Secretary/Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection
Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, 2011 to 2016
Nereus (who goes by Neric) served as Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection. In May 2010, he ran for the national Senate under the Liberal Party of President Aquino, placing 20th in a field of 63. He continues to serve as Secretary-General of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, which works with leading liberal-democratic parties in Asia for greater democratization and the strengthening of human rights. Neric completed three consecutive terms (1998-2007) as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, where he was the principal author of environmental laws on solid waste management, biodiversity, and pollution in the Philippines. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Ecology and Chair of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Human Development.