Rommel V. Fuerte is the National Director of World Vision Development Foundation, Inc., the Philippines’ largest child-focused humanitarian organization. His experiences in relief, development, advocacy, academe, consultancy and business span 20 years.
At World Vision, he began his career as a Community Development Worker in the Philippines, in the provinces of Capiz, Surigaodel Sur and Agusan del Norte. He was Program Facilitator and Regional Coordinator in Caraga Region in the northeastern section of the island of Mindanao. Also, he was Training Officer for a highly successful tuberculosis treatment and prevention project called “KusogBaga” covering 11 provinces and more than 10 cities nationwide. He rose from the ranks and held key positions such as Director for Operations and Director for Strategy Management.
For his contribution to World Vision’s work and other stints globally, he served as Strategy Specialist for Asia Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand covering 16 country offices, and became an Independent Consultant for profit and non-profit organizations and special assignments for emergency responses in Indonesia, Iraq and other countries.
Under his leadership as National Director in the Philippines, World Vision was able to serve more than 1 million Filipino children every year through its relief, development and advocacy programs, with the help and engagement of thousands of sponsors and donors locally.
In 2018, he was recognized as the country’s most outstanding social worker in the humanitarian sector by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc., where he is a lifetime member. He is also an Institutional Awardee of the University of Mindanao.
Mr. Fuerte holds the following positions: Board Chair of Community Economic Ventures, Inc., Member of the Board of the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network; and Convener of the Philippine Coalition of Advocates for Nutrition Security, Inc.
In July 2020, Mr. Fuerte was appointed by the Philippine President as member of the Board representing the private sector in the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Mr. Fuerte is a Registered Social Worker. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Mindanao and pursued his Master of Business Administration in the Eastern University’s School of International Leadership Development, Pennsylvania, USA.