NAME: Junior Chamber International Philippines better known as Philippine Jaycees, Inc., registered under the Laws of the Republic of the Philippines, is an affiliate of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs.
MISSION: To contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and fellowship necessary to create positive change.
MEMBERSHIP:Over 6,000 young adults between 18 to 40 from 200 local organizations (LOMs) or chapters throughout the Philippine archipelago.
HEADQUARTERS: National Headquarters is located at Philippine Jaycees Bldg., 14 Don Alejandro Roces Ave., in Quezon City. The three-storey building houses a Secretariat of seven (7) personnel who provides membership and development services to local chapters and organization members. Chief Administrative Officer is an Executive Director who reports directly to the Secretary General.
NATIONAL EVENTS: The National Convention is held every second weekend of October. This year the 59th National Convention will be held in Cebu City from October 11–14, 2007. The General Membership meets in this annual gathering to conduct training and business seminars, as well as undertake its other activities provided in its annual order of business. Its five (5) Area Conferences is simultaneously held every first weekend of September of every year.
This year the simultaneous conferences will be held on August 31 to September 2, 2007 in Angeles City for Area I to be hosted by JCI Philippines-Angeles Culiat, Area II will be in Metro Manila to be hosted by the Metro East Jaycees ; Area III in in Legaspi City hosted by the JCI Philippines Legaspi; Area IV in Catbalogan, Samar hosted by the JCI Catbalogan Balud and Area V, in Davao City hosted by the JCI Philippines Central Davao. All these meetings produce specific plans for community-based action on issues of leadership training and business or entrepreneurship. Also during this event, the General Membership will elect its incoming national officers.
HISTORY: The first Junior Chamber International was organized in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. on October 13, 1915. On December 11, 1944, representatives from eight (8) 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, Zamboanga , Davao, iloilo, Lucena, Cabanatuan, Capiz, Cavite and Tacloban.
The first national convention was held February 11-13, 1949 at the Manila Hotel. The former Hon. Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. was elected the first National President.
HOW THE JAYCEES ATTAIN ITS GOALS: The Jaycees operates of the premise that the development of individual character and personality will result in better communities and eventually, a more peaceful world. The organization may be described as a University of Leaders–the students are its members; the curriculum is leadership development; and its campus, the world.
PROGRAMS:The Philippine Jaycees, Inc. evolve around four (4) areas of opportunity. These areas offer numerous activities for members to acquire or refine their leadership skills and provide multiple channels for communities to benefit from the Junior Chamber experience. The four (4) areas of opportunities are:
INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITIES: Jaycees offers opportunities for personal development. Seminars such as Leadership in Action, Personal Dynamics, Effective Communications, and Goal Setting, among others, help members to improve public speaking skills, learn leadership skills, improve their communications abilities and enhance their personality.
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES: The Jaycees provides the member immersion program in his community, becomes aware of its needs and implements to answer those needs. In this key area, Jaycees become catalysts for positive change, serving the greater good of the society. The Jaycees put into practice the skills they have developed through service to their communities, to the country and to mankind.
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: The Jaycees make available very impressive international opportunities. In this area, the member can derive awareness of what is happening in other cultures, and helps the member to establish a network of professional and business connections throughout the world. The Jaycees offers its members the opportunity to contribute towards world peace, simply by creating goodwill and friendship with their fellow Jaycees from other countries. In brief, the Jaycees provides young people the opportunity to succeed. It offers the challenges that make life more meaningful, worthwhile and personally rewarding.
BUSINESS AREA OF OPPORTUNITY: Junior Chamber since established in 1915, almost around 400,000 of its members all over the world are offered or involved in some business networking activity and working on their own for another company or preparing to open their own business. It is definitely a federation/organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs. And among the Junior Chamber’s program thrusts are: (1) to give emphasis on entrepreneurship (2) to enable young people to have an active role and voice in the business community and, (3) to learn how to conduct business through their leadership skills and become successful leaders in the business industry.
Business opportunities give Junior Chamber the chance to enhance the economics life of the community, by conducting projects to increase business productivity. Economic progress can be achieved by visiting successful companies to learn how they conduct their business, and by inviting successful entrepreneurs to speak at monthly meetings. Junior Chambers can conduct training sessions on how to enhance company operations and promote free enterprises as the best way to achieve economic justice.
Many National Organizations and chapters organize special trade missions to other countries to establish business relations and exchange technology; organize small investment clubs; publish business directories, and other relevant activities. At World Congress, trade seminars encourage members to practice free enterprise and develop business contacts or networks.
THE PHILIPPINE JAYCEES-ITS MEMBERS
Since the founding of Junior Chamber International Philippines 55 years ago, the organization continues to assume key roles in the international arena. Among the past JCI World Presidents coming from the Philippine Jaycees not to mention those who held elected international positions as Exec. Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents are:
1. RAMON V. DEL ROSARIO , SR.
1951 JCI World President
– Served as Ambassador of the Philippines to Japan
and now heads the PHINMA Group of Companies
2. ROBERTO VILLANUEVA (Deceased)
1953 JCI World President
3. FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
1976 JCI World President
– Former General Manager of Government Service Insurance System
(GSIS) and head of various government corporations i.e. Manila Hotel,
PAL, Member of the House of Representatives and currently Mayor of
Quezon City, Philippines.
4. VICTOR JOSE I. LUCIANO
1985 JCI World President
Quezon City Capitol Jaycees
– He is now a successful businessman.
5. CRISPIN C. DY, JR.
1997 JCI World President
– a prominent and successful businessman.
WHERE ARE THE GRADUATES NOW ?
Among the Jaycees, past and present members, assuming leadership position in government as of 2003 are:
1. Philippine Senate – 4 out of 24, or 16.67%
2. House of Representatives – 25 out of 218, 0r 12.14%
3. Provincial Governors – 3 of 76, or 3.75%
4. City/Municipal Mayors – 20 out of 1,559, or 1.28%
5. Cabinet Secretaries/Under/Asst. Secretaries – 7
6. Government Corporations – 4
7. In Diplomatic Posts – 3
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP PROFILE
Total current membership (age 18 to 40) totals 6,000 excluding active associates of past members numbering more than 5,000 and an auxiliary group of Junior Jaycees, numbering over 3,500 members operating in more than 300 communities across the Philippine archipelago. The Philippines Jaycees, Inc. is an authentic people’s leadership training and development organization with members coming from all walks of life, of divergent professions and careers. It is a rural-based, national organization with 85% of total chapters in the countryside and the rest in highly urbanized centers, countrywide.
1. Age group: 18-20 regulars or 6.0%
21-25 regulars or 17.4%
26-30 regulars or 30.8%
31-35 regulars or 25.1%
36-40 regulars or 20.7%
Professions: Businessman 32.2%
Private Employee 14.9%
Government Employee 9.6%
Nurse/Other Allied 5.0%
Business Executive 45%
Medical Practitioner 3.4%
Government Official 1.9%
Law Practitioner 1.5%
PHILIPPINE JAYCEES LANDMARK PROGRAMS
The Philippine Jaycees initiated, organized and continues to confer among the most prestigious awards in the Philippines namely:
1) The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 1962 in which initiated by the Manila Jaycees in 1959 as the Ten Outstanding Young Men;
2) The Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines (TOPP), 1967, initiated by the Quezon City “Capitol” Jaycees in 1965
3) The Voice of Philippine Democracy (VOPD) a nationwide oratorical competition on the value of freedom and democracy is another institutional project of the Philippines Jaycees since the 1950s.
The Jaycees undertake annual activities to help raise funds for government programs for the out-of-school youth and street children. One of such projects is the ALAY LAKAD an annual walk-for-a-cause held nationwide. This was originally conceived in 1972 by the Makati Jaycees.
PHILIPPINE JAYCEES AS AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
The JCI Philippines, being the University of Leaders, is the only special non-formal training institution that provides non-stop leadership training and development to its members, as well as for non-Jaycees who want to avail of its training expertise and facilities. It is accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider. More so, it is an accredited Corruption Prevention Unit (CPU) of the Office of the Ombudsman, among other accrediting government entities.
HOW THE PHILIPPINE JAYCEES SUSTAINS ITS OPERATIONS?
With its limited annual operating budget, almost 90% is derived from membership dues and 10% from various ways and means activities.
Through 56th years non-stop operations, the Jaycees survive mainly through the spirit of VOLUNTEERISM. Elected National Officers commit to shoulder in part all their traveling expenses related to national projects and institutionalized programs. All of its programs and projects are conducted on self-liquidating basis. Resource mobilization for projects and programs then becomes the main areas of training in local as well as national and international operations.
PHILIPPINE JAYCEES PREPARES ITSELF FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS
The country’s economy affects the growth of membership nationwide, both in quality and quantity considering that 85% percent of members are from rural areas. To counter this adverse effect, we have come up with the following strategies:
1. Actively participate in the ENTREPRENEURSHIP program and promote SUSTAINABLE COUNTRYSIDE DEVELOPMENT.
2. Establish a PUBLISHING HOUSE.
3. Organize a TRAINING CENTERS
4. Increase in membership base via handsome add ons.
5. Mobilize the entire resources, including the past awardees in the volunteering efforts to gain goodwill, understanding, public confidence.
Strengthen and upgrade the SECRETARIAT by accepting local and/or foreign grants and subsidy.