Eighteen young leaders participated in the first run of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Leadership Journey – Young Public Servants (YPS) Edition held last January 4-6, 2013 at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas.
“We are very happy to start the year by bringing the Journey to a new group of young people,” said Rafael C. Lopa, NCAF President and Executive Director. “This was the first Journey held exclusively for the young public servants, and our participants’ reflections were enriched by their unique life experiences, but in the end the message of leadership and service rooted in love remained constant throughout the weekend.”
This was made possible through partnership of the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) and the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) with the Young Public Servants (YPS), and support from The Asia Foundation and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Using Ninoy and Cory Aquino as role models, the program seeks to reintroduce spirituality as a major foundation for Filipino leadership. Harnessing their innate values systems, the participants take part in a process of self-reflection that will ultimately lead to self-transformation and self-commitment for others and country.
“These young public servants bring to government a sense of idealism and creativity, and energy and enthusiasm, that we believe should be nourished and strengthened as they continue to face the many challenges of public service,” said YPS President and Lead Convener Natalie Christine Jorge. “The NCA Leadership Journey provides a valuable opportunity for them to slow down and take a step back from their daily responsibilities and work demands in order to retreat, reflect and recharge for another busy year.”
“We’re very thankful for our partnership with theYoung Public Servants for this first run,” said Mr. Lopa. “Through them, we were able to share our message with the youth in government, where the need for value-oriented leadership is most critical.”
“The retreat made us realize the value of our jobs,” said Ms. Karen Domingo from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, “That we are not simply working for money or to follow our immediate superiors, but we are working to serve the Filipino people to make this country a better place, much like what Ninoy and President Cory has done.”
“The whole experience was therefore a real eye-opener for me. It has filled me with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose,” said Atty. Frank Tamayo Jr. from the Department of Justice. “It also allowed me to meet with other young public servants whose stories truly inspired and touched me.”
The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy. It seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory Aquino by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy. Since 2008, the Foundation has made a deliberate effort to strengthen this advocacy through leadership formation development.
The Young Public Servants (YPS) is an organization focused on promoting Democratic Citizenship and Good Governance among the Youth, both in the private and public sectors. YPS believes that these elements are critical in developing a new, focused and dedicated generation of leaders. YPS works to establish the foundations of governance and citizenship not only through activities geared towards nation building but in everyday citizens’ activities as well.
The Ninoy& Cory Aquino Center for Leadership (NCACL) has been established with the help of Drs. Rolando and Rosalinda Hortaleza and the Ang-Hortaleza Foundation. NCACL seeks to identify, form, nurture and recognize individuals who, through a process of self-transformation, can develop into a community of empowering, world-class leaders.