HON. ORLANDO R. RAVANERA, CSEE, CEO VI
Cooperative Development Authority
Champions are made because of their dreams and their passion with the brave heart to single-mindedly put those dreams into reality despite threats, attempts to life and extra-ordinary sacrifices. For passionately working on regaining back the lost ecological integrity, on empowering the people, on pursuing peace in Mindanao through cooperativism and his advocacy for transformative cooperatives for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace, he was recently adjudged as the Community Championin a national search by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), aptly describing him as a Hero.
Be it in the government or cause-oriented groups the passion to serve the least of our brethren: the peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, students, factory workers and rank-and-file government employees is never lost in Orlando R. Ravanera or simply ORLAND– the cooperative man, journalist and environmental activist.
As Regional Director of CDA Cagayan de Oro from 2003 up to his appointment as CDA Chairman, he virtually opened more avenues to reach out to the less privileged, the oppressed and the downtrodden in whose name and for whose cause he is in government for. He has personified the Jesuit tradition of being man for others, giving more of himself for worthwhile causes, that is to love, to give and to serve especially for the last, the lost and the least.
His ideas on cooperative revolution which reverberated in several Regional Mindanao-wide and National Cooperative Summits earned him a vote by his peers as Chairman of the Regional Director’s Association of the CDA in the entire country. A firm believer of paradigm shifts, he metamorphosed the cooperative sector to become more resilient to keep up with the changing times. That along the pecuniary and material interest cooperatives can pursue, they can also be a force to reckon with in building a sustainable community.
For the past several years, he has strongly advocated for lasting Peace in Mindanao and has shown that he can lead the Cooperative Sector among Civil Society Organizations in supporting the government’s current initiatives to attain lasting Peace in Mindanao.
Formerly the Regional Director of CDA in Region 10, Chairman Ravanera has manifested a clear grasp of the Cooperatives’ role not only in poverty alleviation but more positively of the Cooperatives’ role in developing/advancing agriculture as a key to inclusive growth. He has the innate qualities of knowing and feeling what policies should be in place to provide a healthy condition for real and genuine cooperativism by reaching out to more of the marginalized and mainstreaming them especially in the development processes.
The Chair, often passionately scribbles his ideas, discuss it with peers and come well prepared to conferences. He has travelled extensively to many countries in the world like North America, Europe and Southeast Asia, presenting various papers on community-led sustainable development, poverty alleviation, environmental protection and people empowerment.
A product of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan with Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Major in Agricultural Economics and post graduate of Bachelor of Laws from the same university, Chairman Orland Ravanera founded the Task Force Macajalar – the group instrumental in blocking logging trucks through direct actions called human barricades against logging in Northern Mindanao. He is also the Chairman of the Philippine Federation of Rural Broadcasters (PFRB) in Region 10.
He had been voted in many capacities, such as: Regional Chairman of Bansang Nagkakaisa sa Diwa at Layunin (Bandila); Member, BANDILA National Council; National Secretary-General of Lakas ng Magsasakang Pilipino Nation-wide (LMP), the Peasant Arm of Bandila); President, Regional Association of Government Communicators (1982 – 1987); Chairman – Regional Science Information Network; President – Golden Village Neighborhood Association, among others. His leadership abilities are manifested by his election to various organizations, as aforementioned, not only in the country but also in the ASEAN as he was elected as President in his KOICA class in Korea in the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives.
Prior to his stint with the government service, he worked for 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Alternative Rural Technology, Inc. (CART), the NGO organized by known well-known social democrat personalities, to be a countervailing force against rural poverty and social injustice during the Martial Law Regime.
In behalf of the Task Force Macajalar as founding Chairman, he received the Public Service Award from Xavier University in 1993 for “stopping the flow of logs and for improving the quality of life of the poor.” He also received the 50th United Nations Award for the Center for Alternative Rural Technology (CART) from the friends of the United Nations in Ottawa, Canada in 1995.
He is presently the Chairman of Sulog, One Sendong is Enough, Inc., a multi sectoral coalition advocating for ecological integrity, that successfully stopped illegal mining and illegal logging operations in Cagayan de Oro City. He is a co-signatory of a Memorandum of Agreement of a CDA -10 led initiative of a 10-member agencies of government by Order of the Court of Appeals to stop illegal mining and logging in Cagayan de Oro City. He is the Presiding Officer of the Order that is instrumental in establishing Task Force Kinaiyahan. He also sits as Board Member of the Cagayan de Oro City Mining Regulatory Board.
The Chairman is a columnist in the local paper in Region 10- the Sun Star, twice a week, focusing on Cooperatives, Environment & People Empowerment believing that the people united can never be defeated.