Meet the Team

The #MentalHealthPH core team is composed of graduates and students of Health Informatics, Public Health, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Medicine, Broadcast Communication, and Nursing. Our ranks also include volunteers with backgrounds in various fields coming from different regions all over the Philippines.

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Roy O. Dahildahil

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Roy finished his master’s in science in Health Informatics in the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) in 2020 and his bachelor’s degree in Public Health in UP Visayas. He’s a theater enthusiast, an apprentice in PETA, and an HIV and LGBTQIA+ advocate.

He dreams of creating a world of acceptance by embracing vulnerabilities.

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Yves Miel Zuñiga

Co-Founder, Deputy Director for Policy and Partnership

Yves is one of the co-founders of #MentalHealthPH, Inc – a youth-led advocacy organization that aims to promote and protect mental health in the Philippines through social media and digital technology. He currently serves as the organization’s Deputy Director for Policy and Partnership. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of the Philippines Manila, Yves’ work is centered in championing for better health outcomes and some of his accomplishments include leading advocacy works for the passage of the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2018, working on the creation of the 2017-2022 National Strategic Plan of the Philippine Council for Mental Health, Click to Brick Project which highlights partnerships with school-based and other youth organizations, and technical assistance to different stakeholders on policy development, among others. He is currently one of the 77 global community leaders under the Facebook Community Accelerators Program and is one of the 300 chosen young leaders of Women Deliver Program.

Aside from advocacy works, Yves renders public service as a Senior Health Program Officer at the Philippine Department of Health. As public servant, he extends support in generating knowledge products and policy briefs to drive evidence-informed decisions for COVID-19 planning and response.

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Lawrence Joy dela Fuente

Co-Founder, Deputy Director for Communications

Lawrence is a Broadcast Communication graduate from UP Diliman. She has been working in the development sector hoping to move the country forward. She has six cats whose loving and playful personalities have helped her through the ups and downs of life.

She dreams of a world where lining at the PWD line to buy her antidepressants will no longer give her disapproving or judgmental looks from the people around her.

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Jerome Gilbert Mina

Co-Founder, Deputy Director for Learning and Development

Gibo is a development professional who has worked on health projects with various international NGOs. On a regular day at work, he facilitates knowledge exchange and collaborative learning within and beyond the organization. He extends the same capacity as the current Deputy Director for Learning and Development of MentalHealthPH. A certified coffeeholic, he loves grinding coffee beans in the morning and brews coffee three times a day.

As one of the co-founders, Gibo dreams of a community where people can sit down and drink coffee together any time while understanding and learning each other’s mental health.

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Anica Veronica Mendoza

Co-Founder, Deputy Director for Research and Innovation

Anica is a Registered Pharmacist who began her immersive journey in the public health arena one fateful day of 2015. She resonates her cause together with the #MentalHealthPH team in light of her experiences caring for her lola.

She is currently supporting ongoing work alongside innovative teams in paving the way to create healthy built environments for patients. Her fascination in distilling new perspectives for the future of healthcare continually drives her to pursue her graduate studies in health (medical) informatics.

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Riyan Portuguez

Research Officer

Riyan is a graduate of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology in the same institution. She is a registered psychologist, psychometrician, freelance national lecturer, and psychology blogger/vlogger. She is known as Your Millennial Psychologist.

She is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Polytechnic University of the Philippines and a consultant psychologist at Childfam-Possibilities Psychosocial Services Co. and Wellbridge Health, Inc. She is an active member of the Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino and the Psychological Association of the Philippine’s LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group and currently the co-chairperson of the said special interest group that promotes the rights, well-being, and gender equality.

She is also one of the core members of #MentalHealthPH, a nonprofit organization that promotes mental health and well-being using social media platforms.

Furthermore, she was featured in TV documentaries, news, promotional videos, and radio programs related to her advocacies. Riyan describes herself as staunch mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate.

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Dhanika Austine Garcia

Secretary General

Dhanika is a mental health advocate by heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas in 2020 and her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2012. She now aspires to be a registered psychologist soon who aims to specialize in clinical psychology not so long after.

It has been her desire to help those who feel helpless, one step at a time.

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Danica Mae Mangampat

Core Member

Nica is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in De La Salle University – Manila and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in the same university. She aims to be a psychologist that specializes in family, teens and young adults. She also dreams to explore and advocate positive psychology. Nica is also an instructor at Enderun Colleges and is one of the consultants of Childfam Possibilities Psychological Services. She is currently the Finance Unit Head of #MentalHealthPH.

She is a certified #PlantMom who loves to listen and sing to Taylor Swift songs in the shower, well, everywhere actually.

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Nykko Bautista

Community and Organizational Development Unit Head

Nykko is a graduate of Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas and is currently taking his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He loves both MEDicine and the MEDia and is an advocate for fair, honest, and accessible healthcare for all Filipinos. He is a TV host, future physician, and a self proclaimed professional bathroom performer.

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Rochelle Leonor

Chief Communications Officer

Rochelle is a seasoned digital marketing and communications professional, with work experience in media, pharma, beverage and chemical industries. She has an MBA from Ateneo, a BA Journalism degree from UP Diliman, and a few units short of a Master’s degree in Communication from Ateneo. She owns more than 2,000 Archie comics and is an essential oils advocate.

She dreams of a world where everyone has free access to mental health services.

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Jeemon Rey Bacaoco

Chief Learning and Development Officer

JB is a registered psychologist who works at Gray Matters Psychological and Consultancy Inc. He is also a faculty member at the University of Santo Tomas Department of Psychology. He is a core member of #MentalHealthPH, an NGO that aims to spread awareness about the importance of mental health through social media.

He is currently taking his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Ateneo De Manila University. He finished his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the De La Salle University Manila and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

JB is also an animal lover and badly wants to be rich so he can build his own stray sanctuary in the future. You can watch his vlogs to learn more about mental health.

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Katrina Escolar-Tan

Campaign and Events Officer

Katrina is a marketing professional with over 10 years of work experience in the retail and banking industries. The type of person who doesn’t understand the word, “chill”—Kat spends her free time doing passion projects from photography, drawing, cooking, song-writing, to singing… to name a few.

She looks forward to a time when each person is accepted, appreciated and cherished.