JCI Week 2023 concludes, promotes advocacy and social change in Naga City
By Pearly A. Esperida
With the theme “On Focus: Advocacy Driven Mission, Service with Passion,” JCI Nagueña in collaboration with JCI Naga, held a series of activities that promote advocacy and social change in support of JCI Week Celebration last April 23 - 29, 2023.
The week-long celebration aimed to maximize the exposure of JCI and all volunteer groups to represent their values and ideals through their advocacies and inspire more volunteerism in Naga City and adjacent municipalities.
The first day of the celebration highlighted the Kaunla-RUN: Dalagan para sa Kagabsan. Hundreds of participants joined the event to support the first ever advocacy run in the region to create a positive impact through promoting sustainable development goals. It was also the opening day of the Start-Up Trade Fair: A Bazaar for a Cause to help local business establishments promote their products and services and support their entrepreneurial ventures. There were also campaign programs such as Panty Drive: A Shield Against Abuse and Madya! Magbarasa Kita!, in partnership with Julian B. Meliton Elementary School and the Mental Health Awareness Campaign for Women and Adolescents with Aramon Mo, Nene.
Ikigai and Art: Career Planning through Art, Public Information and Branding Campaign, and Back to Basic Training on Project Management and Bid Writing featured the second day of the week-long celebration. Moreover, the third day highlighted a series of training sessions such as JCI Discover, Training on Networking, and Social Responsibility. Members of local organizations participated to improve their skills in championing advocacy in the community.
To promote the talents of the Bicolano youth, the Naga City Junior Jaycees and JCI Nagueña spearheaded the 1st Bicol Cultural Night on April 26, 2023, at Plaza Rizal. Several Bicolano performers showcased their skills and abilities as they joined the event.
Also, as part of JCI Week, assistance was offered to people through the Sim Card Registration Help Desk, and Business Registration Webinar. While the Nagueña members had the chance to practice mental clarity and relieve their stress during the busy week through Finding Your Inner Core: A Yoga Class. There was also an activity to promote love for dogs through a day of hope for city pound fur babies in Naga City.
The event concluded with a Start-up Bazaar for a Cause Closing Expressions through the art of face painting. JCI Nagueña expressed sincere gratitude to all local businesses who joined the event, such as ChiCa Bevz, Lokwan Noodle and Dimsum House, Cafe Amigo, EME’s Mushroom, Hook Me Up, ED Beads, Icenheart Kawaii, and Red Cat Handcrafted Accessories.
The organizers also acknowledged all of the partners who helped make the week-long event a success. JCI members, together with their local organization presidents, Job Llaguno and Ruth Dy-Ng, also encourage other organizations, institutions, and volunteer groups to continue supporting their efforts as well as other activities that promote sustainability.