POSITION AND AFFILIATION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Director for the Philippine Programme, Community and Family Services International (CFSI)
ARTICULATED VISION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Sustainable education for uprooted children and youth in Pagalungan, Maguindanao
“Through continuous collaborative and participatory processes, I envision conflict-affected communities to be empowered.”
Vladimir Hernandez is the Director for the Philippine Programme of the Community and Family Services International, an organization that strives to alleviate the plight of people who have been uprooted by persecution, armed conflict, disaster and other exceptionally difficult circumstances. It is his personal vision to see these conflict affected communities having the capacity to protect their people, especially the children, from the harsh effects of being displaced and to address the barriers to education amidst the difficult situation that they are in.
Hernandez has been specifically involved in conflict affected communities in Central Mindanao. By partnering with various funding institutions, he has focused his efforts on implementing education interventions that will increase the access of the poor and displaced to basic education. In the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Hernandez has assisted CFSI to enable more than 700 out-of-school children and youth gain access to basic education. School infrastructures, such as Play Centers, where the intellectual development and psychosocial well-being of uprooted children can be stimulated and promoted, have been constructed as a result of their program.
The post of Director for Philippine Programme was given to Hernandez in February 2007, after serving ten months as Programme Officer for Humanitarian Assistance. He holds a Master’s Degree on Public Administration from the University of the Philippines and undertook specialized training on humanitarian standards on behalf of CFSI in Singapore.