In a bid to celebrate Women’s Month and highlight Pinay Power, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines unveiled “The One Pearl of Pasay (TOPP) 2024” project. The launch, held in Makati City, emphasized JCI’s commitment to development projects aligned with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly gender equality.

Maya Gamboa-Arcega, the 2023 LO President of JCI Perlas Pasay, underscored JCI’s evolution from a group of women leaders to a diverse organization focused on youth and social development. She highlighted the strengthened partnership with Pasay City’s local government, lauding Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano’s support for TOPP 2024.

Mayor Calixto-Rubiano, emphasizing gender equality, expressed her backing for JCI’s initiatives, including TOPP 2024. The project aims to recognize ordinary women in Pasay City, uplifting their families and communities through their resilience and contributions.

Nanelyn Bontoyan-Santos, the 2024 LO President of JCI Perlas Pasay, outlined TOPP’s focus on empowering women in marginalized communities, such as those living near the city cemetery. The project stems from initiatives like the Community Livelihood Acceleration Program (CLAP), which Santos previously managed.

The nomination process for TOPP 2024 involves barangays across Pasay City, with nominees screened based on set criteria. JCI Philippines aims to highlight the stories of women who, despite challenges, have made significant contributions to society.

Scheduled from February to March 2024, the project includes nomination submission, screening, judging, and awarding ceremonies. The winner will receive a Pangkabuhayan package worth Php 15,000, with post-award monitoring for one year.

Atty. Patrick Maglinao, JCI Philippines-Metro Area Vice President, expressed support for TOPP and encouraged more projects from JCI Pasay. The event saw participation from various JCI chapters, indicating widespread support for empowering women and promoting community development.