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AIESEC Philippines De La Salle University Annual Report 2009-2010 2010


Table of Contents About AIESEC About AIESEC DLSU Letter from the Outgoing President Letter from the Incoming President Operations and studies Talent Management Study Exchange Partners Events Testimonials


About AIESEC AIESEC is present in over 107 countries and territories. With over 50,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. What makes AIESEC unique is the youth driven impactful experience that it offers to its members. AIESEC is run by young people for young people, enabling a strong experience to all its stakeholders.

Vision: Peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential. potential

Values: Our values provide a way for AIESEC to encourage common behavior across our global network.

Activating leadership We lead by example and inspire leadership through our activities. We take full responsibility for developing the youth leadership potential of our members.

Demonstrating integrity We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our ideals.

Living Diversity We seek to learn from the different ways of life and opinions represented in our multicultural environment. We respect and actively encourage the contribution of every individual.

Enjoying Participation We create a dynamic environment created by active and enthusiastic participation of individuals. We enjoy being involved in AIESEC.

Striving for Excellence We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation we seek to continuously improve.


Acting Sustainably We act in a way that is sustainable for our organization and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.

Approach: AIESEC members live an integrated development experience. This involves leadership opportunities, international internships and interacting with a global network to support their development.

Scope: AIESEC is a global, non-political, political, independent, not-for-profit not organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Our members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national, ethnic or social origin.

AIESEC DLSU History

AIESEC Philippines started in 1968, established first in the University of the Philippines as the first Local Committee. Over the years, other schools joined AIESEC, including Ateneo De Manila University, Ateneo De Davao University, De La Salle Lipa, De La Salle University Manila, Mirriam College, University of Asia and the Pacific, and still expanding. We are AIESEC DLSU, one of the Local Committees in the Philippines, helping young individuals explore and develop their leadership potential, made possible by young university leaders. leaders AIESEC DLSU is one of the best in AIESEC Philippines in terms of Outgoing Exchange. It has produced quality exchange participants. AIESEC DLSU is also active in national and even international events and conferences.


AIESEC Global Map

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Africa Angola Benin Botswana Cameroon Cote d’Ivoire Ethiopia Gabon Ghana Kenya Mauritius Mozambique Nigeria Rwanda Senegal South Africa Tanzania Togo Uganda Zimbabwe


Letter from the Outgoing President Today I leave AIESEC, but tomorrow I’m still an AIESECer. “I was a member who joined in for the wrong reasons but end up going for the right ones.” You’ll definitely hear that from all the alumni we have. I joined AIESEC for those conferences internationally; eventually I never get to participate in one. When I submitted my membership application I did not even consider becoming an officer, nor being an LCP. It was through the efforts of the EB during my term (Daryl Rose, Matty V., Vicky) and their prediction that lead me to be part of the future of AIESEC La Salle. Yes that was three or four years back! I would like to thank you guys for bringing in a wonderful 2009-2010. AIESEC has taught me so many things in life. “Life changing talaga!” from the video when you search AIESEC DLSU EB on Youtube (although this was 4 years ago). From managing people, handling activities, talking to people I never knew I’ll be drinking with, I can’t even count the things I have learned. I live AIESEC. I’ve met so many people, seen so many to H4TF, and it just feels sad that I too shall be. My approach is AIESEC. The targets do change but the AIESEC way never changed. Haha. Today marks my official exit from office. I am not anymore your Outgoing Local Committee President (LCP) but an alumni. I’m done embracing the responsibilities over the title for a year. 2009 started with one goal, my goal to make AIESEC DLSU competitive through exchange which was why our structure was X-centric. I wanted to be highly technical but at some point I also have to consider so many things: the new members, the high-faulting jargons, the oh so technical processes. My plan was to eradicate this stereotype and to centralise on the special ingredient of AIESEC, the main reason why AIESEC is AIESEC and not your ordinary student organisation, Exchange. When we were doing our YPS, I was surprised to see that we have increased to12 TNs from 2 TNs. In terms of Exchange, we were more than thrice the realisations from last year (from 8 to 27). I believe I have introduced the battleground of exchange and the competitive motivation, which will also be relevant for the Gen2010 and AIESEC 2015 and the Realisation count wars present. I do hope this will be sustainable. Being the LCP was the best thing that happened to me. I was challenged by balancing my personal, professional,

and academic status. It was tough but it was the wildest experience I had. Handling different kinds of people, influencing people, everything. Like what I’ve mentioned earlier what I’ve learned in AIESEC is countless. I believe that I have chosen the right people to fill in the position. Now selection is done, planning is ongoing and execution starts in a while, don’t let your predecessors down. We’re all here for you. In behalf of Gene, Daryl, and Vicky and all the other alumni (who we still have to tap), for AIESEC La Salle, we wish you all the best. Make the most out of your time and don’t forget to have fun! Thank you again for the wonderful year. I’m lost for words. I don’t know how to say good bye the most inspiring way to, I don’t know how to thank you more for a great year. Thank you for the friendships we have established. Use everything to your advantage and transform disadvantages and threats to opportunities. Think creatively. As I step into a highly competitive world, I know your experiences as AIESECers prove the world that we are the toughest labour suppliers the world has ever produced. I am surely going to miss everything, and damn can I just share my eyes got teary before finishing this letter. (I copy pasted some parts of this letter from my farewell to my EB but everything is for real). Yes, it is a sad farewell but Kevin is still around (just not the LCP anymore). As all the past LCPs tell me, you’ll only know what to do after your term as LCP. Same goes for other officers. I’ll miss the stress an LCP gets. Sad LCP permanently signing off, Kevin Ramos


Letter from the Incoming President Dear AIESECer, It is 2010, a very important year for AIESEC and La Sallians. This is where we look back as an organization to see how we have improved so much, how we have exceeded the goals that we have set. This is the year where we look at countless AIESECers who have made what we are today. This is also the year where our University will be nearing its 100 year- will we strive to be more relevant? This year let us take moment to look back at what happened to our lives. Why are we here? why are we at this place? why now? every decision you have made could have been different but this is where you choose to be. The decisions you have made during the past will be reflect upon strong memories. Such as being part of this organization called AIESEC. Some of those who are graduating, may look back and see AIESEC as a huge part of their University life, some may look back and see just a very small part of it while some may look back and see how they can't let go of it yet. Whatever it is, thank you very much for contributing to this organization. This organization means so much to me, that is why I ran for Local Committee President. The reason why I thought to run is a bit random, a little bit funny for others who may have heard the story but I do not think I would regret it. We all have our reasons for starting, but the reasons that make us act upon it would always have a deeper meaning. A year ago, I only said that I have interest for the organization, but as for my passion, I have yet to see the year develop. Thank goodness I stayed by taking a risk. The year 2010, is as important as it is as challenging. Before I ran for this local committee, I envisioned an LC that would bring back AIESEC DLSU to a higher level that would reach the stories of the international community. This is probably the thought of every elect that would come into position. However, I do not only think that AIESEC DLSU would be only such a local committee, I would imagine a local committee that will really be relevant, a local committee that would really create impact on society. With my present Executive Board, I have high hopes into achieving that. I believe in my Executive Board as much as they, who have elected me into this position believes in me. They say that being LCP will be one of the best things ever, however that is only a product or output of truly trying to make this local committee perform the best it can do so. To everyone, It won't be easy, it never will be. During the year, we will encounter frustrations, challenges, our goals so much higher, 5x higher perhaps

than the previous year might make us question ourselves. We grew so much last year, but we have to be sustainable in the future where 2010 meets 2015, a crucial point of transition from around the globe as an organization, as AIESEC DLSU. How we will be and how we will act for this year is truly crucial for our growth and direction as an organization. Questioning will be good at this time, but pushing harder and acting upon it will be better. Remember, these challenges are here because we are growing, we are existing and we are relevant. I would be happy, to look back at this letter and see how I have felt at the time I became president, and the time when I wrote this letter. I suggest all of you to do the same-to write yourselves letters that would make you look back from the future to that one single decision you have made. Again, I am grateful, I am thankful for becoming your Local Committee President for this year. I hope that all of you will continue to grow and inspire others, I hope that each of you will continue to develop more leaders who will take this organization further than where we have placed it, I hope that you grab all the opportunities that will come your way. I hope you will question your existence in this organization. Why are you here? What do you really want to do and what for? I hope that you do not achieve to merely prove to others you can, but to prove to yourself that you are capable of anything you set yourself into and that you can go beyond. I hope, that you will be thirsty for that learning, that you will be foolish enough to think that you can actually change the world - and do it. I very much hope that each and everyone of you, AIESECers from 2009-2010 and the ones who would stay and join for 2010-2011 will have your own unique AIESEC impact that can inspire and empower people. AIESEC generation 2010, I am challenging you to stop waiting, to stop dream and to start acting. Wherever you are, remember you are in the right position to create that change. Local Committee President 2010-2011 signing in, Stephanie May Soriano Yap


Talent Management Studies Colleges Courses and colleges (old)

Courses and colleges (new)

Courses and colleges (Total)

Courses (old members) College of Business and Economics

College of Business and Economics Double Major Breakdown

College of Computer Studies

College of Engineering

TM Pool Analysis by Stephanie Yap


Talent Management Studies Courses (old members) College of Liberal Arts

College of Science

Courses (new members) College of Business and Economics

College of Science

College of Liberal Arts

College of Computer Studies

TM Pool Analysis by Stephanie Yap


Talent Management Studies Courses (new members) College of Engineering

Courses (all) College of Business and Economics

College of Liberal Arts

College of Computer Studies

College of Science

College of Engineering

TM Pool Analysis by Stephanie Yap


Talent Management Studies Findings: For Re-applicants (Old), new applicants (new) and the total applicants: The Sector that people generally want to apply to is EXCHANGE. The lowest being Finance with 0 applicants.

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•Exchange has garnered the top spot in all types and total number of applicants.

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•External Relations ranks number 2.

6. •PD ranks number 3 .

•TM and Finance are the lowest.

However, the mixed application analysis tells us that ER for the mixed portion was higher by 1 point in for the old members. This is insignificant because for the aggregate, demand for X is still higher than demand for ER. X and ER has consistent top demand as seen even through the mixed portion (X/ER). Analysis: What could be their reasons for applying for X? X is a highly technical sector. It could be that they would really want to learn about the technicalities of AIESEC or maybe they became interested at the GIP of AIESEC. Looking at this data, there is a high potential for X+L or high X growth in AIESEC DLSU. We just don't know if it is more concentrated on ICX or OGX. But reality tells us that even if X and ER ranks the highest, they are the sectors (along with TM-although it is a relatively new sector and Finance) with the lowest number of members. PD or mostly projects has the highest number of actual members and the most favorable (according to informal interviews). Demand may also portray branding. People may apply initially for Exchange because they do not really understand what the sector does. Possible explanations: 1. Projects has clear JD's 2. Projects is campus based and involvement is easy and

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always seen. Other sectors lack consistency in operations or training There is no clear indication on hierarchy or positions in the other sectors. Meaning, members will remain as members and only a small pool will go to AVP or VP status. As compared to OCP OCVP AVP VP of PD. (no career opportunities? If you look at it from a corporate point of view) Exchange and ER's packaging Branding: better branding for projects and better experience in the PD sector. Lack in strategy and execution in tapping the sector pool (check further analysis regarding old members and retention rate / how many old members became active or took a position in AIESEC) Leaders are also not in full capacity or motivation Implications: X is one of the core functions of AIESEC but members are not interested in it. AIESEC XP is not fully experienced by members

Colleges and Courses and ID numbers Although CBE has the highest number of students, CLA students make up majority of the AIESEC applicant pool. CBE ranks 2nd, CCS 3rd and COE 4th while both CED and COS rank the lowest. Generally CED and COS are Expected to have the lowest amount of members due to Their natural cycle: 3 years to graduate, 2 years in main campus and a year in Cavite campus (for COS) and starting their majors during their first year as well as the building for CED is located in the farthest side in the DLSU campus coverage. Course codes in CBE BMG Business Management IBS Interdisciplinary studies ACM Applied corporate management MFI Management of Financial Institutions BSA Accountancy AE/ECM BS/AB Economics MMG Marketing Management AMG Advertising Management ENT Entrepreneurship CBE Highest number is from Double majors in the Field of TM Pool Analysis by Stephanie Yap


Economics (ECM/AE) - Com (MMG, BMG, etc). This signifies that there is a high potential for AIESECers to be developed for 5 years depending on the year they start AIESEC. However not all are potentials, AE-BSA AIESECers, although having at least 4 years and 2 terms of study will generally be too busy. Do more study and analysis on the year level of those applying for BSA. BSA AIESECers who have passed the qualifying exam and are taking modular training will not be recommended due to high levels of stress and will generally be accounting heads who prefer studying over AIESEC duties (because AIESECers are only part time students ) Single majors in CBE are very diverse and almost equally allocated amongst all courses. CLA LIA-COMM majors LIA-COMM majors will be good to develop in AIESEC as some of them will take at most 6 years of study. However, most LIACOMM AIESECers might feel a bit more stressed when they change colleges change cultures and change the way they have to face their studies. 2 years away from math may make them more stressed and less interested in AIESEC unless a great amount of investment has been made in their initial years in AIESEC. Majority of the single degree in CLA is from ISE, ISJ and ISA. This is probably because of their view of AIESEC as an international student organization. Majority of the officers also come from this course. Even if majority of the members come from CLA and CBE, this does not really reflect the branding of the organization. Branding achieved is only skin deep. Increasing members in COE: should we increase members from COE? Although members in COE generally take up to 6 years and may be a great asset in tapping TT EPS and TNs. However, COE students may generally focus on their studies instead. It is however not very general. Officers and EB's of 1011 college data: CBE- 6 CLA-9 CCS - 2 CED and COE - 1 each

double major -1 double major - 1

Recommendation: • Increase number of old members from other colleges Increase number of active members in CBE (sell to them the management aspect?) • Increase coverage and publicity in CED and COS for GIP purposes • Increase members from COE and double major members (debatable) • Pool of DT and ET Eps in COS and CED (COS for DT projects) What we can do, expansion! But make sure it is quality expansion to other colleges. There are so many people that we can affect with AIESEC. How?

Age and Gender Majority of the applicants are female. Majority of the applicants are aged 18. There are applicants as young as 14 and as old as 22 but these are outliers and minorities. EG GENDER 1011:

ID Numbers and Old member data 42% is made up of ID109 members. While the second leading is ID 108 and so on. There are few ID 104 members who are part of AIESEC but has not been active in the organization. For the old members, apparently, ID 107 is the highest pool of members who joined AIESEC and not 108. I don't have any explanation with this finding. Only 57 members reapplied from last year. Recommendation: Analyze numbers further. Which college do these 107 members come from? And why are they coming back to AIESEC but not really taking an active role? Reality check: AIESEC has one of the highest number of recruitment indicating a strong pull in the university. Previous branding survey, refer to brand survey of 08-09 also indicates that the image of AIESEC is more of a leadership organization. However, competition from professional organizations (JEMA, BMS, JPIA, etc.) is very high. A number of SPIN-SCORE organizations have issues regarding support from departments and competition from professional organizations. Active members (refer to issue from SPIN-SCORE organizations about succession planning) are usually hard. ARW check: Pros: Pool of members that can be active, recruitment anytime! Cons: Hard to create and pattern TM, dedicated members

EP Reintegration EP's of AIESEC DLSU are usually students who have graduated. This proves to be a hindrance to the growth of AIESEC DLSU OGX as majority of the students hesitate to take the GIP program during the summer. This can be changed in the future however if the culture of AIESEC DLSU student's willingness to sacrifice (whether through natural change or change through advertisement and packaging of the GIP program). However, DLSU having many students, closely linked buildings and departments/ colleges, diverse courses can be a great pool for OGX. TM Pool Analysis by Stephanie Yap


Exchange Partners >>THE ANIMAL KINGDOM FOUNDATION INC. A non-profit, profit, no-kill dog shelter dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected, abused and slaughter-bound dogs. founded to elevate the levels of compassion and education in our world. AKF nurtures and mentors compassion, care and concern for people, their pets and our world, as it strives to help each of us become better stewards of our communities and our planet. AKF’s “International Educational Exchange Program,” seeks to continually challenge and improve the level of education around the world, in the areas of nutrition, food, production, public safety, and animal care by offering unique “in the field” and “hands-on” experience with local veterinary practices as well as the latest innovative and theoretical information taught in a classroom and laboratory settings.

“ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES”

467-1261 www.animalkingdomfoundation.org akfadvocates@gmail.com

>>ASPIRING CITIZENS FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT ACCE’s principal goal is to support and collaborate with the poor and suffering people of the Philippines, along with their families. Poor farmers and fishermen make up the heart of the impoverished groups in the Philippines. They work to encourage finding a resolution to these problems and acquiring the power to reform society.

“LIVE IN PEACE, WITHOUT POVERTY AND ACQUIRE HUMAN RIGHTS”

The poorest of the poor in the Philippines are the people that ACCE aims to help. There are three groups, namely: inhabitants of the urban slums, tenant farmers without possession of land and the poor fishermen who do not own any fishing gear.

Even though ACCE’s ability to help these three groups is low, they would want to work alongside the people in support of their endeavors to fight against the daily struggles brought on by poverty, acquire human rights, provide education and fight illness and to seek peace. Their vision is to create a society where people live in peace, without poverty, and in which human rights are respected by all. Through promoting mutual understanding, cooperation and empowerment of the oppressed, they believe that we can realize such a society.

794-9286 www.page.sannet.ne.jp/acce accephilippines@yahoo.com


Exchange Partners >>BATIS CENTER FOR WOMEN, INC. Established in 1988, Batis Center for Women is a nonstock, non-profit, non-governmental organization working to address the needs and concerns of returned distressed Filipino women migrant workers from Japan and other countries ; and their families through organizing, education and training, social enterprise development, scholarship and educational assistance, legal and medical assistance, counseling and advocacy. Batis Center for Women aims to transform women's status as clients to empowered individuals. It provides support to the women and children as they go through the process of taking control of their lives and empower themselves by creating opportunities for them.

“EMPOWERING WOMEN”

At present, Batis Center for Women works with Batis AWARE and Batis-YOGHI as partners in addressing the issues of migration in general, and women migrant workers and their families in particular.

925-7843 batis@pacific.net

>>CITIZENS’ DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER Citizens' Disaster Response Center is a non-government organization that pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations. Citizens' Disaster Response Center is a nongovernment organization that pioneered and “POSSESS THE UTMOST CAPACITY TO BUILD continues to promote community-based disaster DISASTER RESILIENT COMMUNITIES” management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations. Through the years, since 1984, CDRC has touched the lives of over 3 million Filipinos through its programs. A network of overseas and local supporters enable CDRC to carry out its programs and help communities increase their disaster management capacities. CDRC is registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-profit, non-stock social development agency. It is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement relief, rehabilitation, preparedness and mitigation programs. 929-9820

www.cdrc-phil.com cdrc_1984@yahoo.com


Exchange Partners >>CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN The Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CECPhils) is a non-government organization founded in 1989 through the initiatives of organizations representing fisherfolk, farmers, indigenous peoples, women, urban poor, and professional sectors. CEC-Philippines closely works with communities and organizations nationwide, supporting their initiatives to nurture their ecosystems, defend their common access to “HELPING COMMUNITIES ADDRESS natural resources and eventually improve their living and ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES” working conditions in the context of a balanced and healthy environment. CEC-Philippines advocates for people-oriented, patriotic, sustainable, and scientific policies and programs for the protection of the Philippine environment. At the global level, CEC-Philippines engages in information sharing, international networking, cross-cultural exchanges, and solidarity initiatives on common environmental issues and concerns. concerns Currently, the Center is a service institution based in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Its area of operation and networking covers the entire Philippines and different ecological contexts.

920-9099 www.cecphils.org volunteer@cecphils.org

>>DAMASCUS FOUNDATION, INC. Damascus Foundation, Inc. is a nonstock, non-profit foundation located in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. It was started in 1997 on a patch of land leased by the Local Government of Bulacan for one peso a year.

“FAITH HOPE

It is a home for drug dependents, street LOVE & SERVICE” children and individuals with behavioral problems. It caters mostly to charity cases; youth who have been victimized by the drug menace in our country. These youth have resorted to drugs due to poverty, peer pressure, lack of parental guidance and support or as an escape from societal woes. Their holistic approach to rehabilitation aims to give hope and provide opportunities for a normal and functional life. During Durin the stay with them, they undergo activities which supervise physical, mental, and spiritual development. Many of their less fortunate brothers and sisters have found a home there. Apart from caring for their residents, they have now embarked on a loftier and more empowering mission: to nurture back to health and educate undernourished children in their town and provide livelihood opportunities to the parents by way of the Damascus Learning www.damascus.org.ph Center.

damascusfoundation@yahoo.com


Exchange Partners “UNDERSTANDING, FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION”

>>MALIGAYA HOUSE Established in 1994, Maligaya House is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Tokyo. They support Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) who are born to Filipino mothers and Japanese fathers. The numbers of Filipino women who come to Japan for working have increased since 1980’s. Many of them met Japanese men and the numbers of children between Filipino women and Japanese men have increased as well. Some of those children are in difficulty because of the lack of support from their father. Although they are in different circumstances, one thing common among those children is that they had lost communication and necessary support from their fathers. Maligaya House accept cases from those mothers and caregivers of such JFC both at Tokyo office and Maligaya House, their branch office in Manila.

913-8913 www.jca.apc.org/jfcnet/english/index.html maligayahouse@gmail.com

>>VISAYAN FORUM FOUNDATION Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, non-stock and non-government organization in the Philippines established in 1991. VF works for the welfare of marginalized migrants, especially those working in the invisible and informal sectors, like domestic workers, and trafficked women and children. It is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide "residential care and community-based programs and services for women and children in especially difficult circumstances."

“A SOCIETY WHERE FILIPINO WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE FREE, PROTECTED AND EMPOWERED”

It is most known for its pioneering and documented work on domestic workers in the Philippines, especially in pushing for the Domestic Workers Bill or the Batas Kasambahay. It is also in the forefront of providing services to trafficking victims by managing Halfway Houses constructed by the Philippine Ports Authority in major Philippine ports and the Manila International Airport Authority. VFFI’s work with child domestic workers has been cited by ILO-IPEC ILO and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) as an international best practice. Its anti-trafficking partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies was also hailed 913-8913 as one of the international best practices by the U.S. State Department in Its 2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. www.visayanforum.org.ph

vf_volunteers@yahoo.com.ph


Exchange Partners >>VSO BAHAGINAN VSO Bahaginan is committed to fight poverty through a wide range of volunteering development programs. They are the federation member of VSO in Asia and the Pacific. VSO is the world’s leading independent international development charity that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO Bahaginan recruits, trains and sends skilled professionals to work in partnership with organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific. They manage and develop business partnerships with companies who release their employees on short-term volunteer placements.

“BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER TO FIGHT POVERTY”

Their vision is a world without poverty, where excluded and marginalized women and men have a choice and an opportunity to participate effectively in society, have enough to feed and clothe their families, have access to education and healthcare 374-6450 services, land on which to grow food or a job to earn a living.

www.vsobahaginan.org.ph bahaginan@vsoint.org

>>HARIBON Haribon is the Philippines pioneer environmental organization which gave birth to the Philippine environmental movement. Hatched in 1972, Haribon & the individuals it trained & nurtured were instrumental in forming other Phil environmental organizations. Haribon was also accredited by the Department of Science and Technology as a science and research Foundation conducting floral and faunal studies. From a nature organization society, Haribon evolved Into an organization dedicated to reversing the tide of environmental degradation happening in the country.

“ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT”

It was also the first year that Haribon adopted the “tree-symbol” symbol” whose nine leaves symbolized the ecosystems found in the country. Haribon became a full-fledged fledged nature conservation foundation under the leadership of its first president, Dr. Celso Roque. Its name was changed from the Haribon Society to the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources. The European Commission (EC) awarded a five-year project grant (2005-2010) to the Haribon Foundation. The project is entitled, Governance and Local Development for Endangered Forests or GOLDEN Forests. The project aims to reduce the rate of deforestation in the provinces of Quezon, Aurora, Bulacan and Rizal; Mts. Hilong-Hilong and Diwata in Agusan, and Surigao; Surigao and Zambales mountains in Zambales, Tarlac and Pangasinan.

911-6088 www.haribon.org.ph recruitment@haribon.org


Exchange Partners >>KNOWLEDGE CHANNEL FOUNDATION, INC. In a country where there is a significant gap between the rich and the poor, one equalizer is a solideducation. But given the minimal resources in the education sector as manifested in the lack of books, the overcrowded classrooms, and the overloaded teachers, extra measures must be taken to ensure that Filipino public schoolchildren get the quality education they need to secure a better future. It was 1999 when Rina Lopez Bautista answered the call to address this need. Coming from a family whose scope of businesses includes media, energy, and telecommunications, among others, Lopez Bautista harnessed resources needed to establish the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.(KCFI). The Knowledge Channel is the first and only alleducational cable TV channel in the Philippines. Broadcasting 18 hours of curriculum-based programs, it is the foremost source of educational television in the country. To date, the channel is viewed by some 3 million children in 2,000 public elementary and high schools nationwide. It is made available to the public education system for free through the support of partners. The Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) is committed to bring quality education to all Filipinos by using television as an effective and efficient teaching tool. Through its flagship project, the Knowledge Channel, students from the poorest areas in the country as well as teachers are exposed to educational TV programs. Through Knowledge Channel, KCFI hopes to equalize the learning field regardless of economic and social status. Its programming matches the Department of Education's elementary and secondary curriculum requirements. It also airs adult continuing education and livelihood programs. Knowledge Channel is provided to schools for free through cable or wireless technology. To ensure effective utilization of the intervention, Teacher and Principal trainings are conducted at no cost. Calendar Guides and Lesson Plan Guides are also provided to all school beneficiaries. Knowledge Channel is viewed by more than 3 million cable television users in 59 provinces nationwide. nationwide To date, the channel is available to 2.7 million students in some 1,617 public schools in 44 provinces nationwide. nationwide Established by SkyCable, ABS-CBN, and the Lopez Group of Companies in 1999, Knowledge Channel is being operated by the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.(KCFI). KCFI is a non-stock, non non-profit foundation geared towards educating and that they realize their full potential to best serve themselves, their communities and help build a better world.

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AIESEC Welcomes Moeka AIESEC-DLSU welcomes Japanese Trainee, Moeka, to the Philippines. Moeka arrived in the Philippines last July 29, 2009 (Wednesday), around 1 pm. The AIESEC-DLSU team picked her up at the NAIA Terminal 2. From there, we went straight to the SM Mall of Asia to give her a tour of one of the largest mall in Asia. We went to Razon’s and gave her a taste of one of the best Halo-Halo in the country. We showed her around MOA. We had our ‘Welcoming Dinner’ for her at Dencio’s, Harbour Square to give her a taste of some Filipino cuisine. After a tiring day, we brought her to her place at Quezon City. We decided to get her accommodation in Quezon City so it would be easier for her to go to Batis Foundation. The next day, we were supposed to tour her around Intramuros Manila. Unfortunately, the itinerary changed when she made some requests. She wants to change her accommodations. She wanted to have easier internet access. We brought her to a cell phone network company and accompany her to buy an internet broadband. Instead of following the itinerary for Friday, we were supposed to give her a tour around La Salle then we will go to UP to watch CINEMALAYA, an indie film entitled 24k then bring her to EMPIRE Superclub and let her experience the nightlife but we ended up looking for her accommodations during that day.

•12nn – meet-up at Miguel Walk •1:00pm – arrival of Moeka •2:00pm – lunch/merienda at Razon’s, MOA •4:00pm – visit MOA •7:00pm – Welcoming Dinner at Dencio’s, Harbor Square

July 29, 2009 (Wednesday):

July 30, 2009 (Thursday): •11:30 – pick-up up Moeka •12nn – Lunch at Pasta Plate •1pm – Intramuros Tour •7pm – Dinner at Dad’s, Glorietta 3

•11:00pm – meet-up at Miguel Walk •11:30pm – pick-up Moeka •12nn – Lunch •1pm – DLSU tour •5pm – CINEMALAYA, UP (24k) •7pm – Dinner at UP •10pm – Empire Superclub, Ortigas

July 31, 2009 (Friday):


Testimonials XP trainee: Saori Tanaka Batis Center I work at Batis Center for Women, and the work I do are: Attending the meeting, translate English to Japanese, making the presentation, and teaching Japanese culture to JFC (Japanese-Filipino Filipino Children). Batis Center for Women is helping the women who used to work in Japan as a entertainer or singer, and their children whose father disappeared. disappeared Through the traineeship, I realized that the situation they face cannot improved only by NGOs, the government should do more help for their rights. After going back to my country, I want to study about the relationship between NGOs and government.

Magandang umaga! After completing my internship in HK, ACS HK asked me to continue my internship in ACS Manila. Internship in HK was more of fun with lot of experiences, above all cultural shock. I was very excited to join ACS Manila. More to my surprise was the culture in ACS Manila. I never thought a multinational company can have such a work culture. ACS Manila is more like a family. Friendly colleagues and caring and helping seniors, you won’t see many places like that. The best part is ‘no dress code’, I was comfortable wearing jeans and T-shirt ( haha ). It was a wonderful learning experience in terms of work, specially the importance of team work. Although there is no alternative to hard work but right

During my stay in here, every day I took jeep and tricycle, they are so cheap and the prices of commodities are really cheaper than Japan. I was so surprised when I saw street children, and there is a SM mall even in the place only poor people live. Moreover, I can see lots of slums almost everyday and everywhere. I didn’t expect this situation before even I often research about poor country, so I think the people who have never been to Philippines don’t know about this situation, I want to tell the fact to the others. Before I come here, I wanted to be work at advertising agency or at media company, this traineeship makes me think about this more seriously. I’m really glad to this traineeship, I can learn a lots of thing and it makes me more grow up.

approach and work in right direction I learned from my seniors. Manager’s are quite busy people still I always got priority whenever I needed support and advices in advance were like cherry on the top ☺. This is what made me lazy …hahaha .You hardly miss your work when you are gone. Haha …. I miss those days, specially ‘Yosi’ breaks, night out with my friends and colleagues, those Birthday Bashes and Billiards and badminton games. Times where my friends tried so hard to teach me ‘Tagalog’ and I used to forget it next day. I was able to memorize one ‘ ikaw ang pinaka magandang babae sa ACS’ hahaha…. And there are many more funny and memorable moments.

Overall it was a wonderful learning experience with some childish funny decisions. Ingat Cheers !


Testimonials After my graduation I decided to go abroad before searching for a job in the Netherlands. Through AIESEC I got familiar with the Damascus Foundation. It was the first traineeship I found and all the time it was my first choice, because I would be able to see another culture and at the same time I could practice what I just graduated from: psychology. In May I arrived in the Philippines and I was very excited to go to Damascus. After a week in Manila with the AIESECstudents, I arrived. I liked the place and the people very much and I felt welcome. The Netherlands May – December 2009

I experienced a lot in Damascus. First, the adjustment to the simple life here. The hospitality of the people here and the fact that they trusted me as a psychologist right away, made me feel welcome. My

work consisted from giving counseling to the residents, implementing a system for intake and treatment plan, observing and giving group activities and giving exercises in the morning. I saw boys going, I saw them growing, I saw them going, I saw them escaping. I saw my fellow trainees leaving and suddenly I was the only foreigner in Damascus for a couple of months, but that also made me stronger and it was a great experience to be with the Filipinos. After a while Damascus became my home, the Damascus family became my family, the simple life here became my life. Often the boys told that in Damascus they learned for the first time to be happy without drugs. Me, I also learned to be happy without all the things I had in my city in the Netherlands, to be happy with only simple things: a joke, laughter, singing a song, playing basketball, playing scrabble, swimming in the river and just walking around there. I will never forget my time in Damascus and the Philippines and I will take all the experiences with me for the rest of my life!


Testimonials XP trainee: Mina Fukawa – ACCE I’m trainee of ACCE which is giving empowerment to poor people. ACCE is one of the Japanese NGOs. I wanted to know the situation of poverty and know what I can do and I should do for poor people. ACCE gave me the various opportunities. For example, I could go to slum in Manila to know urban poverty, and also could go to rural village and fishing village to know rural poverty. Going there made me think a lot and know the situation of Philippine poverty. And I kept thinking what I should do, what I can do, then I asked the ACCE staff what I can do, and then they gave me chance to research. So, I did research! I can finish the research, but I’m not sure I can help poor people. Then I think that I can know I should make presentation to people who don’t know the poverty of the Philippines, and when I go back Japan, I’ll study fare trade and, I want to do fare trade. I think it is good way of empowerment for poor people. So, what I can do is letting people know about poverty and join organization fare trade organization. I’m also really thankful for the members of AIESEC in De La Salle University, because they picked me up first day, and they reserved my dorm and took me to various places. I can also go to immigration to extend visa. And they care for EPs. I am relief because they are kind, thoughtful I can be concentrated on working thanks to their funny, and thoughtful. help. I want to say thank you very much. Hello everybody! I am Rens Boeijen, I come from Nijmegen, Holland. I am 25 years old. I graduated August 2009 and I am a neuro- and rehabilitation psychologist. A friend of mine told me great stories about Damascus, the Philippines and since I was looking for a challenge abroad and I could work here in my workfield I was enthusiastic straight away. Except working as a psychologist I will give kickboxing and fitness classes and will assist here in every way needed. I am looking forward to 6 or 7 months Damascus, Philippines.


Testimonials Hi, I am Sofia, 23 years old. I came from Russia to work here, in Damascus, for 6 months. I will be working in both Rehabilitation Centre and Learning Centre. This summer I graduated from Psychology and long time ago I decided to go abroad after finishing my studies. The Philippines are so far away from Russia, a nice place to start a new "afterUniversity" period of life. Working for Damascus Foundation is very important for me, as I am interested in child psychology and also in psychology of addictive behavior. I hope I will be able to help Damascus to develop further and also grow myself here.

XP trainee: Sofia Barkova – Damascus (Russia)

XP trainee: trainee Ilona Gradus – Damascus (Poland)

XP trainee: Samuel Leung – Damascus (Canada)

Hello, my name is Ilona, I am 24 years old. I came from Poland. I have just graduated from Psychology and Law and decided to come to the Philippines to work here in Rehabilitation Centre. I am happy that I can use the knowledge and skills which I learned through the higher education. I find working here challenging and that is exactly why I took it up.

My experience at Damascus Foundation was both exhilarating and very fun. From the very beginning with my arrival in the Philippines, AIESEC DLSU made me feel welcome in the Philippines. For me this was a very new world with a completely different culture. From my fast transition from eating balut at an AIESECer's apartment to arriving at Damascus Foundation, AIESEC made sure everything ran smoothly. Robert Tiangco,

executive director and founder of Damascus Foundation, made sure my experience at Damascus was a grand one. one Due to my short stay at Damascus, I was given a variety of smaller ranging tasks, all of which were still challenging and enjoyable Whether it was teaching enjoyable. English or running exercise classes, every moment I spent at Damascus was valuable. valuable We had exhilarating moments, such as when we reopened Damascus Learning


Testimonials Centre's newly furnished classroom and exploring a cave as well as calm days working on projects in the office. I met many people in my two months in the Philippines, all of whom extended a friendly arm out. Thank you again Robert, Damascus Foundation and AIESEC DLSU! I am working at an NGO called Maligaya House supporting Japanese Filipino Children. What I am doing at the NGO is translating legal documents, interviewing clients, doing home visits, writing reports, and attending various meetings with other NGOs. I chose this NGO since I was looking for an NGO in which I could support clients using my “Japaneseness” including Japanese language. Since I usually work at the NGO from Monday to Saturday, I do not have a chance to go on a trip. However, I went to several interesting places in Manila such as Intramuros, China Town, Smokey Mountain, etc. Although I have experiences of working at NGOs in the United States and in Japan, I do not have an experience of working at an NGO in the Southeast Asia. It is a great opportunity for me to know the present situation of NGOs in the Southeast Asia. I believe that this experience will help me to pursue my career in the field of international cooperation. Thank you very much. XP trainee: Yumiko Tsuruki - Maligaya House XP trainee: Takuro Miyahara – Maligaya I expected this internship would give me opportunities to be exposed to legal issues. Now I’m taking up law in the college, and have a dream of being involved in global issues as a lawyer. This internship had much to do with my career path. That’s why I chose Maligaya House as my TN. Looking around TNs all over the world, legal organization is quite rare, so this time I was fortunate to find this TN. I can say that expectation was met. Though sometimes boring or discouraging, through office work and field work, I can be involved in activities of human rights protection, and can feel tons of everyday routine work will lead to a big difference. What’s more now we are taking legal action against Japanese government. I think it’s an amazing privilege to be a part of this big project. Life after work is also amazing. People here not only aiesecers but anyone are quite kind, funny, and hospitable. Every day I’m looking forward to having something fun with you guys. If I tell you something you (not DLSU but AIESEC Philippines) should reconsider, you put too much emphasis on the number of internship you handle. For example, now in the Philippines, there are more than 10 Japanese trainees. This situation is not necessarily good for us. Some trainees are expecting life without Japanese to experience how it is to be far from Japan. Or I hear in a TN the work is just to call Japanese customers in Japanese or there is no work at all. Compared to Japan, in the Philippines, increasing the number itself should be easy. Rather, I want you to think more about ut im improving the quality of each internship.


Testimonials You should inform beforehand how manytrainees, from which country, are coming, and exactly what kind of activities are trainees supposed to do. If the Philippines get credited with good quality, the number will go up easily. From the next term, I will be an OGX player. When I send trainees, unless the quality of internship is guaranteed, I won’t send them to that TN or country. Anyway, I’m quite satisfied with my internship. I’m grateful to Maligaya House, you DLSU ICX team, and my friends in aiesec philippines who entertained me every night. Salamat po . I have 2 objectives to have applied the internship. First, as AIESECer, I want to build good relationship with AIESEC in Philippines. Many Japanese EPs want to take internship in Philippines. I need to research the condition ,and make connection. Second, I want to know what is NGO like. That will broaden Thank you AIESECers in Philippines, the TN staff, and everyone whom I met. Now, It has passed about 1month since I started the internship. I think that I could build good relation with AIESECers and TN. Even when I go back to JAPAN, the relationship will continue. I will recommend

my EPs to take internship in Philippines! And, This experience broaden my outlook remarkably. I got interesting with various things. Last 1month, I will do my best so that I wont regret it afterwards. And give good impact to everyone!! Thank you.

my outlook and choice of future job. Since I started my internship, I have experienced various things. Everyday, I make discoveries. Philippines has rather different environment from Japan. At first, I was puzzled but thanks to kind people, now I really really enjoy!


Testimonials XP trainee: Cameron Manders When trying to decide where I wanted to go for my traineeship, I had to choose between India and the Philippines. So I did a Google search and clicked ‘images.’ When I saw a picture of the clear blue waters of Boracay, I immediately sent Kevin Ramos my acceptance note saying that I would accept my position in the Philippines. Philippines The seven weeks that I spent there proved to be one of the coolest experiences of my life. I worked for a company called VSO Bahaginan where I was in charge of doing various marketing activities and research studies. studies I honestly did not know what to expect before I arrived in the Philippines. All I knew was that it is always warm and that the women are gorgeous. My work was a glorious time because I was able to meet many people with different backgrounds than me. VSO was amazing because I was assigned to projects that were meaningful to development VSO also allowed me their marketing development. to take time off to be able to travel within the Philippines to see some of the most beautiful areas in the entire world. world My experience while with VSO and travel has solidified the Philippines as my new favorite country in the world. I love it so much that I plan on visiting sometime this summer to reconnect with old friends and colleagues as well as travel more around some more. AIESEC DLSU was also amazing to me while I was based in Manila. I was well taken care of and showed around the city within the first couple days. Kevin and Glenn Matthew Hu were always eager to take me out to different restaurants venues We would go play and concert venues. trivia on Wednesday evenings at a local restaurant and we went to a place called Tiendesitas a few times to relax and enjoy some live music. The members of this LC made my time in Manila a truly fantastic time that I will never forget and have encouraged me to share my story with AIESECers from all over the world when I meet them. Now I tell everyone “If you can find a traineeship in the Philippines; GO!”


Testimonials It really caught my attention when I heard that AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run student organization therefore I joined in the Annual Recruitment Week. When I read that there will be a Managerial Program I hurriedly passed my application form because I was also told that we would deal with the international leadership and corporate sector, which totally trapped my interest, as that is my ultimate career goal. And luckily I got my preferred position, Manager for Budgeting; because I know that it will help me to gain knowledge about Finance because I was thinking to transfer to a Business Course next school year. Missing all the major events of AIESEC like A-Camp, NatCon etc. I felt I couldn't have attached with the other members at the same level and worked with the equal quantity of passion. Fortunately, that never happened. Currently, I am the Director for Recruitment and Tracking, my responsibility is to ensure the success of recruitment, to help members realize their goals by analyzing capability strengths and weaknesses, and to track the members who are on taking Responsibility Stage of the AIESEC Experience that is, members who are contributing to the success of teams’ purposes and working efficiently with others in a team setting. My AIESEC experience so far, has truly been an inspiring one and there is a lot more that I would want to give to this organization. The development I have seen in myself since I have been a part of this association is beyond measure and AIESEC is absolutely the finest platform that student can get to realize and expand prospective to the fullest. And now I can arrogantly say "I am an AIESEC'er!"

Japanese Study Tour Testimonial I had my first study tour experience with some Japanese students and what I experienced with them was priceless. I never thought that I will be so attached to them that it would be hard for me to say goodbye. During the first few days organizing their plans here in the Philippines it was very stressful adding up to the things I needed to do in school. I thought that it will also be work which was not that fun and there is nothing I can do but bear with it, until I spent time with them and got to know them, it was totally different to what I expected. Every moment I spent with them wasn’t stressful as a matter of fact it I enjoyed it a lot there was no pressure at all, it was just like going out with friends, the difference is only that they are from another country. Honestly it was also very hard trying to talk to them because of the language barrier but we managed. There were also times where I had to sacrifice my sleep but it really paid off. I was with the study tour starting from the second day they arrived and from the day they left, and now I am regretting not picking them up from the airport. We visited places shared experiences and learned new things. I really wish that I could spend another day with them. They are really fun loving people. After this study tour I realized how great it was to be in SnR. Lastly I thank the people that introduced me to AIESEC and be a part of it, without them I wouldn’t have had these great experience.


Testimonials From time, I have been dreaming myself to join an organization where I can have a prestigious training and showing off my leadership skills. I have been through a lot of organizations namely the soccer varsity team, theatre guild, student council and various organization presented in our university that would be able to hone myself as a leader and later on, AIESEC-DLSU DLSU began to enter into my life. I remember back then that AIESEC was a stranger to me with no knowledge or no meaning at all in its agenda. I was curious because AIESEC was really new to me and it is hard to gain trust to this organization because its background was unknown. So after signing my name off to AIESEC, I began immediately to read its brochure and check out AIESEC in Google from there I realized the organization true value. My mind struck at AIESEC website because it was entitled as the “world’s largest student organization” and I was really amazed on the delivery of AIESEC and its message. I look up on the benefits I can get from AIESEC after a deep research on it. It is not more than a leadership organization or an exchange type but it is an organization where one’s self esteem is creating a positive impact in order for the development of our social welfare. I began my AIESEC XP during my late first year life and from there I began to explore the wonders and impacts were making for AIESEC. I first started in People Development or what we call Talent Management as of the moment. I started doing small tasks by helping out my VP and her directors like logistics issue, database input, documents and many more but I never knew the deeper technicalities of AIESEC back then namely Exchange, Talent Pipeline, TN’s and many more. All I know was doing activities for the members and welcoming & meeting trainees. By the time I began to handle bigger roles in AIESEC that is the time I began to study AIESEC back-end end processes. My sources were asking questions to my VP’s, getting manuals or toolkits and try to understand the process little by little. By that time, I think I was ready to take a leadership role during my second year and it has happen. I have attended various conferences in AIESEC, namely in the national side, NATCON and DEVCON while on the international side NLDS and APXLDS. Those conferences are the reasons why I am still in AIESEC. They were the source of my motivation on why I stick my feet on this ground and never gave up in creating an impact even with all the stress and exhaustion. Apart from it I gain a huge network because of these conferences. DLSU, namely I was This is also my second time in becoming a LCVP in AIESEC-DLSU, rd the VP-PD during my 3 year and will be becoming the VP Projects on my upcoming 4th year. Even though I ran for LCP and lost during the elections I really thank for APXLDS because it was driving stone for me to continue and serve my passion for AIESEC after the big loss in my motivation level. From this day on, I would strive myself in becoming the competitive VP I can be not only producing a Local Committee Level but establishing myself to an international standards. I dare to dream big because I believe anything is possible and not the impossible. I thank AIESEC because I started out as kid who lacks to serve but right now I am now the type of person who loves to help my community and making a change to it. In fact, I realized that I am still not in the fifty percent experience of AIESEC because I know there are more adventures await for me in this organization that I love or what I truly call a home within my heart.

AIESEC-DLSU Annual Report 2010  

From the Month of January-December 2010