The Resources, Environment, and Economics Center for Studies, Inc. (REECS) is an all-Filipino private consulting firm duly registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission since 1992.
The Firm traces its roots to the Environmental and Natural Resources Accounting Project, the pioneering venture in 1991 that laid the groundwork for institutionalizing the use of accounting for economically viable natural resource-based services. Through its founding members, REECS has since then stamped a niche in resource and agricultural economics, environment, natural resources management, policy studies, and capacity building, all anchored on participatory and multi-stakeholder approach.
In its 25th year in operation, REECS has grown into an established and widely recognized consulting firm. Keeping pace with today’s challenges and global goals, REECS has expanded its horizon and included in its expertise impact assessments of water and rural sanitation initiatives; climate change vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation at the community, local governance, and national policy levels; and public health and social development engagements. REECS is also now well versed in diverse fields such as design and development of economic instruments, conservation finance, ecosystem services valuation, and market studies. We implement innovative tools in our research designs such as extended benefit-cost analysis, risk analysis, rapid social assessments, and total and participatory economic valuation.
REECS is committed to building adaptive and resilient societies by providing policy recommendations and sustainable solutions to the questions of governments, private businesses, and communities, on the environment, economy, and governance, through innovative methods and tools, local and participatory knowledge, and professionalism.
WORKING AT REECS
REECS crafts a dynamic learning environment that allows professional growth and development for each personnel – whether in project management and administration or in project implementation.
The Board of Directors (BOD), some of which are founding members, are composed of commended experts in natural resource economics and accounting, natural (from upland/ forest/ watershed to coastal) resources management and conservation, environmental governance and policy studies, project administration and management, financial management and accounting, project monitoring and impact assessment, and capacity building and/ or enhancement – fields that are essentially related to or reinforced with participatory or community-based approaches.
Technical capabilities do not end at the top-most level of management. The firm’s Executive Director is an expert in watershed management, community forestry and local governance, and grants/ funds management. Moreover, the Project Development and Project Implementation arms of REECS are composed of technically capable graduate-level associates who are well-versed in environmental, social, and public health researches, technical writing, sociology, anthropology, and economics. Whether through daily office-based activities (i.e. technical writing) or field-based activities (data gathering, training/ workshop documentation, or coordination), each of these associates and research assistants are finely mentored by the senior members or consultants of the project implementation teams. Conversely, these associates and research assistants are granted with liberties to undertake their own strategies for efficient accomplishment of project activities and outputs. In effect, uniqueness of competencies of every staff are optimized.
The Administration and Finance units work with the Executive Director in managing day-to-day office operations and providing financial and logistical support to project development and implementation. Similar with the technical staff, the managerial staff making up these units are experienced and adept in financial management, accounting, problem solving, document and database maintenance and organization, and other administrative duties.
THE COMPANY STRUCTURE