by: Harvey S. Keh
The Manila Bulletin http://mb.com.ph/articles/327947/asia-society-selects-top-young-phl-leaders
MANILA, Philippines — The Asia Society, the New York-based institution that promotes international understanding between leaders of Asia and the United States of America, recently released this year’s batch of young Filipino leaders who will represent our country at the upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in New Delhi, India.
The Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative aims to gather top young leaders aged between 25-40 years old from all across the Asia-Pacific region to provide them with an opportunity to establish a working relationship with one another, early in their careers.
Past Asia 21-Philippines’ fellows include Atty. Arnel Casanova of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Natalie “Ching” Jorge of Bato Balani Foundation, Lt. Col. Dennis Eclarin of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and travel blogger Ivan Henares.
This year, the Asia Society center in Manila received over 100 nominations and nine accomplished leaders were selected.
The main criterion is leadership experience, impact of leadership and track record in public service. Here are some information about the nine fellows who will represent our country this year:
1.) ATTY. PAULINO LEACHON (GOVERNMENT). He is a former taxi driver who is now serving his second term as Mayor of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Under him, the city was awarded by the Asian Institute of Management as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines and by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the top performing local government unit in the province of Oriental Mindoro. His main advocacies include the promotion of livelihood opportunities, support services for persons with disabilities and the provision of quality healthcare for his constituents.
2.) ATTY. LESLEY CORDERO (GOVERNMENT). Currently the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, she also served as one of the most active and dynamic commissioners at the National Youth Commission (NYC). She was also a project management consultant for USAID and the supervising legislative staff officer of Senator Francis Pangilinan.
3.) MARIA DORIS DUMLAO (MEDIA). She is a multi-awarded business reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and previously, for the Business Daily, Inc. She was also an adviser to the Southeast Asian Council in the World Economic Forum and a member of the Economist Journalist Association of the Philippines and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority Alumnae Association.
4.) JEFFREY TARAYAO (BUSINESS). He is currently the chief corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer of Meralco. Previously, he worked for Globe Telecom as head of their CSR program. His programs include Sagot Ka Ni Kap! which provided training for barangay officials on conflict resolution, and the Text2Teach Program which enabled public school teachers from rural communities to access educational videos that they can use for their classes.
5.) ALVIN CLOYD DAKIS (HEALTH). He is the founding chairman/president of the Alliance of Young Leaders and Advocates International. A known health advocate, he is also involved in promoting the rights of Filipino nurses and in ensuring the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
6.) MICHAEL SANDEJAS (CULTURE AND THE ARTS). He is an award winning filmmaker and professor, whose works include Dinig Sana Kita, Tulad ng Dati and Wat floor Ma’am for which he received awards such as the the Cinemalaya Audience Award, Cinemanila International Film Festival Selection, Gawad Tanglaw Presidential Jury Award for Film Excellence and National Council for Children’s Television Award in 2009, and was included in the San Diego Asian Film Festival and Third Eye Asian Film Festival in India last 2010. He teaches Advanced Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde and Audiovisual Production at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.
7.) SOLVIE NUBLA-LEE (NON-PROFIT). She is one of the founders and currently the executive director of Pathways to Higher Education-Philippines, an organization that helps academically-gifted but financially-disadvantaged public high school students get into college and finish their education. To date, Pathways has helped more than 100 students finish college and are currently helping more than 500 students.
8.) ANNALIE EDDAY (NON-PROFIT). She works as a program manager for Synergeia Foundation, a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to improve basic education in the country. At present, she oversees the implementation in Saranggani province of the program she started in 2008 named Quality Education in Sarangani Today (QUEST). She is also the founding chairperson of Lumad SOCSARGEN which is an initiative catering to the needs of indigenous people.
9.) JOY ANYA LIM (SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP). She is the general manager of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, a Cebu-based organization that promotes cultural preservation of the Philippines’ weaving industry. She is also involved with Rags2Riches.