The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Mandaue chapter led the area launching of the 2019 JCI Bags To School program on May 28, 2019, at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. A total of 500 school children from the thirteen daycare centers in Mandaue City were given school bags with school supplies. The Bags To School program is a national program of JCI Philippines that provides bags and school supplies to students. It aims to promote primary education nationwide in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4 which is providing solutions to achieve quality education.
A total of six JCI chapters joined the lead host JCI Mandaue in co-hosting the occasion. This included JCI WoMandaue, JCI Boholana Kisses, JCI Aklan Kalantiao, JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel, JCI Cebu Sinulog, and JCI Metro Cebu Uptown.
JCI Mandaue’s Vice President for Community and Project Chair for the event, Sam Uy said it was a natural alignment for the chapter to host this year’s Area 4 (Visayas) launching as bags distribution was aligned with advocacy of building daycare centers for the benefit of Mandaue City’s school children. Last December 2018 the chapter completed their first daycare center in Barangay Guizo, and have since then continued to hold projects for the benefit of both the children and their parents in the area. The chapter is in the process of building its second daycare center.
In the launching were Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna, officials from the Mandaue City Social Welfare Services (CSWS) headed by Jessie Perez and Elizabeth Bolima, JCI Philippines National Board members 2019 National Executive Vice PresidentDisston Tan, and 2019 Regional Vice President for Central Visayas Camille Maluenda(who also represented Area Vice President Philip Jude Acidre). AVP Lyn Manansala, JCI chapter presidents and members, and representatives from sponsors were also present.
Part of the program also went to treating the kids to a mobile playground procured from KpupSubgoand going home with local ice cream and Dunkin Donuts.
In his remarks, 2019 JCI Mandaue President Rodrigo Limpot Jr. reminded the parents in the audience to remain committed in educating their children. Mandaue’s future is its children, and a solid educational foundation will help make a better city for all. He underscored the continued commitment of JCI’s Merry Men of Mandaue in supporting this endeavor.
The event was an overwhelming success and could not have been possible were it not for the support and participation of the Mandaue City Government, the JCI co-host chapters; Platinum Sponsors VERO Fine Jewelry, and Jun Escario; Gold Sponsors Kid’s World, and Ford Tractor Philippines; Silver Sponsors Dunkin Donuts, Amara, GT, Elizah Travel and Tours, Misc, and The Food Pantry; Bronze Sponsors Sunburst, Al-Barakah, God’s Grace Farm, Cebu Home & Builders, Miss Frances Siao, Jaye Borromeo, and Erika Joan Ong.
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