World Vision Executive Director Rommel Fuerte highlighted the importance of multi-sectoral response to address violence against children during a prayer event for children held at World Vision Chapel. “Violence, physical or sexual, no matter what the form, is stealing the brighter future for every child. It takes away their dignity, their human rights, and their God-given protections”, said Fuerte.
Rommel V. Fuerte is the current Executive Director of World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF). He rose from the ranks started as Community Development Worker more than 18 years ago.
Mr. Fuerte is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) from the University of Mindanao, Davao City and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern University’s School of International Leadership Development, Pennsylvania, USA. He has extensive achievements and experiences in relief, development, advocacy, academe, consultancy, and business.
His roles within and outside World Vision include Community Development Worker in Capiz, Surigao del Sur and Butuan City, Regional Coordinator in Northeastern Mindanao/Caraga Region, Training Officer for a highly successful tuberculosis treatment and prevention project called “Kusog Baga” covering 11 provinces and more than 10 cities in the Philippines, Invited Professor for Social Work courses in Southern Christian College, Director for Operations and Strategy Management for World Vision in the Philippines, Strategy Specialist for World Vision Asia Pacific Region based in Bangkok, Thailand covering 16 country offices, Independent Consultant for profit and non-profit organizations and special assignments for emergency responses in Indonesia and Iraq.
Mr. Fuerte also served as Board member of the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhliCAT) and the Midsayap Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Currently, Board Chair of the Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), a micro-finance institution with head office in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Chair of the CRC CSO Coalition in the Philippines, member of the National Capital Region Development Council, Institutional Awardee of the University of Mindanao and a lifetime member of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI).
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“It is possible for every child to be protected, reach her or his full potential and experience life in all its fullness. The work is far from over but by working together, ending violence against children is possible,” said Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.
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For the turning over of the donation, Rex Bookstore Chairman Atty. Dominador Buhain and COO Mr. Don Timothy Buhain were joined on-stage by World Vision Executive Director, Mr. Rommel Fuerte.
“Every child deserves a decent house to go home to, a chance to go to school and to be protected from the impact of any disaster. By complementing the government’s efforts in empowering their parents to bounce back from their losses, we are also helping ensure these children’s well-being,” shares Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.