Striving to be a voice for the unheard PWDs in the Philippines, Ronnel pushed for accessible services not only in his area but in the rest of the country. His resume is equally impressive. Ronnel is the president of the Philippine Chamber of Massage Industry for Visually Impaired, is part of the Philippine Coalition on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a board member of the Philippine Mental Health Association, president of the Federation of Disabled Persons in Lipa, and is the chief executive officer of Punlaka — a PWD advocacy group based in Region IV.
A man with much vision for everyone, not just his fellow PWDs, he also works as a Housing and Homesite Regulatory Affairs Officer for the government of Batangas. There, he pushed for the Viable Socialized Resettlement Program wherein idle land is taken under consideration to become housing projects for the underprivileged in Batangas. Del Rio is also the first blind person to earn a Master’s degree in the Philippines, having studied Management Technology in De La Salle University in 2003.