DAVAO CITY Aug. 8 (PIA)- Junior Chamber International (JCI) the prime movers of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awards are seeking more Mindanaoans for this annual search which seeks to give recognition to selfless and passionate individiuals who have excelled in their profession and contributed to the welfare of their countrymen.
"I think this is the right time for us to nominate someone from Mindanao because Mindanao is being highlighted because of our President." says Diane Marie Tushinka Tan 2017 TOYM Area 5 chairperson said during the Davao launch of the TOYM Awards held last July 28 at the World Palace in Davao City.
According to data only 4% of the 485 awardees since the TOYM inception in 1959 or about 20 individuals are from Mindanao.
"First and foremost most of the people from Mindanao are not aware of the awards and second probably they are aware but they have no idea how to nominate." Tan said.
To allow more Mindanaoans for TOYM is to make nomination process 100% online.
"I think one of the reasons why there are fewer Mindanao nominees is lack of accessibility , all the screenings, the judgings, the interviews are done in Manila." says JCI Senator Disston Tan who is the chair for TOYM 2017.
"Going 100% online, they don't need to send the physical documents to Manila, the interview can be done through skype." the JCI senator said.
"Hopefully we can get 30% of nominees from Mindanao." JCI Senator Tan said.
Last year of the 150 nominees there were less than 20 nominees coming from Mindanao.
Established 58 years ago this year's TOYM carries the theme "United in Purpose Towards Nation Building." Nominees must be Filipino citizens and are 18-40 years old with “outstanding leadership and achievements which benefit the community and the country.”
Interested individuals in the TOYM nomination process can go visit the website www. toym.jci.org.ph. The deadline for nominations is on August 30, 2017. (PIA/RG Alama)