1,500 attend nat’l JCI convention in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2011 17:48

The 63rd national convention of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), formerly known as the Philippine Jaycees, opened smoothly and welcomed early registrants at the Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday.

The convention will end on October 9. Some 1,500 delegates from different nationwide chapters of JCI are expected to  attend this annual gathering of community leaders whose age ranges from 18 to 40 years old.

Guided by the vision, “To be the leading global network of young active citizens”, current JCI national president Bernard Faustino Dy, explained in a press conference, that what differentiates JCI from other civic organizations is that it focuses more on the development of leaders who can create positive changes in their communities. It is an organization that will remain apolitical inviting members from different sectors of the society regardless of their economic status in life.

The first Junior Chamber International (JCI) was organized in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. on October 13, 1915. On December 11, 1944, representatives from eight nations met in Mexico City and the world organization-Junior Chamber International was founded. In 1974, the movement crossed the Pacific and the Manila Jaycees was founded with the approval of its Constitution on December 20, 1947. By 1948, eleven new chapters were organized in the following key cities: Cebu, San Pablo, Bacolod, Tacloban , Davao, Iloilo, Lucena, Cabanatuan, Capiz, Cavite and Zamboanga City.

Two projects of the JCI which have become institutions are the “Voice of Democracy” oratorical contest among students and the annual search for the “The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines”.

Also to this great credit and to this day widely remembered is “Operations Brotherhood”, a humanitarian project in Vietnam and Laos whose methodology evolved out of the “Help the Barrio” project initiated by the late Zamboanga City Mayor Cesar Climaco and later adopted nationwide by the Philippine Jaycees, under the name “Help Juan”. 

The essence of “Operation Brotherhood” was an enlarged and more systematic application of a multi-disciplinary approach in helping the needy.

Incoming national JCI president is a Zamboagueño — Engr. Ivan Randolf Ruste. He is a successful and respected contractor whose projects nationwide are highly regarded by private and government clients. He is also known for being an active JCI officer who is very supportive of different JCI leadership projects.

JCI Zamboanga is the third oldest chapter in the Philippines and the first in Mindanao.    This is also the third time that Zamboanga City is hosting this JCI National Conference.    Credit goes to this year National Convention Director and past president JCI Zamboanga Mannix Dalipe who traveled around the country and successfully invited his co-JCI to come and enjoy the splendor and serenity of Asia’s Latin City.