Sunday, August 30, 2009

JCI TOCP Project Chairman message

Dear Fellow JCI members and friends,
Warmest JCI greetings!
The Junior Chamber International Philippines has the following goal and mission: to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing young persons with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and fellowship for a positive change. This mission finds basis in our JCI Creed, which believes among others…“…That government should be of laws rather than of men and that service to humanity is the best work of life.”
Last June 26, 2009, we have just successfully launched the 2009 Search for The Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP) during the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) 2nd National Executive Board Meeting in Waterfront Hotel, Davao City. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was done with more than 1,000 councilors in attendance led by their National President Victor V. Ferrer, Jr. andNational Chairman and JCI Dagupan Past President Michael B. Fernandez and a good number of JCI members led by our National President Fulbert Woo.
It was in 2006 during the incumbency of PCL National President Carlo Pontico Fortuna and JCI Philippines National President Ismael Penado when the idea of to give due recognition to Philippine Councilors for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service was conceptualized. Recognizing the importance to bestow such national award, the proposal was readily approved and adopted by their respective national boards, thus, The Outstanding Councilor of the Philippines (TOCP) Award was born. TOCP is now on its 2nd implementation and has become a strong partnership between the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) and JCI Philippines.
TOCP 2009 is now open for nomination and nomination forms are available at the JCI Philippines Headquarters or at the PCL National Office, 4th Floor, DILG Building, A. Francisco Condominium II, EDSA, Quezon City. There will be a regional search to choose at least 17 Finalists who will qualify for the National Finals where the 10 Winners will be chosen and who will be awarded with P100,000.00 worth of projects each. Deadline of Submission is on September 15, 2009. JCI Local Organizations will be given three (3) points per nominee maximum of six (6) in the JCIPEA. For more information on the project you can call JCI Philippines Secretariat at tel. No. (02) 3737907 to 09, Fax No. (02) 3744138 or the PCL office at telfax (02)925-1147 / 9251132 or email at
It is said that public officials who exhibit both ambition and motivation make things happen. They are those who chart their destiny through diligence and solid commitment to public service. They are the unsung heroes in our midst who create the standards by which others in government service are judged. If it is idealistic, it is because public servants must have his idealism intact if he has to shape for himself a better future, a better community and a better world. It is but proper to give national recognition to our councilors for their selfless dedication to their solemn oath and who render public service above self.

Yours in JCI,

National Project Chairman
TOCP 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Recognizing the efforts and role of local councilors to nation building

Senator Edgardo J. Angara recently signed a memorandum of agreement to officially open the search for the Ten Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP 2009), emphasizing the vital role that local governance plays in nation building. The agreement was inked in partnership with the Junior Chamber International-Philippines and the Philippine Councilors League.

"The local level of governance is one of the most basic units that comprise the national government. Politicians at a national level may have issues and be distracted from fulfilling their duties and obligations, but leaders of local governments will most likely stay stable and continuous with the exercise of their functions," Angara noted.

The TOCP is on its second search and later during the year joins another annual undertaking of the JCI: the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awards. The TOCP is given for outstanding leadership and excellent contributions to local legislation and governance. All councilors of the country are eligible for nomination for their demonstrated vigor, social responsibility, innovative approach and pro-activeness in tackling local problems and offering solutions.

In his speech at the signing of the MOA, 2006 TOCP Awardee Enrique "Buko" de la Cruz of Baliuag, Bulacan, attested that "Sen. Angara's role in pushing for the creation of the TOCP Awards was vital and we, the awardees, are sincerely grateful to a surprise that the good Senator gave. He increased the official P100,000.00 worth of project grant to P500,000.00 for each of us."

Angara also asserted that while local governments are crucial in implementing the national government's thrusts on the environment and economy, it is vital to support local government leaders in their initiatives. He added that environmental issues brought about by climate change are of more direct concern and proximity to local governments, thus the need for better governance through better leaders.

He cited, "The country has a good number of coasts and an abundant marine environment, found mostly in the countryside under local government jurisdiction, and it is significant to provide constant support to our leaders here so their projects are productive for their community. For example, their efforts in achieving a self-subsisting community through local produce of bangus will need a strong planning and implementing strategies that their leaders undertake."

Angara himself has been an ardent supporter of environmental and agro-fisheries projects at a local level, starting with his home province of Aurora where the agro-fisheries industry has undergone massive innovations and has yielded high-quality products such as hybrid bangus and sea bass, the virgin coconut oil and coco-biodiesel development.

"This award challenges our councilors to continue their good work. If all our local leaders across the country are inspired and motivated to undertake development-oriented initiatives in their local communities and such initiatives see the fruition of their objectives, it will be big step in national development and the improvement of public service," concluded Sen. Angara.

Botolan Operation Tulong

As Philippine National Red Cross volunteer, Councilor Ed Piano shows his concern to his constituents in times of disaster, proving that asisde from being a legislator is a "hands-on" public servant ready to put his life and limb on the line for the sake of his people.



Project Profile;

The Outstanding Councilor of the Philippines (TOCP) Award will now become an annual undertaking of the JCI Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Councilors League. In its 1st year the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara has agreed to be the major sponsor of the project. The said award will join the two other flagship projects of JCI Philippines, namely The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award and The Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines (TOPP) Award where over the years, both awards have become institutions, having developed a reputation for its selectiveness of outstanding young men and the men in uniform upon whom the award is conferred.

For 48 years, TOYM seeks to give recognition to young men and women whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in significant contributions to the welfare of their country men and our country at large, as well as to the advancement of their respective fields of endeavor. The awardees who have become light of the nation totaling 394 by now, is literally a Philippine “Who’s Who” in outstanding achievement in areas such as community service, the arts, literature, journalism, education law, politics, agriculture, science and technology, economics, banking, business, sports, government service, and other fields of endeavor. The TOPP has been successfully given for the last 39 years in recognition of the exceptional and outstanding achievements of our men and women in uniform rendered beyond the call of duty.

While this two other awards give recognition purely to humanitarian work, the TOCP Awards is uniquely given for outstanding leadership and excellent contributions to local legislation, governance and the nation at large. Its primary aim is for the recognition of the outstanding achievement of our nation’s councilors which have benefited significantly their constituents, the community and the nation. Likewise, it will also inspire others, especially the youth, with the recognition to these achievements and/or leadership of the awardees-leaders who have demonstrated vigor and innovativeness in tackling the problems of society and offering solutions. Moreover, the said award will also challenge and inspire councilors to become development-oriented and to excel beyond the ordinary.

As agreed by the proponents the general criteria for the search will be based on the principles as stated in the Jaycee Creed and the JCI organization on its goal and mission "to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing young persons with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and fellowship for a positive change". This mission finds basis in the Jaycee Creed, which believes:

That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;

That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;

That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;

That government should be of laws rather than of men;

That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality; and

That service to humanity is the best work of life.

The Jaycee Creed, which is universal in its perception and exhortation, sees man not only in the light of what he is but what he can be. This precept proceeds from the principle that earth’s great treasure lies in the human personality, which must be developed in its wholeness. This recognizes with implicit faith that God gives its dimension.

The creed likewise exhorts man to hold on to the convention that government, which is man’s own creation, must conform with the demands of humanity; it should not therefore be of men but of laws—laws that are just, and promote the dignity of man and a better understanding among mankind, The Creed emphasizes also a measure that frees man in the pursuit of his enterprise, and must be therefore guaranteed economic justice.

That government should be of laws rather than of men and that service to humanity is the best work of life.” It is in this context and spirit that the TOCP award was conceived. If it is idealistic, it is because man must have his idealism if he has to shape for himself a better future and a better world.

Objective of this Program;

  1. To recognize the outstanding achievement of our nation’s councilors which have benefited significantly their constituents, the community and the nation;
  1. To focus public attention and confer national recognition to these achievements and contributions.
  1. To inspire others, especially the youth, with the recognition to these achievements and/or leadership of the awardees-leaders who have demonstrated vigor and innovativeness in tackling the problems of society and offering solutions;
  1. To live the Jaycee Creed and consider the Jaycee Creed as a good measure of performance by the awardee/s.


As part of the scrapbook, the nominator must answer the following questions about the nominee on a separate sheet. Indicate by number where each answer begins. Answers must be printed, double-spaced on standard A4 or letter-size bond paper. Be as brief and factual as possible.

  1. Describe the career of the nominee. Please include background, scope of nominee’s work or activity and his resources in achieving his goals.
  1. Narrate the nominee’s exceptional achievement or contributions in his/her constituents, community and the nation.
  1. List quotations, statements of authorities, honors and awards received which evaluate his/her achievements or contributions.
  1. Did the accomplishments of the nominee result in the advancement of the public good? Is it an outstanding contribution to public welfare and the nation at large? Does it promote interest in the youth, the general public and in nation building?
  1. Summarize the nominee’s most outstanding legislative and humanitarian efforts, how the nominee exemplified the line of Jaycee Creed that states, “that government should be of laws rather than of men and that service to humanity is the best work of life.”


  1. The nominee is judged by his outstanding leadership and excellence in his contribution to the cause of his constituents, community and the nation at large. In essence, proof of nominee’s outstanding leadership and excellence in local legislation and the nominee’s outstanding contributions to community development constitute the basis for the TOCP Award.
  1. Nominee must have complied with all the rules governing nomination such as citizenship, etc. contained at the back page of the official nomination form.
  1. Nominee must be an incumbent councilor (1st to 3rdterm or repeater) and must have engaged in local legislation with documented proof subject to verification by the TOCP Search Committee.
  1. Nominee must have been engaged in contributing to the cause of his constituents for a substantial part of his/her public life with documented proof subject to verification by the TOCP Search Committee.
  1. Only Filipino citizens (including naturalized citizens) are eligible for nomination. Nominees must not be a former TOCP Awardees (for subsequent awards).
  1. These annual awards are given to recognize the men and women councilors who have proven themselves worthy of honor and emulations based on the following criteria:

a. Service to his/her constituents, to the community and/or to the nation (40 points)

b. Legislative excellence and integrity in their public life, including moral rectitude (40 points)

c. Leadership, innovativeness and pioneering spirit (20 points)


  1. Nomination for TOCP shall be open to all incumbent councilors whether 1st termer to 3rd termer or repeater. Any person or organization can nominate one or more individuals subject to the requirements stated below.
  1. Nominations shall be made on the prescribed TOCP Nomination Form and notarized accordingly. All information therein shall be submitted in English, Tagalog or Taglish.
  1. Nominees must sign the Nomination Form attesting to all facts stated therein; giving consent to the independent verification by the TOCP 2009 Search Committee and the subsequent publication of said facts; and indicating his willingness to attend the awards ceremonies if selected.
  1. A certified true copy of the nominee’s birth certificate or any equivalent proof of date and place of birth should accompany the nomination.
  1. Five (5) copies of the nominee’s picture (5” x 7”) black and white or colored should accompany the five (5) copies of the accomplished Nomination Form.
  1. A one-page Executive Summary of the nominee summarizing the important facts and accomplishments as presented in the scrapbook shall accompany the Nomination Form.
  1. The scrapbook shall be subject to the specifications as indicated in the Technical Requirements for Attachments.
  1. An original or certified true copy of the nominee’s NBI Clearance Certificate should also accompany the Nomination Form.
  1. All entries are to be mailed or personally delivered to the JCI Philippines Bldg., #14 Don Alejandro Roces Avenue,Quezon City on or before September 15, 2006. Mailed entries should be postmarked not later than the same date.
  1. The TOCP Search Committee of the JCI Philippines shall be the operating body of the project and reserves the right to pass judgment or any issue that may arise in connection with the above rules.
  1. TOCP Committee will review the entries to ensure that all technical requirements are complied with.
  1. The Screening Committee, composed of a selected panel, shall conduct a preliminary selection of the nominees as finalist for consideration of the Board of Judges.
  1. The Board of Judges composed of respected individuals shall select the winners. Their decision will be final and un-appeal able. They may opt to call the finalist for an interview as they may deem fit.
  1. All data, information submitted in connection with the award will be accorded the strictest confidentiality.


  1. The Nomination Form, together with all original attachments (documentary and supportive evidence) as required and necessary, for the nominee’s accomplishments, shall be bound together in the form of a scrapbook for submission.
  1. The scrapbook shall not exceed the allowable outer dimension of 11” x 14” (Standard bond paper size)
  1. Each page of the scrapbook should not be numbered. The first page should be used for the nomination form followed by the attachments required under the Rules Governing Submission of Nomination and followed by the answers to the Questions About the Nominee.
  1. The scrapbook shall be limited to 30 pages only, including annexes that serve as reference or supportive evidence to the information provided in the scrapbook, the annexes must be properly labeled for ease of reference.
  1. Two (2) additional copies of the scrapbook shall likewise be submitted and becomes the property of Junior Chamber International Philippines. All original documents and attachments shall be returned to the nominees.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009



Kgd. Piano tackles ‘skill development’ to 50 kids

Nellie E. Brown principal and the country's most outstanding teacher welcomes Councilor Piano to a "Read-Along" Session last June 2009

Mrs. Eva Imingan who was later adjudged as the country's most outstanding teacher seen here giving an appreciation letter to Councilor Piano for his support to the school's reading project and all the programs that will redound to the benefit of students of the whole city of Olongapo.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Training Director Edwin Piano receives from Mayor Gordon and TESDA officials the recognition of being one of the country's best training institution during the TESDA Kabalikat Awards in 2008. It was during Mr. Piano's term as councilor and at the same time Head of Olongapo City Skill's Training Program that out-of-school youths and the unemployed were given the opportunity to find gainful employment.

Training Director Edwin Piano sharing the award
with welding trainors

9th Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition

Thursday, August 20, 2009




TV guesting to dessiminate important information to local viewers

Teaching how to use radio communication equipment

Regularly participates in local and National Council Meetings

MOA Signing to Save the Environment with Thailand Scouts

Consultation and friendship with local expatriates


Pinning his hope on the youth of the land, Councilor Edwin Piano as a scouter, make sure that he spend time for the youth of this country.

2005 Regional Jamboree at Subic Bay where Councilor Piano is the organizer and Camp Administrator