It starts with us.
This has been the guiding theme of JCI Yllana for the year 2020. You may have seen or read this mostly on our social media posts and in our publications. What we would hope for you to have noticed this is through our actions.
‘It Starts With Us’ is our commitment to embody the ideals set forth by our global organization, Junior Chamber International – a global network of young active citizens.
When we co-hosted the Area Council Meeting for JCI Philippines – Area V in Pagadian City in February 2020, we presented our programs for the year and how it would advance our mission of creating sustainable impact in our communities. Among others, we also launched the 2020 National Training Program with our National Training Director, JCI Senator Alfred Vargas of JCI Quezon City Capitol. The training program was in line with JCI Philippines’ commitment to develop young active citizens and create an environment wherein people are MOLDED and MOTIVATED to effect positive change
And then the pandemic happened – crushing all our carefully laid plans.
However, what the pandemic also provided was the opportunity to prove our resilience and adaptive capacities. JCI has fostered young leaders who make the right things happen, pandemic or no pandemic.
Our transition to digital was almost immediate. Two weeks after the imposed nationwide lockdown, JCI Yllana launched The Oyster BLOC Livestreams, where we maximized the power of social media in bringing timely and relevant information that would continue our efforts in empowering each other into being active citizens.
Our video on creating DIY face shields is among our posts with the highest engagements, thereby capacitating households and individuals to contribute to the bayanihan of Filipinos in responding to COVID-19.
With the support of the community, JCI Yllana is committed to continue our efforts on disaster response, skills development and, above all, communication. JCI Yllana endeavors to constantly innovate programs and projects that are timely and relevant.
My sincerest appreciation to all the JCI Yllana ladies who have exemplified leadership excellence, especially during these trying times.
‘It Starts With Us’ started as our theme. Now, it is our promise.