Renz Christian ARGAO
Coordinator, RfP International Youth Committee
Philippines | Roman Catholic
Renz Christian Argao is a Licensed Psychologist. He is a Faculty Member at the Department of Psychology of the University of Santo Tomas. He is a candidate for the degree Doctor of Philosophy major in Clinical Psychology at the UST Graduate School. An internationally recognized expert in traumatic stress, he is one of the handful of Filipinos who hold the status of a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Renz headed psychosocial programs for the women, youth and military in the armed conflict areas in Central Mindanao. In the project Counseling for Peace, Renz coordinated the team that provided trauma healing programs for the youth and indigenous people in Central Mindanao.
A youth leader since he was in high school, Renz has led and been part of several student and youth organizations nationally. Currently, he is a National Adviser of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, a non-government, non-profit organization that empowered the youth to lobby for the Mental Health Law in the Philippines, which was recently passed by Congress. He also organized several national youth congresses on mental health, as well as an Asian regional conference of psychotherapists.
Renz is a Co-Moderator of the Religions for Peace Asia and the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (RfP-APIYN). Since 2015, he has been involved with Religions for Peace as Youth Coordinator of Religions for Peace Philippines. He organized the 2016 Asia Religious Youth Peace Camp and has participated in several APIYN Flagship Projects such as the Our Earth, Our Responsibility Campaign and the Eat, Pray, Love Campaign. In the Philippines, RfP Philippines has empowered the youth to work with the Philippine Government and other faith-based organizations to support the National Greening Program through tree-planting projects.