March 26, 2019. Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC), Inc., in collaboration with the Community Extension Services (CES) of the University of San Carlos (USC), launches its 20th Founding Anniversary. The theme of this year-long celebration is “Transforming Lives, Putting the Poor at the Forefront.”

The launching ceremony was held at the basement of the Fr. Anselmo Bustos Gym at the University of San Carlos Downtown Campus, Cebu City. The event was organized by the HRM and Tourism students of USC. It was attended by representatives from the 21 partner communities of JPIC-IDC, SVD priests, JPIC-IDC staff, members of the JPIC-IDC BOT and Corporation, members of the CES team, Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President of USC), guests, friends and students.

The event started with a Eucharistic celebration at 10:00 presided by Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD (former Executive Director of JPIC-IDC and former VPAA of USC). A short program followed and it ended with a sumptuous lunch.

The anniversary is not so much a celebration of JPIC-IDC’s 20 years of existence; but what the organization has become and has done these past 20 years.

Yes, ‘20 years of transforming lives, putting the poor at the forefront’ is the raison d’être of this year-long celebration.

Indeed, JPIC-IDC is grateful to have become an instrument of God in helping ‘people on the edge’ to regain their dignity and sense of pride. Equally, it is proud to have contributed something remarkable to the wellbeing of the less fortunate people of society.

As JPIC-IDC celebrates in joy and gratitude, it is also full of optimism that it would be able to touch more people in the years to come through the kind and untiring support of its generous partners, benefactors and donors.

© Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin, SVD