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.

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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 movement.


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 serves as Country Manager of The Climate Reality Project in the Philippines.


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 was tasked to head of the Tagalog/Bantoanon/Rombloanon ethnolinguistic cluster and was elected Vice Head, and currently executive committee member of the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities, under the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA). He is currently lobbying for the inclusion of NCCA as member of regional development councils.

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