December 12-13, 2018 – San Pio Village, Dumlog, Talisay.
All JPIC-IDC staff from the Visayas and Mindanao gathered for two days for its year-end assessment activity. This activity highlights milestones being done and to review where we have not done well and to reinvent ourselves to do better.
This year’s year-end assessment activity started with an input from Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD – former Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and one of the founding pioneers of JPIC-IDC. He eloquently brought us back to the beginnings of JPIC-IDC and its journey – filled with successful stories notwithstanding the challenges – these past nineteen years. Equally, he gave us an overview of the social work of the SVD worldwide. He very clearly underscored that we are doing what we are doing because this is what Jesus wants us to do as Christians. And we are doing our work not for something, but for somebody.
On the second day, in the first part of the morning, the assessment was centered on JPIC-IDC’s 5-Year Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The staff were divided into five groups according to the 5 goals. Each group highlighted what has been done and what has not been done. Understandably, revisions were made on some provisions to make the strategic plan more realistic and doable. New provisions were also added.
The second part of the morning was devoted to review the final draft of JPIC-IDC’s Child Protection Policy. Hopefully, this could be implemented in the first quarter of 2019.
In the afternoon, for about half an hour, the German volunteers presented and shared their experiences, living and working in JPIC-IDC’s partner communities. Then followed discussions about organizational concerns, such as: Finance, HR and Mutual Fund.
The lighter side of the day was the exchanging of gifts.
The activity ended by a celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by the Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin, SVD – Executive Director of JPIC-IDC. Dinner was served before everybody headed home.