Ruth S. Callanta, president of the Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries, was recently named a finalist in the Asia CEO Awards program, in its global Filipino executive of the year category.
The award is given to Filipino citizen or persons of Filipino descent who achieve recognizable success in Philippines or abroad in any field but especially in business, government, and academics.
Among the criteria for the award are management and pioneering achievements, international recognition, and social commitments.
Fondly called Ate Ruth by colleagues and staff, Ruth Callanta founded the Center for Community Transformation in 1991 in Tondo, Manila. The non-government initially served retrenched factory employees. CCT has since grown into a group of ministries that serves micro-entrepreneurs, street dwellers, needy children and youth, factory workers, tribespeople, and communities-at-large. In 2016, CCT laid the groundwork for ministry to overseas Filipino workers, starting with those in Hong Kong.