Horacio M. Torres, Jr. has over 36 years of management experience in the field of community development. He has 26 years of management experience in working with Plan International (1986 to 2013) in various countries such as Guatemala, the Philippines, Ecuador, Rhode Island/USA, India, Pakistan, Thailand, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua and Panama. At Plan, he was involved in Field and Country Office management, representation to host government, liaising with government, non-government and international organizations, strategic planning, resource mobilization, program development, sponsorship services and communications, and financial and personnel administration.
Prior to Plan International, Horacio had ten years of work experience with government and non-government organizations in the fields of community development, family welfare, and livelihood/micro enterprise promotion amongst urban and rural excluded communities. His work included program and project conceptualization, proposal preparation for grant funding, program management, consultancy to micro-enterprises and other grassroots community associations/organizations, fund sourcing, networking and linkage-building, program policy formulation, evaluation and mobilization of community resources and groups.
Horacio completed units toward a Masters in Social Work at the Institute of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, and then earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from Asian Social Institute, Manila, Philippines. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English, Philosophy and Education from Immaculate Heart Mission Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines, and earned highest honors.
Horacio participated as a Fellow in the Study Tour of Livelihood Programs in Developing Countries in Asia, sponsored by Appropriate Technology International, Washington, D.C. He also served as a Fellow in the International Program on Monitoring, Research and Evaluation of Community-Based Development Programs, sponsored by the Asian Center for Population and Community Development in Bangkok, Thailand. He is proficient in Spanish, Pilipino and several other Philippine languages.