Photo courtesy of The Climate Reality Project – Australia

Through the years, Rod has been involved in different advocacies and causes on human rights, enviromental sustaianability, and cultural and arts heritage. Some of his engagements are through community, people’s and non-government organizations.

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Bayay Sibuyanon Inc.

Bayay Sibuyanon Inc., founded in 2011, is an inter-generational convergence of volunteers with aims to conserve, protect, rehabilitate and revive ecological balance and culture of Sibuyan Island while forming responsible future leaders to sustain voluntary efforts and to inculcate in the young people the principle of unconditional community service. ‘Bayay’ means home and ‘Sibuyanon’ means inhabitant of Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon. Rod is currently the chairperson of the convergence.

Living Laudato Si Philippines

Living Laudato Si Philippines is a call to act strategically on the climate crisis.

The movement encourages civil society, institutions and individuals to sign-up for a petition and execute advocacies relevant to climate adaptation and mitigation. We aim to encourage people to proudly waive the green flag for the environment and live by the Church’s social teachings. One strategic way to address this sad reality is to tell the appointed stewards of our financial resources to withhold deposits, investments, and loans to institutions that are engaged in or enable the growth of businesses and ventures that harm the environment.

With this, we are calling on our Catholic institutions—our parishes, our dioceses, our religious orders, our schools, our Catholic communities—to come together and make our voices heard in the most powerful way we can today.

This initiative is anchored towards its mandate to promote sustainable development and counter environmental degradation. It is a mirror Pope Francis’ visions to save the earth through the strength of collective action.

Rod serves as co-lead convener of the movement.

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I Am Making a Difference

Founded in 2009 by 2013 Search for Outstanding Volunteers national youth awardee Mark Conrad Rivero Ravanzo and youth leader Christian Marx P. Rivero, I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference) is a movement of youth volunteers with an advocacy to make a difference in the lives of the many, especially the Filipino children. It aims to instill the passion of Filipino children to shout I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference). Rod served as chairperson of the organization.


The Climate Reality Project

In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a climate revolution, and later that year, he founded The Climate Reality Project to take the conversation forward and turn awareness into action.

The Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to help solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are cultural leaders, marketers, organizers, scientists, storytellers and more, and we are committed to building a better future together.

Rod is a trained Climate Reality Leader and he served as volunteer Philippine district manager from 2009 to 2016, and as full time Country Manager from 2016 to 2019.


National Commission for Culture and the Arts

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is the Philippine institution tasked to coordinate & implement the overall policies and program on Philippine culture and arts. Pursuant to Sec. 8 of RA No. 7356, NCCA is mandated to formulate policies for the development of culture and the arts: To coordinate & implement the overall policies and program of attached agencies on the development of culture and arts as stated under Executive Order No. 80; Administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts; Encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom; Develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and, Preserve Filipino cultural heritage.

Rod, as one of NCCA’s private sector representatives, he is tasked to head of the Tagalog/Bantoanon/Rombloanon ethnolinguistic cluster and currently executive committee member of the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities, under the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA). He currently chairs the oversight committee for NCCA’s project grants for Luzon. He also successfully lobbied for the membership of NCCA at MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC).


MIMAROPA Regional Development Council

The Regional Development Council (RDC) is the primary institution to coordinate and to set the direction of all efforts for economic and social development in the region. It is also a forum where local initiatives can be related and integrated wit national development activities.

MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) was formally created through Republic Act 10879 otherwise know as MIMAROPA Act.

Rod is a voting member representing the private sector of the RDC and currently chairs its Economic Development Committee (EDC) which is tasked to

  • Recommend to the RDC government policies, programs and projects on economic development consistent with national development objectives and priorities;
  • Integrate the sectoral plans and programs of local government units in the regional sectoral plans and programs and coordinates all sectoral planning and programming activities of sectoral line agencies in the region;
  • Analyze and integrates sectoral information and statistics in the preparation of the annual regional development report;
  • Assist the Council in the translation of the national development goals into specific regional sectoral objectives and strategies;
  • Perform other related functions as may be assigned by the Council/Ex-Com

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