Voltaire Tupaz



Follow him on Twitter via @VoltaireTupaz
Email him at: voltaire.tupaz@rappler.com

Voltaire was born in Tacloban, Leyte, and graduated with a degree in social sciences from UP-Baguio where he served as student council chairperson. He headed the Baguio and Benguet chapter of the National Union of Students of the Philippines and served as the youngest secretary general of Tongtongan Ti Umili (People's Forum), a multi-sectoral network in Metro Baguio.

Before joining Rappler, Voltz was the executive director of a consortium of non-government organizations that promotes sustainable development and food security. He also served as a policy advocacy specialist for various non-profit organizations and an international environmental network, raising awareness about a range of issues that included indigenous knowledge systems, appropriate technology, climate change and other development issues.

In Rappler, Voltz creates and manages platforms for public discussion, opening avenues for citizen involvement online and on the ground.

One of the pioneers of Move.PH, Rappler's citizen journalism arm, Voltz moves around the country organizing the 'Social Media for Social Change' chat series. He often covers green causes and, sometimes, red carpets. In between, he retreats to white sand and blue seas.

May 2018
MOVEPH 07:39pm, May 23, 2018
In 360 video: Hope for Marawi a year after the siege

MARAWI CITY, Philippines –Thousands of families from Marawi and neighboring communities left everything behind when armed conflict broke out on May 23, 2017. Five months of war displaced more than ...

Dec 2017
AGOS 02:32pm, Dec 31, 2017
Prepare for Agaton, first possible storm of 2018 – NDRRMC

MANILA, Philippines – On New Year’s Eve, December 31, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) urged residents in areas to be affected by the possible first storm of 2018 ...

AGOS 12:22pm, Dec 31, 2017
DSWD thanks #ReliefPH volunteers

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed its gratitude to volunteers who responded to its call for help to repack relief goods at the agency's National ...

AGOS 09:00pm, Dec 29, 2017
UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The humanitarian agencies of the United Nations are prepared to help the government address urgent needs in areas that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta ...

RECOVERY 10:24pm, Dec 27, 2017
WATCH: What Duterte promised mayors in Vinta-hit Lanao del Norte

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – From the air, President Rodrigo Duterte saw the extent of the devastation caused by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin) in Lanao del Norte province on his way to a ...

IMHO 09:04pm, Dec 23, 2017
PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

MANILA, Philippines – With the death toll from Vinta (Tembin) rising by the dozens within hours, it is becoming apparent that local authorities and rescuers were taken by surprise by the force of ...

AGOS 12:27pm, Dec 23, 2017
Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

MANILA, Philippines - Lanao del Sur province, including Marawi City, was placed under a state of calamity on Friday, December 22, due to widespread flooding in the area caused by Tropical Storm ...

AGOS 11:36am, Dec 22, 2017
Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Just in time for Christmas, around 500 families in remote Biliran towns that were affected by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) received relief goods from the Archdiocese ...

PHILIPPINES 08:38pm, Dec 15, 2017
Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Tacloban City was placed under state of calamity on Friday, December 15, due to widespread flooding and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) to Eastern ...

AGOS 06:19pm, Dec 15, 2017
DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kicked off the government’s national disaster response operation for Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) at 5 pm, ...