Kevin Martin dela Cruz has been working in the development sector for five (5) years assuming various roles as a social entrepreneur, government consultant for livelihood and education, and a program development manager. He started working as a program consultant for the Asian Institute of Management Center for Bridging Leadership and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines.
He has been a well-sought resource speaker and trainer by various youth and sectoral groups and organizations around the Philippines. To date, he has already given talks and workshops for over fifty (60) offices and organizations, which include the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Jesuit Volunteers Philippines, Team Energy Foundation Incorporated, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – East Asia Pacific (ANSA-EAP), Far Eastern University, Univeristy of the Philippines – Diliman, and The Asia Foundation discussing topics ranging from youth leadership to social entrepreneurship development. He has already presented his experiences related to his diverse social innovation engagements in the Global Social Innovation Forum in Singapore and the Philippine Good Governance Summit.
He is also the founder of Ronda Palengke Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to provide technical and business support to urban and rural community-based enterprises and cooperatives. For this initiative, he has successfully partnered with the Sikap Buhay Foundation based in the City of Quezon, and the Institute of Social Enterprise Development for the Community Enterprise Program to bridge community-based enterprises to possible market opportunities and enterprise partners.
To strengthen the social enterprise model for this foundation, he is concurrently doing research consultancy works for the Center of Asian Mission for the Poor in their cooperative development project and for ANSA-EAP in their program sustainability project for the CheckMySchool Program.
Also, he is the training manager of the Good Governance Initiative that aims to transform university students into consultants of local government units through a collaborative fellowship program.
He is also a youth fellow/ambassador of the Asian Institute of Management, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He is awarded by Meg Magazine as one of the 30 under 30 Youth Movers and Achievers of the Philippines in 2013.
He currently works as a Regional Supervisor of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.