It all started in 2002, when JCIP National President Mabel Mamba made a formal courtesy call to 1st JCIP National President Amb. Ramon Del Rosario, Sr. at his PHINMA office. At that time, Del Rosario was the Vice-Chair of Caritas Manila. He shared about the deplorable conditions of the inmates that he regularly visit and explore how JCI can help.
Following the concept from the NP Amb. Ramon Del Rosario and under the leadership of NP Mabel, JCI Philippines volunteered to initiate a program for the correctional community (“People Behind Bars”) based on the principles of balanced and restorative justice namely: 1. Human Rights Advocacy to the accused 2. Sports, Cultural and Educational Programs 3. Livelihood Programs/ Projects. This then gave birth to “Beyond Prison Walls”.
The very first project involved a visitation to the inmates of Navotas City Jail where the late National PresidentAmb. Del Rosario Sr. was the guest of honor and speaker. The first National Chairman was Randy Manaloto of JCI Manila.
What is Beyond Prison Walls?
Beyond Prison Walls is one of the flagship projects of Junior Chamber International Philippines, Inc. This project aims to help the correctional community (the people behind bars) in their total human development based on the principles of a balanced and restorative justice namely; Human Rights Advocacy to the Accused, Sports, Cultural and Educational Programs and Providing them with Livelihood opportunities.
This is also aligned with JCI Philippines commitment in addressing Sustainable Development Goal no. 16: To promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institution at all levels.