DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 11 — The national organization of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), one of the largest secular youth service organizations in the world, is now being led by a Dagupeño.
City Secretary Ryan Ravanzo was elected 65th National President of the 6,000 member-strong JCI Philippines in a consensus election conducted in the simultaneous Area Conferences in Iligan, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Bulacan and Isabela last September 9.
Backed by a strong track record of performance through a 20-year volunteer leadership development and training in various nongovernment organizations, Ravanzo vowed to lead a new JCI Philippines that will “inspire the nation.”
Prior to his election as national president, Ravanzo, 38, was National Treasurer, National Secretary-General, national awards chairman and an area vice president. Apart from his membership with his local organization JCI Dagupan, he served other organizations like the Rotary Club of Dagupan, Knights of Columbus Pangasinan Council 3711, St. John Cathedral School Alumni Association, among others.
He was a Rotary Foundation group study exchange scholar to the United States in 2005, Philippine scholar to the Governance Course on Disaster Risk Reduction Management conducted by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok in 2007, one of the 20 young Filipino leaders to join the ASEAN-China International Youth Exchange Program in 2010, and the lone Philippine delegate to the largest aggrupation of young global leaders during the 25th JCI Academy in Sapporo, Japan last July.
The seventh child in a brood of 8, he is the son of the late Weekly Guardian publisher and lawyer Regino Ravanzo Jr. and Natividad Cariño, an OFW.
He completed his baccalaureate and postgraduate studies at the Lyceum Northwestern University and the University of Pangasinan, respectively. He now sits as secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod and information officer at the University of Luzon.
Ravanzo is the second Dagupeño to be elected president after Mayor Benjamin S. Lim held the post in 1990.
During Ravanzo’s term as chapter president in 2008, the JCI Dagupan Chapter undertook the Care Calima outreach program, which eventually won the Best UN Millenium Development Goals Project at the Asia Pacific Conference in Nagano, Japan. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan/JCI Dagupan)