The members of the Peacock Jaycees during the unveiling of the JCI Week banner at the entrance of the Puerto Princesa City International Park (PPCIA) on Sunday, April 11, 2019.

The JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock, Inc. (Peacock Jaycees) led Sunday the opening of the JCI Week with a motorcade around the city, billboard unveiling, and an exhibit at Robinsons Place Palawan.

Peacock Jaycees president Maria Claribelle “Mabelle” Castro said the weeklong celebration will be until April 13.

“The JCI Week is a whole week of celebration of Junior Chamber International (JCI) projects that get inspiration from our creed. One of the lines in this creed says ‘service to humanity is the best work of life’. All the activities we will be doing for the whole week is geared toward creating positive change in the surrounding communities,” she said.

On Monday, the Peacock Jaycees will award 26 student leaders with the Youth Leadership Excellence Award (YLEA) medals to give due recognition to outstanding public and private elementary and high school students and to inspire them towards greater achievements in life.

It will also have an art activity for kids with special needs at the Robinsons Place Palawan activity center, she said, which is aimed at advocating support for their welfare.

“The YLEA is given to outstanding graduating students from both public and private who have shown they are not just excellent in academics but also in youth leadership,” she said.

On April 9, the Peacock Jaycees will head to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farms (IPPF) for the “Beyond Prison Walls” projects.

The group of female young professionals will host a basketball game for the inmates and distribute bags under the “Bags to School” project for their children.

“We will also go to the inmates in Iwahig kasi di ba usually ‘yong mg brothers natin behind bars are often neglected so JCI also cares for them so we will conduct Zumba and basketball game, but this year hindi lang inmates ‘yong focus namin. We will also invite their wives for livelihood and their kids will be given bags they can use sa pasukan,” she said.

On April 10, Peacock Jaycees will host a Jobs Fair at the same mall to open employment opportunities to fresh graduates and unemployed residents.

This will be followed on April 11 by the turnover of medical beds to the OB Ward of the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) under the “Pinay Power” project and a tarp campaign for clean and honest elections on April 12.

The weeklong celebration, Castro said, will be highlighted by the “Dare to be Green Trail Run” at the Magarwak Eco-Park to campaign for the conservation and protecton of the environment.

Under the “Think Green” project, the trail run invites enthusiasts to participate by filling up registration forms available at the Mister Donut store along J. Rizal Avenue and Wild Expeditions Palawan at HPRV Building.

“Think Green is the environmental project of the JCI Philippines and on Saturday we will have a trail run for the environment sa Magarwak Eco-Park,” she said.

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