water privatization experience. In particular, he would like to examine how the water privatization has affected the lives of the urban poor, how they have managed to cope with the effects of privatization, and how their experiences compare with those of marginalized consumers from similar privatization programs in other countries.
Prior to his PhD studies, Phil has built an extensive career in project and corporate finance, business development, project management and public-private partnerships. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Philippines. His various post-graduate degrees include a Master of Engineering from the University of the Philippines, a Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia.