Borromeo to represent Negros Occidental, PH in U.S. Fellowship

Mar 1, 2024

Borromeo to represent Negros Occidental, PH in U.S. Fellowship 1

Bacolod City, Philippines—NYLI Inc Director of Programs and concurrent Chief Operations Officer of Kasimanwa and Co Inc, Jomar Borromeo, is set to represent Province of Negros Occidental and the Philippines, in the upcoming Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development this Spring 2024.

Borromeo is selected from thousands of applicants through a competitive selection and is the lone representative for Visayas and Mindanao for the Cycle 1 of the YSEALI Professional Fellowship.

In 2016, Borromeo co-founded Negrosanon Young Leaders Institute Incorporated, a non-governmental organization focusing on youth development and empowerment. While teaching at a local private school, he served as the Director of Programs where he pioneered the NYLI Inc’s comprehensive sex education campaign for the youth and by the youth across the rural areas in the province. In 2021, Jomar took on the full-time role as the Director of Programs in the Institute. Since then, he has provided pathways for young parents, teenage mothers, abuse survivors, and people living with HIV with a mental and psychosocial space for development and recovery through the institute’s program on mental health and psychosocial support and the establishment of the first youth-centered safe-space for young people in Western Visayas granted by the Province of Negros Occidental, in partnership with other relevant stakeholders.

Today, Borromeo leads the institute’s social enterprise, Kasimanwa and Co Inc., as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning. Working with disenfranchised and marginalized young parents, teenage mothers, abuse survivors, and people living with HIV, he initiated the enterprise’s financial literacy and small-scale business subsidized livelihood programs for these individuals, which is tailor-fitted with a capacity-strengthening program on employment and knowledge enrichment. Consistent with Kasimanwa and Co. Inc’s vision, he believes that the young people in rural areas in Negros Occidental must not be victimized by systemic injustice that concerns their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Working with vulnerable rural communities prone to misinformation and abuse, he believes that children and young people must be given meaningful and equitable resources to develop and grow in a just and inclusive society.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.


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