HISTORY OF AJCMFI
Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation, Inc. (AJCMFI) was established in 2002, initially with the purpose of supporting the construction of the Simbahan ng Jesus Nazareno. However, the conditions of the urban relocates, who were informal settlers from Manila, provided a new understanding of its missionary dimension. Inspired by the Spirit of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, the call to serve the poor through non-formal education became the most strategic response to nation building.
AJCMFI’s humble beginning started with the establishment of Sagip Dunong, the first Alternative Learning System community learning center at the very heart of the City of Dasmariñas in Cavite.
The foundation has also established linkages to support its expansion efforts such as the Indigenous Learning System in Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan. In 2006, The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Foundation Inc. asked for the technical services of the Foundation. And with its experience in Non-Formal Education (NFE), around 300 indigenous people joined the indigenous Learning System (ILS). The generous contribution of the Mining Foundation especially in shouldering all financial matters helped the Foundation to re-channel its resources to other fruitful engagements.
At the moment, the Foundation has focused on the literacy alleviation of the out of school youth, the elderly and the indigenous communities. However, it dreams to expand its missionary calling through the alleviation of poverty among the least fortunate in terms of equipping technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills for future micro business ventures.
Cognizant of these enormous tasks, the Foundation envisions to widen the scope of its networks and linkages with government units, local NGO’s and possibly engagements with international organizations abroad. The Foundation exists in response to the holistic formation of society specifically with a preferential option for the poor and the less privileged starting with literacy alleviation, economic empowerment, but most importantly, taking care of the spiritual well-being among its candidates and the community surrounding the learning centers. It organizes meaningful spiritual activities that would develop a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord and become responsible members of society.
The Foundation firmly believes that man is by nature good. However, apathy and indifference in society may have encroached heavily on man’s sense of self-worth and dignity so that this goodness is constrained and unable to grow and bloom. It is the Foundation’s firm resolve to give back hope to the hopeless, and light to those in darkness.
At present, there are now 117 AJCMFI-ALS centers in the following areas: 52 centers in Dasmariñas, Cavite, 15 centers in Bacoor and NCR, 1 center in Tagaytay City, 42 centers in Rio Tuba, Palawan, 6 centers in Marawi.
AJCMFI LIST of CLC's
Board of trustees
Ms. Victorina Amalingan-Sales
Fr. Jerome A. Marquez, SVD, JCL
Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD
Mr. Rey De Los Reyes
Fr. Randy Flores, SVD, Phd., STD
Mr. Bobby Novenario
Mr. Edwin Ty
Mr. Alex Sañez
Mr. Manny Villar
Mr. Joel Salazar
Dr. Carmelita Quebengco
Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC
Fr. Joaquin Ferrer, SVD
Fr. Ferdinand Antoine Bajao, SVD
Fr. Jerome A. Marquez, SVD, JCL
Dr. Maxwell Felicilda
Mr. Bryan Vargas, LPT
Assistant Program Director
Ms. Jo Villaranda
Mrs. Perlyn Liparanon-Loristo
Mr. John Howell Loristo
Mr. Marvin Rhamad Darole
Fr. Uili Uvea, SVD