Commissioner Earl PioquintoSaavedra is from Mindanao. He was born and raised in the Island Province of Basilan with a family background known for honest and dedicated track record in Public Service. He was Diocesan Seminarian who ended up becoming an Educator by profession.
He worked for the Local Government of Isabela City as Administrator of a Special Youth Office created under the City Mayor in 2004 while pursuing his college degree. He was also active in the establishment and institutionalization of student leadership programs, career pathways for young people including livelihood provisions for the out of school and vulnerable youth within the locality.
Part of his humble beginnings was when he joined the Aquino Presidential Campaign last May 2010 as the youngest People Power Volunteer Provincial Coordinator in Mindanaospecifically handling the Basilan Chapter.
His services for the government continued when he was made Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Social Welfare and Development on August 2010 and served in a concurrent capacity as Advisor for Street Families and Children. In a few months, they have implemented programs geared towards the comprehensive strategy to help address the issues involving less fortunate people of the society together with the Council for the Welfare of Children, Metro Manila Development Authority and the17 Local Government Units of the National Capital Region.
Earl was also a recipient of awards and citations such as the Rizal saMakabagongPanahon Outstanding Youth Awardee for Mindanao, Presidential Award for Student Leadership, Presidential Award for Campus Journalism, Gerry Roxas Leadership Award and Outstanding Ateneode Zamboanga University NAMASTE Scholar in 2006. These were distinct from the local commendations he received fromother socio-civic organizations and associations.
His affiliations include the National Alumni Association of Supreme Student Governments where he once served as Vice President for Mindanao, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Rotary Club, People Power Volunteers for Reform and SulongNoyNoy Now. He is also a Roman Catholic Third Order Ordained Member of the Society of AgustinianRecollectos.
Last May 5, 2014, he was reappointed by the President of the Philippines as Commissioner Representing Mindanao of the National Youth Commission with the rank of Assistant Secretary. He now marks his fourth year of service in the institution.
In the National Youth Commission, he chairs the Committee on Youth with Specific Needs and represents the agency in the Dangerous Drugs Board.
He is also the head of the Committee on International Affairs which handles all foreign exchange programs and youth bilateral agreements coordinated by the Commission and are being offered to the members of the youth sector. Such capacity seals his seat in the ASEAN Socio Cultural Committee, Senior Officials Meeting on Youth and the ASEAN Matters Technical Board.
Earl also started the efforts to institutionalize the Revised National Youth Commission Code of Conduct.
Sensitive to the clamor of the members of the youth sector in the field of volunteerism, he introduced key reforms in the implementation of the Government Internship Program which intends to magnify the rationale of providing transitional employment opportunities to the young by capacitating them through trainings and workshops regardless of their educational qualifications.
With best intentions to champion the cause of young Mindanawons, he proposed the conceptualization of the Mindanao Youth Agenda as the new Peace and Development banner of the Commission that would yield to the formulation of strategies, plans and policy actions in harmony with the Philippine Youth Development Plan 2011-2016 in the island of Mindanao where 6 million youth remain hopeful to be empowered.
He also pursued NYC’s partnership in the BaLINKBayan Project with the Commission of Filipinos Overseas which creates diaspora of engagements between the Overseas Filipino Communities and the youth sector of the country.
The Commissioner is also the youngest Member of the Appeals Committee of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) where he was also appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III 2011.
Earl is the grandson of Former Regional State Prosecutor LaurencioEscuderoSaavedra. His father is Samuel Dino Saavedra and LuisabelPioquinto who are also immersed in the civil service platform. He has 2 sisters whom he plays a “Kuya” role.
He serves with utmost sincerity and guided by the principles of “OMNIBUS AMARE ET SERVIRE DOMINO- In everything, love and serve the Lord”.