Geela Garcia is a freelance multimedia journalist and peasant advocate based in Manila, Philippines.

Her photographic work, which documents stories of women, food sovereignty, and the environment, aims to write history from the experience of its makers. Her writing and photography appear on the Thomson Reuters Foundation, South China Morning Post, and Philstar among others.

Garcia was among the Top 10 finalists of the Asia Centre 2021-2022 Equitable Asia Award. She is a recipient of reporting grants from the Earth Journalism Network, Climate Tracker, Oxfam Philippines, and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom among others.

Geela Garcia

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Geela Garcia
Multimedia journalist
food sovereignty and the environment

Supported projects

Hands On Deck: Exploitation of Migrant Fishing Workers in Ireland

  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry
  • Human Rights
  • Trafficking

DUBLIN - Recruited to Ireland with the promise of good wages, fishers from the Philippines - often in debt after paying illegal recruitment fees - travel across the world to provide better opportunities for themselves and their families. But a work permission scheme, introduced following exposure of trafficking and exploitation of undocumented workers in the sector, has now become a vehicle to exploit the same workers it was introduced to protect, according to workers' advocates. 

The environmental and social impacts of Europe and Japan's Waste to Energy push in Southeast Asia

  • Environment

South-East Asia’s informal workers are fighting to stop their livelihoods going up in flames with the expansion of waste-to-energy plants.