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June 2022 Newsletter

Hi EA PH Community Member!

In this edition, we bring you two important events! We also feature Giana Nuncio and her journey to making her career impactful. There are also some resources for you – one is an 80k podcast with Will MacAskill. Lastly, we have a lineup of job opportunities for you.

Upcoming EA-related events/programs

[June 11, 2-4pm] EA PH Mental Health Charity Ideas Research Brownbag Session

What are the top four mental health charity ideas found in the Philippines and in other low-income countries?

Over the past few years, the demand for mental health services has been overwhelming but remains largely unmet due to the limited number of mental health professionals and services, especially in developing countries such as the Philippines.

The need for alternative solutions to respond to this demand launched EA Philippines’ Mental Health Charity Ideas Research Project, with the support of Charity Entrepreneurship. 

On June 11, from 2:00-4:00 PM, our team of researchers will share their insights on conducting a Charity Entrepreneurship research project, what they learned so far, and the top four mental health charity ideas they think are the best for countries like the Philippines based on their research.
Join us in this brownbag session by registering through this link!

[Deadline of Application: June 18] Introductory Fellowship on EA for Professionals

Are you a professional who aims to make a bigger social impact through your career or resources? Then this fellowship is for you! 

Join like-minded professionals who want to learn about effective altruism and its principles, core concepts, and cause areas. This fellowship’s weekly sessions will run from June 25 to August 20, 2022. To be considered a graduate of the fellowship, you have to attend 5 out of the 7 weekly online sessions AND complete a lightning talk or capstone project. 

This fellowship is free of charge and open to professionals working in any sector. It may prove most useful for those in the early stages of their careers, but we welcome participants of all ages and experience levels, including those considering a change in career path. In special circumstances, we may accept students who are in their senior year or those currently exploring which career to pursue.

You can read the fellowship primer first for more information about the fellowship here.

Applications will close on June 18, 2022, Friday at 11:59 PM. Feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues!

Updates from EA Philippines

Introduction to Effective Altruism for Professionals Webinar

EA Philippines held an Introduction to Effective Altruism webinar for professionals last Saturday, June 4. This webinar was attended by more than 30 participants from different fields, such as the government, private sector, and the academe who actively participated and showed great interest in EA concepts during the webinar. The recording of the event is available here.


EA UP Diliman

EA UPD proudly congratulates their first batch of the Padayon Career Planning Program! 🌄

Last March 2022, 13 pioneers and 4 facilitators braved to navigate the mysterious terrain of career planning. During the 6-week meetups, they have thought about how their views on life and work meet, identified their cause areas, and laid out their long-term and short-term paths.

They have finally reached the summit and have a better view of their next destination in their journey to a fulfilling and impactful career. ❤💚

The Padayon Career Planning Program is designed for college students who are introduced to Effective Altruism in exploring what causes to work on and/or career paths to pursue. It is based on the Career Planning courses of 80,000 Hours.

EA UPD would also like to acknowledge EA Philippines and EA Blue for providing the materials and resources that made this first batch successful!

Member Spotlight: Giana Mae Nuncio

Giana joined EA Blue back in 2019. It was EA Philippines’ first year as an org but her last year of college. One thing that also drew her to EA was when she read Brian Tan’s article in the school newspaper and grew curious about “doing good with evidence.” As someone with a scientific mindset, data and evidence in itself was already enticing. After she graduated, she joined EA PH’s Introductory Fellowship and the rest is history.

What kept her interested in EA was really the engagement of the community members and the cause areas. Thanks to Brian, she was able to  facilitate  EA Cambridge’s Alternative Proteins Fundamentals Programme in 2021 and 2022 and helped people all over the world understand more about alternative proteins. 

Giana was one of the organizers of EA Philippines’ Effective Animal Advocacy Fellowship last year. She also enjoys co-working with EA members on Gathertown, a virtual meeting platform, that makes her productive and motivated in her EA-aligned work. 

She said that she’s excited about how EA PH has been growing exponentially since it started out and was showing absolutely no signs of stopping. She looks forward to the ongoing and new projects of EA PH and AEP. Particularly, she’s keen to meet new people in the university introductory fellowships and share ideas with EA PH members. With all these, she thinks the future looks bright.

Foreign EA-relevant Resources

80K Podcast Episodes with Will MacAskill and Sam Bankman-Fried 

80K has a new podcast episode featuring Will MacAskill, where he talks about various topics, including the growth of EA funding, the importance of judicious ambition, and how he sustains his mental health. Will also wrote a new article on EA and the current funding situation.

Meanwhile, Sam Bankman-Fried’s 80K podcast episode talked about his philanthropic plans, what he’s excited to fund, why the EA community should be willing to take more risks, and ways the community could be better.

Open Philanthropy's Cause Exploration Prizes 

Open Philanthropy has launched the Cause Exploration Prizes to help them determine new cause areas to fund within their global health and wellbeing portfolio. Participants can submit responses of up to 5,000 words and can win prizes, which include $25,000 for the top prize, $15,000 for three second place submissions, and $200 for the first 200 good-faith submissions.

Wild Animal Initiative’s call for proposals

Wild Animal Initiative has a small grants program to empower wild animal welfare researchers to explore topics neglected by other funders. To start the process of applying, you can read their call for proposals, which includes their selection criteria and examples of eligible activities, and you can complete the brief expression of interest form by June 30.

News relevant to the Philippines

A Review of Public Expenditures for Nutrition in National Government Agencies of the Philippines (2017-2019)

A recent publication from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) analyzed the level of funding on nutrition from 2017-2019. Locally, the total national-level nutrition-related expenditures were estimated to be PHP 492.7 billion or 0.95% share of gross domestic product (GDP), and 7.9% share of total government expenditures. Meanwhile, international aid (including loans) for nutrition to the Philippines was one of the lowest among countries in South and Southeast Asia with high stunting prevalence. Learn about their other findings here.

Alternative Proteins and Future Food Trends in the Philippines by Stephen Co

Worth the Health Foods’ Founder and CEO Stephen Co spoke about the alternative proteins and future trends in the Philippines at the recently concluded Food and Drink Innovate Asia 2022. They also had a Launch After-Party, where Ging Geronimo of Animal Empathy Philippines shared her story of being a reducetarian.

Go Cage-Free McDonald's

Animal Kingdom Foundation along with several partner organizations across Southeast Asia simultaneously held banners in front of McDonald's to urge them to publish a commitment and ditch cruel cage eggs in Asia. Learn more about and sign the petition here.  

Job and volunteer opportunities in EA-aligned organizations

Below are some featured opportunities that are accessible to Filipinos from our Job Board. It currently has around 50 impactful opportunities (full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities). It also has links to other relevant places where you can find impactful jobs, and we also include there how we choose which jobs to feature.

Our job board has remote jobs from foreign EA organizations, and also some roles at local organizations that we either think are impactful to work for, or they provide good experience and skills for making an impact later on.

Local opportunities for Filipino EAs

Fund Raising Associate  - UNICEF Philippines [Deadline: June 9]

Research Manager - Innovations for Poverty Action  [Rolling application]

Data Engineer - Thinking Machines  [Rolling application]

Remote opportunities from foreign EA-aligned organizations

Social Media Manager - Future of Life Institute [Rolling application]

Associate, Advisory Team - Effective Giving [Rolling application]

Coachee, CE Career Coaching - Charity Entrepreneurship [Rolling application]

Science Communicator - Foresight Institute [Rolling application]

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