Republic of the Philippines
City of San Juan, Metro Manila
JANELLA MARIE V. EJERCITO,more commonly known as JANELLA EJERCITO ESTRADA was born on November 23, 1989 to parents former Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada and Ma. Presentacion “Precy” Vitug-Ejercito. She is a graduate of AB Political Science from the De La Salle University and is taking up Master’s Degree at the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance.
She is one of the youngest – elected Vice Mayors in the 2016 National and Local Elections and also the youngest - elected councilor in the City of San Juan in the 2013 Local Elections.
As Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer, she was able to unite all the twelve (12) elected councilors from two (2) opposing parties under a cohesive and functional Fifth (5th) City Council. Under her leadership, the Sangguniang Panlungsod was able to enact ordinances and resolutions to support the continued progress of the City and posted a 92% rate of enacted pieces of legislations over those filed, as of October 2017. San Juan City was also able to pass important pieces of legislations in support The Comprehensive Dangerous Act, the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and the LGBTIQ Anti-Discrimination Bill, among others.
As Mayor Guia Gomez’s appointed Chief Operating Officer of the San Juan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), Janella was able to facilitate the compulsory rehabilitation of drug dependents at the Bicutan Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, the creation of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council Office and the implementation of the cash for work program for the Rehab Sa Barangay Anti-Narcotics Action Team (BANAT) for its recovering clients.
Janella also initiated the REHAB SA BARANGAY, An NCRPO best practice strategy patterned after the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Community-Based Treatment and Care for People Affected by Drug Use and Dependence in the Philippines, in providing DOH guided Out-Patient and Community-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Program.
On December 17 2016, more than 300 clients graduated from the Batch 1 REHAB SA BARANGAY-SIPAG (Simula Ng Pag-asa) a three (3) month-long spiritual-based program in collaboration with the Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF) program.
Last October 13, 2017, more than 100 clients graduated from the Batch 2 REHAB SA BARANGAY-SANLAKBAY, a six (6) month-long spiritual based program held every friday afternoon in all of the four (4) parishes of the City of San Juan under the guidance of the Archdiocese of Manila.
All of these Batches 1 and 2 clients are now undergoing the REHAB SA BARANGAY After-Care Program which focuses on behavioral cognitive group therapy approach under the Katatagan Kontra Droga Program in collaboration with the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP). The Rehab Sa Barangay also works in collaboration with the Narcotics Anonymous for weekly support group meetings. Majority of the guidance counselors from the DepEd San Juan, and the Barangay Health workers (BHWs) and Women and Children Desk Officers (WCDOs), the social workers from the City Social and Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) are involved in Rehab Sa Barangay administration Addiction Screening And Referral (ASAR), case management and addiction counseling. Three (3) out of nine (9) doctors in our City Health Office are now DOH-accredited, thereby making available the Rehab Sa Barangay Out-Patient Treatment Service in three health centers in the City of San Juan. Janella credits CADAC Chair Mayor Guia Gomez’s utmost support in the success of San Juan’s Rehab Sa Barangay.
When Janella was a Councilor under the 4th City Council, she chaired the Committee on Public Information and the Committee on Health, respectively. She has authored and co-sponsored a total of 112 of City Ordinances and 72 City Resolutions geared towards the general welfare and interests of every San Juaneño family. She was able to provide assistance and reached out to a great number of San Juaneños through her projects and programs at no expense on the part of the City Government of San Juan.
But even before entering politics, Janella has been involved in several charitable projects, medical-relief operations; out-reach missions and other gift-giving activities. And now that she is a public servant, she endeavors to constantly do her share in the fight against poverty in San Juan, through her advocacies JELS– Jobs, Education, Livelihood and Sports & Social Services including anti-drug campaign, disaster preparedness and resilience program, LGBT Rights and responsible social media.
All year-round, Janella’s office is busy implementing these various programs and projects apart from the continuing REHAB SA BARANGAY and its various programs, the JELS Public Assistance program, the Libre Sakay, Distribution of new-born kits at the San Juan Medical Center and the emergency personal relief operations.
February –Valentine Treat for the Happy Feet – free slippers for all
Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada’s gift giving to San Juan
March –San Juan Araw ng Kababaihan
– a pampering hair-cut, mani-pedi and massage treats for women in all 20 barangays
April – May JELS Summer Swimming Blow – out in all 23 locations in all 20 barangays
June –JELS School is Cool Back to School Program – Distribution of additional school
Supplies in all 8 public elementary schools, 2 SPED classes and 19 Day Care Centers
July – JELS Disaster Preparedness & Basic Life Support Seminar
JELS Eskwela Kontra Droga / Barkada Kontra-Droga
August – JELS Palarong Pinoy
JELS Rug Making Livelihood Program
September - JELS Serbisyo Sa Masa – a multi-Service medical-dental-optical-
pet-legal-feeding programs for all San Juanenos in 10 locations for the 20 barangays
October – JELS Pet Baptism
JELS 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
JELS Rehabilitation of Half-Courts
November – JELS CUP Basketball, Volleyball, Dart Tournaments (Men-Women)
San Juan City Anti-Drug Summit
December- San Juan City Pride March – HIV awareness campaign
JELS Christmas gift giving / A day with Ninang Janella
Just like her father, Janella directs her salaries to her JELS Public Assistance program which has now catered to the immediate and emergency needs of some 4,000 San Juanenos.
Janella was awarded by the Eastern Police District for her efforts in the Anti-Drugs and Anti-Criminality Campaign and by the GAWAD PILIPINO awards for her contribution to public service in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Natatanging Pilipinang Konsehala award.
Currently, Janella is an active member of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines and the National Movement of Young Legislators of the Philippines and a member of the Local Lady Legislators League of the Philippines.
In October 2017, Janella was tasked by Mayor Guia Gomez to head the San Juan delegation in the revitalization of the Sister Cities Partnership Program with the City of Santa Barbara, California, USA and was among the first sister city officials to have spoken before and addressed the City Council in its regular session. This resulted to a renewed tie with the City of Santa Barbara and an even stronger bond which made the Filipino community in Santa Barbara, even prouder of their roots and heritage.
But behind the limelight of local politics, and despite her background as a daughter of a former senator and the granddaughter of former President-now Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and former Senator Ma. Luisa P. Ejercito, Janella remains to be humble, down to earth, God-fearing, simple and a law-abiding San Juaneño. Despite her status in San Juan, she never neglects her personal duties at home as a responsible “ate” to her siblings Joseph Luis Manuel, Julian Emilio and Julienne Precious Marie, as a caring granddaughter and as an ever-dependable daughter to her parents – Senator Jinggoy and Maam Precy.
This young politician, public servant, well-known public figure in San Juan, an entrepreneur and a good friend to many, never fails to warm the heart of those she comes across with and even astound her critics with her courage, simplicity, sincerity and genuineness.
Janella Ejercito Estrada’s sense of dedication to honest, efficient and meaningful public service are just among the few, out of her many other equally-admirable qualities, not only as an elected official but more so as a person, which the people of San Juan appreciates from their young and kind-hearted Vice Mayor.