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Constitution of the

Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

PREAMBLE

We the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente , imploring the aid of Almighty God,
through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, affirming the distinct heritage and tradition of our
revered nationalist Church, binds together to establish a strong and united Youth of the Iglesia
Filipina Independiente and fellowship that will foster unity among us, nurturing us all to be
active participants in promoting, advancing and upholding the teachings and mission of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente and to commit ourselves in service to the people of God
particularly, those who are downtrodden, the poor, deprive and oppressand to prepare ourselves
for a more meaningful and relevant service to our church and society, do hereby, promulgate and
abide this constitution.

ARTICLE I
Name, Location of Office and the Official Seal of the Organization

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente with an acronym; YIFI.

Section 2. It shall have its main office at the Youth Center, IFI National Cathedral,
1500 Taft Ave. , Ermita, Manila.

Section 3. The official Seal of the Organization is made of the following symbols and
meaning :

3.1. YOUTH - Recognize as the strong foundation of the organization, it


shall strengthen its solidarity, camaraderie and actively promote its total
development to serve God and society.

3.2. Pro Deo et Patria - To acknowledge that God as our Divine Providence
and we live to be faithful in promoting the Church heritage and serve our
country for the glory of his Name.

3.3. Iglesia Filipina Independiente - To bear in mind and spirit the


historical ministry of our Church in the mission and service of being
servants of our God and our country as well.

3.4. Vine - Youth should uphold and unite in the mission of Jesus
Christ , carry out his cross and follow his footsteps to be one of his people.
Holy Bible as the strong shield and arm of youth to protect and sdefend
their faith.

3.5. Bamboo Cross - A symbol of great love to our Savior.

3.6. Knotted rope - Individual members have their own duties and
obligations to protect and develop this organization. Their participation
and unity symbolize strength , hopes and power of the Church.

3.7. Color Red - It symbolizes the blood of Christ for our Salvation, and the
color of bravery as what The servants, martyrs, followers and heroes offer
their lives to follow Jesus footsteps.

3.8. Color Blue - Symbolized the honesty, integrity and dignity as a part and
member of these Nationalist Church.

3.9. Philippine Map - Represent our country in which we are born and
still need help and concern for the welfare of our mission and goals.

ARTICLE II
Declaration of Principles and Objectives

Section 1. The Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente acknowledge Jesus as


Lord and Savior, affirm and commit itself to the Lord teachings as
proclaimed and implied in the Declaration of Faith and article of Religion
of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Section 2. It shall faithfully adhere to the official policies, programs and structure of
the church and teachings of the Bible and play a vital and integral part in
the total ministry of the church.

Section 3. It will affirm the following historical and biblical role of the Youth :

1.1.1 Jeremiah 1:4-10 - the prophetic calling


1.1.2 Joel 2:28 - the visionary role
1.1.3 John 6:1-13 – the feeding of the 5000
1.1.4 I Timothy 4:12-16 – the exampler
1.1.5 Phillip 2:1-9 – self denial/selflessness
1.1.6 Luke 2:41-51 – the iconoclast

Section 4. It shall foster ecumenism to our youth & to promote the spirit of
understanding and cooperation with other youth groups as it seeks to serve
God and society.

Section 5. It shall respond and uphold the interest, rights and well being of those who
are downtrodden in spirit, poor, deprive and oppress in affirmation of the
mission of Jesus Christ ( Luke 4: 18 ff. ).

Section 6. It shall strive to strengthen the unity of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente and prepare them for church leadership and complete
service to the people of God.
ARTICLE III
Membership

Section 1. Youth from all parishes are encouraged and entitled to join the Youth of
the Iglesia Filipina Independiente
.
Section 2. Bonafide members of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente must
first acquire the following requirements.

2.1.1 Baptism (however, Youth who are not baptized in Iglesia


Filipina Independiente are entitledto join the Youth of the
Filipina Independiente, if he/she undergo YIFI orientation
and passed the prescribe requirements set in the
constitution and by-laws of the organization).

2.1.2 He/she undergoes YIFI Orientation

2.1.3 Age requirement 13 – 35 years old. (If married, it is the


discretion of the member as to which sector he/she would
prefer)

2.1.4 Registration and ID card fee of Php10.00

ARTICLE IV
Rights and Privileges

Section 1. Every bonafide members of the Youth of the Filipina Independiente shall
have the following rights and privileges :

1.1. The right to vote and to be elected


1.2. The right to know the records, documents and information
regarding the organization .
1.3. The right to participate and involve in any activities,
programs and projects of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente.
1.4. The right of having free expression provided it is not
contrary to the teachings and principle of the Youth of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Section 2. Unbaptized Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente members has the
right to vote and elected, provided they fully embrace the Declaration of
Faith and Articles of Religion, Constitution and Canons of the IFI, and
YIFI Orientation and its Constitution and By-laws,

ARTICLE V
National Youth Convention

Section 1. There shall be a triennial National Youth Convention which shall be the
highest policy and decision-making body of the organization.

Section 2. The National Youth Convention shall be composed of three (3) official
delegates from each Youth of theFilipina Independiente in diocesan level.
Section 3. An official delegate to the convention must have been duly elected in a
Diocesan Youth Convention or when the convention is not in session, a
Diocesan Youth Council Meeting, duly certified by the DYEC President
and duly endorsed by the Diocesan Bishop or in his absence, the Diocesan
Youth Chaplain

Section 4. The National Youth Convention shall be held triennially on the last of
April or first week of May- such date(s) shall be determined by the
National Youth Executive Council, and the General Secretary shall issue a
written notice and thereof be sent to each diocesan member sixty ( 60 )
days before convention are invoked.

Section 5. Special Convention may be called at any convenient time and date set by
the National Youth Executive Council or upon written request of at least
two-thirds (2/3) of the member organizations, provided, however, that
notice may be given to all members organizations ninety ( 90 ) days before
said assembly is convened.

Section 6. The order of business of the Convention may be as follows :

1.1. Call to Order


1.2. Invocation
1.3. Roll-Call
1.4. Reading and Consideration of minutes of the previous Convention:
1.5. Reports :
1.5.a National Youth Executive Council
1.5.b National Youth Treasurer
1.5.c Standing Committees
1.5.d Special Committees
1.6. Unfinished business
1.7. New business
1.8 Election of the National Youth Executive Council
1.9. Announcements
1.10 Adjournment

Section 7. A simple majority of the total number of expected delegate shall constitute
a quorum or, at least 2/3 of the total member organizations present shall
constitute the convention quorum.

Section 8. The Convention shall elect members of the National Youth Executive
Council from among the official delegates present. The Convention shall
keep journal of its proceedings instill discipline in every member
organizations or official delegates participating in the Convention and to
suspend their or his/her participation with the concurrence of 2/3 votes of
the official delegates present.

Section 9. The National Convention shall define the functions of the standing
committees which are created by the National Youth Executive Council.

Section 10. The National Convention shall receive, approve and ratify the
Constitutional Amendments.
ARTICLE VI
National Youth Executive Council

Section 1. There shall be a National Youth Executive Council to serve as the


governing and policy making body of theYouth of the Filipina
Independiente while the National Convention is not in session.

Section 2. The National Youth Executive Council is composed of (9) nine elected
members, the President, Exec. Vice President, Area Vice President –
Northern Luzon, Area Vice President – South Luzon, Area Vice President
– Visayas, Area Vice President - Mindanao, General Secretary, Gen.
Treasurer and Auditor.

Section 3. The National Youth Executive Council shall serve for a term of three (3)
years with one re-election. They will hold office until a new set of
qualified officers are elected by the convention.

Section 4. The functions of the Youth of the Filipina Independiente - National Youth
Executive Council are the following :

4.1 To formulate and design specific policies and projects for the
realization of the three year rolling Program of the Youth of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente.
4.2 To communicate, coordinate and consult with all the councils in
order to attain our mission and purpose.
4.3 The National Youth Executive Council has the authority to
appoint, designate and recall members of program committees and
other special committees.
4.4 To create special committees.
4.5 The National Youth Executive Council shall, through its General
Secretary, administer and supervise the National Secretariat.
4.6 To perform such other function as the Convention may authorize
and deemed it necessary.
4.7 To appoint Deputy Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and other
surrogate officers.

Section 5. The National Youth Executive Council shall hold regular meeting
quarterly, special meetings may be called by the President or upon request
of the majority of the members of the council.

ARTICLE VII
National Secretariat

Section 1. The National Secretariat is the working, implementing and operating arm
of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Section 2. The National Secretariat shall be composed of the General Secretary as


the over-all head, and members of the program committees created by the
National Youth Executive Council.
ARTICLE VIII
Area Youth Coordinating Committee

Section 1. There must be an Area Youth Coordinating Committee in the following


area of jurisdiction:

Northern Luzon South Luzon Visayas Mindanao


Ilocos I (Laoag) Rizal & Pampanga Cebu & Bohol Surigao del Norte
Ilocos 2 (Batac) Bataan & Bulacan Iloilo Agusans & Surigao del
Nueva Vizcaya & National Cathedral Guimaras Sur
Quirino Greater Manila Antique Misamis Oriental,
Tuguegarao Cavite Aklan & Capiz Bukidnon & Camiguin
La Union, Ilocos Sur Laguna Biliran,Leyte & Samar Libertad
& Abra Marinduque, Quezon, Negros Occidental Pagadian
Nueva Ecija Batangas & Camarines Negros Oriental & Oroquieta
Santiago City Norte Siquijor Ozamis
Eastern Pangasinan Romblon & Mindoro Masbate Davao
Western Pangasinan Palawan Koronadal
Tarlac Dinagat
Zambales

Section 2. The Area Youth Coordinating Committee is a conferential and


consultative body chaired by the Area Vice-President; it serves to facilitate
a direct linkage between the National Youth Executive Council and the
diocesanYIFI.

ARTICLE IX
Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente - Diocesan Level

Section 1. There should be Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Diocesan Level in


every Iglesia Filipina Independiente Diocese.

Section 2. The Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Diocesan Level is composed of


all parishes under their diocese.

Section 3. The Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Diocesan Level are headed by
the Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Diocesan Youth Executive
Council: President, Vice- President, General Secretary, General Treasurer
and the Auditor elected during their Diocesan Youth Convention.

ARTICLE X
Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente - Parish Level

Section 1. The Iglesia Filipina Independiente recognizes the parishes as the basic unit
and foundation of the Church. It shall strengthen its solidarity and actively
promote its total development therefore the parish YIFI is the basic unit of
our organization.

Section 2. The Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Parish Level is composed of all
Iglesia Filipina Independiente members under their parish and elect their
own Parish Youth Executive Council headed by the Parish Youth
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor during their
Parish Youth Convention.

Section 3. The Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Parish Level will serve as the
coordinator and convenor among the members of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente.

ARTICLE XI
Elections

Section 1. Elections of the National Youth Executive Council shall be made during
the National Youth Convention.

Section 2. There shall be a Nominating Committee created by the National Youth


Executive Council to set criteria and requirements for nomination of new
officers.

Section 3. There shall be a COMELEC created by the National Youth Executive


Council who will set the rules and guidelines of election.

Section 4. Election is by secret balloting, no nomination in absentia.

ARTICLE XII
Amendments
Section 1. Two-thirds thereof may amend this Constitution or any portion (2/3) votes
of any regular National Youth Convention.

ARTICLE XIII
Ratification and Effectivity

Section 1. This Constitution and By-Laws was ratified and approved by the delegates
to the National Youth Assembly held at the Parish of Our lady of Peace
and Good Voyage, La Paz, Iloilo City on the 15th of April in the year of
Our Lord, 1977.

Section 2. First Amendment during the 1980 National Youth Assembly

Section 3. Second Amendment during the 1984 National Youth Assembly

Section 4. Third Amendment during the 1993 National Youth General Assembly

Section 5. Fourth Amendment during the 1999 NYO General Assembly, held at
Tolentino Resort Gasan, Marinduque on the 6th of May 1999.

Section 6. Fifth Amendment during the 13th National Youth Convention held in
Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Parish of La Purisima Conception,
Balaoang, Paniqui Tarlac on the 3rd of May 2005

Section 7. Sixth Amendment during the 15th National Youth Convention in Banilad,
Dumaguete City on the 2nd of May 2011.
By – Laws of the
Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

CHAPTER I
The Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Section 1. The Youth of the Filipina Independiente shall be represented by the


President or in his/her absence or incapacity by the Executive Vice –
President.

Section 2. The official acts of the Youth of the Filipina Independiente shall be under
the joint signature of the President and the General Secretary.

CHAPTER II
Responsibilities of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Section 1. To offer counsel and provide opportunities for united actions on members
of common interests to all constituent members. To provide spiritual
educational and other concrete services that will help develop and respect
to the heads of our youth, and will unite them in serving both Church and
Society.

Section 2. To call conferences and forums on specific issues/subjects as the occasion


may arise.

Section 3. To publish through its National Youth Convention or National Youth


Executive Council Statements upon any situation or issue with which the
Youth of the Filipina Independiente or its constituent members may
beconfronted.

Section 4. To establish working relationship with sectors in the society and Church,
provided that such relationship does not undermine the principles and
objectives set forth in the constitution.

CHAPTER III
Application for Membership

Section 1. Application for registration shall be accepted by the Parish Youth


Executive Council and Diocesan Youth Executive Council respectively,
provided he/she comply with the requirements prescribed by the YIFI
Constitution.

Section 2. At least two (2) copies of the application for registration shall be filed to
the Committee on Membership and Organizing, duly signed by the parish
priest and their Parish Youth President and attached with the Php. 10.00
registration and ID card fee.

Section 3. Regular membership is open to any Youth of the Filipina Independiente


Diocesan organizations officially recognized as such by the diocese it
represents.
CHAPTER IV
Duties of Member – Organization

Section 1. To uphold the principles and objectives of the Youth of the Filipina
Independiente.

Section 2. To implement all actions provided by the National Convention , Special


Assembly and the National YouthExecutive Council.

Section 3. To attend the National Convention and Special Assembly, meetings, and
all other forums, seminars and conferences which may be called by the
National Youth Executive Council as needs arise.

Section 4. To submit quarterly reports to the National Youth Executive Council with
regards to the developments of their activities and situations.

Section 5. To coordinate, consult and cooperate with the National Youth Executive
Council and the National Secretariat for the implementation of the Youth
of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente’s General Program Of Action.

Section 6. To pay dues regularly as prescribed in these By- Laws.

CHAPTER V
Annual Dues
Section 1. Diocesan Annual due in the amount of Php500.00 shall be collected and
paid on or before every December of the current year

CHAPTER VI
Officers and their Duties

Section 1. The National Youth Executive Council President shall preside over all
meetings of the council and all sessions of the National Convention, sign
together with the Gen. Secretary in all official correspondence,
disbursement and represent the organization in all functions. He/ she shall
be the chairperson on the Committee of Education and Nurture.

Section 2. The Executive Vice – President shall act as the National President when
the former is absent or incapacitated. He/she shall be the chairperson on
Committee on Ecumenical Relation and International affairs.

Section 3. The Area Vice Presidents will serve as the chairperson and convenors of
their respective Area Youth Coordinating Commitee

3.1. They shall submit quarterly reports about the progress of their
works, situations and programs implemented to their areas of
jurisdiction.
3.2. They are required to attend any meeting called by the National
Youth Executive Council.

Section 4. The General Secretary shall keep all files, minutes of all proceedings of
the National Youth Convention and all records, documents and
transactions of the Executive Council. He/she shall be the chairperson on
Committee on Organization and Membership and Committee on Rules
and Discipline.

4.1. He/she shall also take charge of giving proper publicity,


advertisements, and information to all Youth of the Filipina
Independiente activities.
4.2. He/she shall head the National Secretariat and supervise all
programs, activities and projects comprising it.

Section 5. The General Treasurer shall collect and receive all dues from our regular
member dioceses as well as other payments accruable to the Youth of the
Filipina Independiente, pay out funds for all properly and approved
expenditures of the National Youth Executive Council, and Shall act as the
custodian of all properties and funds of the organization as a whole,
together with the auditor.

5.1. He/she shall make annual reports to the National Convention and
Quarterly reports to the National Youth Executive Council.
5.2. He/she shall be the chairperson on the Committee on Resource,
Income Generating Program and Management.

Section 6. The Auditor shall see to it that all disbursement made by the treasurer are
in order and have complete receipts, voucher’s and lists of expenditures
used by the whole organization.

6.1. He/she shall be the chairperson on Liturgy and cultural works.


6.2. Also act the task given by the NYEC.

CHAPTER VII
Quorum in Council / Committee Meetings

Section 1. A simple majority of council/ committee members present during the


meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 2. Members of the National Youth Executive Council meetings and other
special meetings must be informed by the General Secretary or the
National Secretariat thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

CHAPTER VIII
Resignation and Removal of Member – Organization

Section 1. A member – organization is considered resigned as soon as a letter of


resignation is properly signed by all its principal officers and endorsed by
the diocese he/she represents or received and accepted by the council.

Section 2. A member- organization may be expelled from the organization by two-


thirds (2/3) votes of the official delegates present in the National
Convention, Special assembly, Diocesan Convention and Parish
Convention for detrimental and prejudicial or contrary to the basic
principle and interest of the organization, provided that an erring member
shall have been properly notified in writing and sufficiently heard by the
Committee on Rules and Discipline for the complaints against it and to be
submitted to the Council (30) days prior to an assembly meeting.
Section 3. Any resigned or expelled member- organization ceases to enjoy the rights
and privileges accorded to regular membership. However, it may reapply
for membership provided that it complies with the admission requirements
prescribe in these by-laws.

CHAPTER IX
National Youth Executive Council

Section 1. The National Youth Executive Council shall have the following powers,
privileges and responsibilities :

1.1 To carry out and implement general policies, programs and


instructions on the National Youth Convention.
1.2 To implement the rules and regulations which shall governs its
operation in line with the programs and policies approved and
designed by the National Convention.
1.3 To review, change and modify the unified budget submitted to the
National Convention.
1.4 To supervise the operations of the budget and to impose reasonable
limit in spending if and when necessary to make decisions and take
actions regarding all matters before the National Convention
resume provided that such decisions does not exceed on the
limitations and provided by these Constitution and By-Laws.
1.5 The Council shall issue and inform the members regarding issues
and concerns affecting our sectors, Church and society.

CHAPTER X
Area Youth Coordinating Committee

Section 1. The Area Youth Coordinating Committee serves the following functions ;

1.1 To report to the council about their situation, struggles and


developments.
1.2 To implement the Youth of the Filipina Independiente 3 year
rolling program to their respective area of responsibility and
jurisdiction.
1.3 To come up with statements regarding on issues and concerns
affecting their dioceses, Church and society.

CHAPTER XI
National Secretariat

Section 1. The National Secretariat shall have the following duties and functions ;

1.1 It shall run the day-to-day operation of the organization and its
national centre
1.2 It shall assist and coordinate to the Council about the
implementation of the 3 year rolling program from the dioceses.
1.3 It shall undertake other function and task as may be assigned by
the National Youth Executive Council.
Section 2. There shall be working committees under the National Secretariat;

2.1 Committee on Education and Nurture


2.2 Committee on Ecumenical Relation and International Affairs
2.3 Committee on Documentation, Research and Publication.
2.4 Committee on Resource, Income Generating Program and
Management
2.5 Committee on Organization and Membership
2.6 Committee on Liturgy and Cultural Works

Section 3. The function of the National Secretariat;

3.1. To organize its volunteer staff to help implement the various


program of the YIFI.
3.2. It shall ensure that the program set by the National Convention and
National Youth Executive Council must be implemented.
3.3 They must coordinate and communicate its programs to the
dioceses as it will observe the dynamics of the organization.

CHAPTER XII
Youth of the Filipina Independiente - Diocesan Level

Section 1. It must serve the following functions :

1.1 Would implement Youth of the Filipina Independiente 3 year


Rolling Program to their respective parishes under the diocese.
1.2 To collect and remit the membership fees, annual dues and other
fees that will be levied by the NYEC
1.3 To submit quarterly reports about the development, situations,
struggles, issues and concerns affecting their programs, youth,
church and society.
1.4 To coordinate and conduct a regular consultation of all YIFI parish
level in all its jurisdiction.
1.5 To attend and to submit quarterly reports to the AYCC.

CHAPTER XIII
Youth of the Filipina Independiente – Parochial Level

Section 1. It must serve the following :

1.1 To follow and implement the 3 Year Rolling Program of Youth of


the Filipina Independiente totheir Parochial youth members.
1.2 To collect and remit the membership fees, annual dues and other
fees that will be levied by their ParishYouth Executive Council.
1.3 To submit quarterly reports to the Diocesan Youth Executive
Council about the development, situations, struggles, issues and
concerns of their projects and programs, and issues affecting their
members, church and society.
CHAPTER XIV
Standing Committees

Section 1. The National Youth Executive shall create the following committees
council during or before the adjournment of the National Convention ,
thus that no duplication of same constituent (see. Constitution of Youth of
the Filipina Independiente, Article V, Sec. 10 ).
A. Comm. On Education and Nurture , composed of five (5)
responsible in all matters related in Education.
B. Comm. Ecumenical Relations and International Affairs, composed
of five (5) with jurisdiction in allEcumenical A ctivities and
Programs.
C. Comm. On Resources, Income Generating Program And
Management, composed of five (5) and responsible on Business
and Finance.
D. Comm. On Liturgy and Cultural Works , composed of five (5)
concern in Liturgy and Worship, Culture and Literary Arts.
E. Comm. On Organization and Membership composed of five (5)
and deals with the admission of Membership and Organizational
Development.
F. Comm. On Research Documentation, and Publication composed of
five (5) with jurisdiction.
G. Comm. on Rules and Discipline composed of five with jurisdiction
on privileges and discipline andconstitution and by-laws.

CHAPTER XV
General Provisions
Section 1. The ratification and approval of this constitution shall require two-thirds
votes of the total number present in the convention

CHAPTER XVI
Amendments
Section 1. These By- Laws may be amended at any regular sessions of the
convention by two thirds vote of the delegates convened, provided that
notice of the proposed amendments shall have been received by the
Committee on Rules thirty (30) days before said convention is convened.

Section 2. Any member – organization can induce amendment as defined the


provisions in Article XII, Sec. 1 of the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina
Independiente Constitution.
.

CHAPTER XVII
Ratification and Effectivity
Section 1. This Constitution and By-Laws was ratified and approved by the delegates
to the National Youth Assembly held at the Parish of Our lady of Peace
and Good Voyage, La Paz, Iloilo City on the 15th of April in the year of
Our Lord, 1977.

Section 2. First Amendment during the 1980 National Youth Assembly

Section 3. Second Amendment during the 1984 National Youth Assembly


Section 4. Third Amendment during the 1993 National Youth General Assembly

Section 5. Fourth Amendment during the 1999 NYO General Assembly, held at
Tolentino Resort Gasan, Marinduque on the 6th of May 1999

Section 6. Fifth Amendment during the 13th National Youth Convention held in
Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Parish of La Purisima Conception,
Balaoang, Paniqui Tarlac on the 3rd of May 2005

Section 7. Sixth Amendment during the 15th National Convention held in Banilad,
Dumaguete City on 2nd day of May 2011.