Project Officer & Managing Editor
Winston G. Arpon
Warlino J. Sadiarin
Jesus B. Duller
Irwin P. Ver
Wilfredo S. Mejia
Vladimir S. Punto
Danilo M. Jimenez
Robertson B. Magora
Reviving The LEAP-YEAH!
Then as now, this issue of “The LEAP – YEAH!” is the end-product of dreamers and doers, working together, a mantra that has become associated with its publishers, DJLF Charity Foundation (DJLF US) and DJLF Charity Philippines, Inc (DJLF PH).
Conceived in 2005 as an annual publication of DJLF Charity Foundation (DJLF Charity Philippines, Inc. would not be incorporated until 2012) “The LEAP-YEAH!” serves as an annual report to the general membership of both DJLF US and DJLF PH on LEAP, Loakan Educational Assistance Project, their advocacy on the education and development of financially-challenged but academically qualified youth in the Philippines. It also serves as a report to other stakeholders of LEAP – present and future benefactors, donors and other supporters in both the US and the Philippines.
The ‘YEAH’ in “LEAP – YEAH,” as a variant of ‘yes’ or ‘yea,’ is verily an affirmation while it also stands for Youth Education And Hope. After all, for both non-profit charitable organizations, LEAP is about investing in youth; helping them get a good education; and, ultimately giving them hope in life.
The first issue of “The LEAP – YEAH!” was published in 2005, the year that LEAP was launched in February at the Baguio City National High School, Fort del Pilar Annex, Philippine Military Academy, with the awarding, under the Youth Scholarship Program, LEAP’s, of 10 college seniors of that school, to comprise the first batch of LEAP Scholars. 2005 was the 6th Foundation Year of DJLF Charity Foundation; although incorporated in 2003, DJLF US traces its origin to December 12, 1999 when the organization of former cadets of PMA residing outside of the Philippines for the purpose of doing ‘something good for humanity –‘ a phrase often said and heard by these cadets in the barracks of Loakan, was conceptualized. That ‘something’ ultimately turned out to be what is now known as LEAP.
TLY16, a shorthand for this issue, covers calendar year 2016, or DJLF Foundation Year 17, a revival of the issue that was last published in 2008. We are determined, however, that from here on, there won’t be a hiatus of one year, let alone 8 long years. Moreover, starting with this, an electronic version will be accessible on tly.djlf.org, a website with an archives section for all past issues, starting with TLYs 05, 06, 07 and 08.
For DJLF-LEAP – a term we prefer to use in reference collectively to DJLF US and DJLF PH and their LEAP advocacy collectively – 2016 was a year of transition, with Abe de Guzman and Warlie Sadiarin, assuming the position of Board Chairman of DJLF PH and DJLF US, respectively. 2016 was also a watershed year, with the Memorandum of Agreement signed in October between both Foundations instituting the Board of Governors as the governing body for DJLF-LEAP, the details of which can be found in Section III – Organization and Governance – specifically, an article by Willie Mejia on Operation Back-to-the-Slope, a reorganization and revitalization initiative of DJLF US, and, an article of Warlie Sadiarin, on the new communication strategy availing of social media to maximize correspondence among various elements, especially the Board of Directors and Board of Governors.
No TLY would be complete without this, a regular feature in past issues – a call of the roll of members, quite a good number of which have passed in the last 17 years, and of LEAP Scholars from all 12 batches. On the latter, we have an article on what happened to Batch of 2005, the first batch of LEAP Scholars, and, a couple of testimonials.
Otherwise, we have found no need to alter the basic format of TLYs past; the Living Past as well as a look into the future of DJLF-LEAP still in the mix as well as acknowledgements of and from stakeholders.