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Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay

Correspondent, Asean-Korea Center and Staff Reporter, Sun Star Daily

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Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay is presently the Regional Director for Asia-Pacific of Green the Gene, a global grassroots movement for positive environmental action through over 4500 children and youth volunteers from schools and universities across 42 countries. His work focuses on media, environmental protection, peace-building, and youth development.

Just last May, he was selected as an academic fellow (environmental issues) for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and trained under the tutelage of the East-West Center on natural resource management, disaster management, sustainable development, food security, ecotourism, energy generation, and water management. Earlier, he was involved in the YSEALI United for Peace program under the Focolare Movement and U.S. Embassy Manila.

As the former media and public relations head of the United States Pinoys for Good Governance (Marianas Chapter), he is a community journalist with experiences on covering such topics as human rights, agrarian reform, disaster management, and poverty reduction. Before finishing his stint as a correspondent for the ASEAN-Korea Center, he participated as one of the two Southeast Asian youth mentors for the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit. He has volunteered for different environmental groups like the Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Save Philippine Seas, and the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists.

Ferth completed his Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Political Science at the University of the Philippines in April 2014.

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Global Ethics Network
Give peace a chance

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Promoting children's rights through art

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Philippine Studies
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Black sand mining operations halted

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Police, farmers clash as demolition resumes

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Forum held on climate change mitigation

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DAR distributes land to farmers

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AEC seen as 'threat' to farmers, traders

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Expert: 'Adlai' good alternative

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