Charina Garrido-Ocampo

Corporate Engagement Lead

Charina Garrido-Ocampo joined Monsanto Philippines, Inc. early 2010 as its Corporate Affairs Lead.

Charina started her career at the Philippine House of Representatives (HoR) as legislative staff officer (LSO) at the HoR’s Committee on Public Information. For several years, Charina worked with the officers of the Public Affairs Department of the Philippine Broadcast Services (PBS) to produce the radio program “Ang Bayan at ang Kongreso” (The Country and the Congress) where she aired her own news reports and interviews with Congressional officials and staff members.

In early 2000, Charina transferred to the newly-created Public Information Office at the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC-PIO) as Information Officer. In her three and a half year stint at the Judicial Branch, Charina held the positions of Legal Researcher at the Court of Appeals, Legal Researcher at the Supreme Court, and finally, Chief Judicial Staff Officer at the SC-PIO. She also served as the editor-in-chief of Benchmark, a newsletter published by the Supreme Court for distribution to the Members and staff of the Philippine Judiciary. Charina was among the first batch of Supreme Court mediators trained by the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA). She also co-annotated the first collaborative compilation of Laws and Jurisprudence on Built Heritage.

In late 2003, Charina joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as its Community Relations Manager handling host country, media and community relations. In 2006, Charina’s role expanded to include IRRI’s employee relations. Charina also served as the focal person for IRRI’s Gender and Diversity Program and wrote three widely-distributed children’s books on rice.

Charina graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism and a Law degree from the University of the Philippines - Diliman. She also has a diploma in Human Resources Management and Strategic Development from the Ateneo de Manila’s Center for Organizational Research and Development (Ateneo-CORD). Charina was conferred the Civil Service Executive Eligibility in 2003.