In May 2016, Engr. Ma. Rosario Aynon Gonzales was selected as one of the four new Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) civil society representatives to the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) for 2016.

Bantay Kita, a civil society organization engaged in EITI, was responsible for selecting the new representatives through a rigorous application and selection process that began in January 2016. Engr. Gonzales was chosen as the representative for the Luzon Regional Group. Engr. Gonzales’ background in engineering and environmental management as well as her previous research projects on extractive industries were considered to be valuable to the group.

The three other newly minted representatives are Atty. Golda Benjamin from Siliman University for the Visayas region, Mr. Buenaventura Maata, Jr. from the Philippine Grassroots Engagement in Rural Development Foundation, Inc. for the Mindanao region, and Mr. Jose Melvin Lamanilao for the technical group.

As representatives to the PH-EITI MSG, they will be regularly participating in the MSG meetings and engaging in EITI activities. As a member of the MSG, Engr. Gonzales will be serving three years as an alternate member and another three years as a regular member.