Michael I. Barredo was born in Manila on April 02, 1955. He graduated from De Lasalle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies in 1975 and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Letters in 1999.
He is a businessman by profession, owner of Bargen Insurance Company and the Director of a family-owned trucking company, Mabar Trucking. He is married to Barbara and has two sons, Stephen and Richard.
Michael Barredo, got in a vehicular accident that left him visually impaired in 1979. He began his involvement with the disabled sector soon after. He became active in the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila and organized projects for disabled indigents. As Director of Manila Jaycees (JCI Manila), his programs included “Liwanag sa Dilim”, CAMP PAG-IBIG and Operation Godparents.
Through the years, he gradually raised the stakes in pursuing a national agenda for the disabled. He was appointed to the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) by then President Corazon Aquino. He worked for the passage of the Free Mailing Services for the Blind through Executive Order 295, as well as raised funds to assist Resources for the Blind to produce text books, materials on tape for the visually Impaired students through the International Bazaar. In 1989 he also help raise funds for the housing project of Ephpheta Foundation.
During this time (1988-1997), as a member of the board of the NCWDP he chaired the Sub-Committee of Accessibility and Transportation for land, sea and air. He co-authored the book ADEPT for the public to have better understanding on how to handle a disabled person and the elderly when they travel. He was a founding member of the following groups for persons with disabilities: Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy) Federation, Federation of Disabled Persons of the Philippines (KAMPI) and the Philippine Blind Union (PBU), which he now Chairs.
In 1980 – 1990, he was a member of the Sectoral Council PWD Sector of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) as well as board member of the Ephpheta Foundation and the Philippine Catholic Association for the Blind (PHILCAB). In 1997, he formed the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled as per the “Sports for All” program of then President Fidel V. Ramos. As its president he was able to organize the 1st National Games for the disabled in year 2000. He also headed the delegations to the various international sporting events such as the Paralympics, ASEAN/Asian Para Games. He was a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission and 2005 was elected President of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), an international organization for blind athletes.
He is President of Access Unlimited Foundation and presently co-hosts two radio programs, “Daang Walang Hanggan” which has been on the air for over twelve years on Radyo ng Bayan (DZRB 738) every Sunday 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m and the “Paralympic Hour” ten years running every Wednesday 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m on Sports Radio (DZSR 918) advocating for the rights and concerns and sports for Persons With Disabilities.
For his pioneering efforts, he was conferred the Apolinario Mabini Award for business in 1989 and The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Humanitarian service in 1992, and the De La Salle University Sports hall of Fame Award for his outstanding contribution to the national sports for the differently abled in 2006. In 2013 in Athens Greece he received from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) the Paralympic order award the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic movement can achieve.
In an effort to cement his commendable undertakings in empowering the disabled sector through representation in Congress, he helped organize the “Pilipinos With Disabilities (PWD) Inc.” Party-list and was chosen as the organization’s official nominee as Sectoral Representative.