Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation
Other name
Joji Ilagan International Schools
MottoTruly International, Truly Global
TypePrivate Nonsectarian
Established1982 (1982)
ChairpersonJoji Ilagan Bian
PresidentAtty. Jose Edgar J. Ilagan
Vice-presidentNicole Niña I. Hao Bian-Ledesma (VP for Education Development)
Mercy Fidelis D. Ilagan (VP for Finance and Administration)
DeanJoji Rose C. Parondo-Ang (Davao City)
Randy R. Lanozo (General Santos)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
UndergraduatesApprox. 1000-1500 (across all schools)
Other students
Approx. 400-500 (preschool and elementary)
Davao del Sur
Colors    Green, Yellow and Blue (JIB-CBT/JIB-IS/IMS)
   Orange and White (ICHEF)
    Maroon, Purple and Sky Blue (CAISA)
   Yellow and Blue (SAIS)

Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc. (doing business under the name Joji Ilagan International Schools, and the acronym JIB) is a conglomerate of schools under the JIB Group of Companies, based in Davao City, Philippines. It was founded by its chairwoman, Joji Ilagan Bian, after whom the school is named.[1]

It specializes in tourism, hospitality, culinary and entrepreneurship courses.


Joji lIagan Career Centre Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1982 by businesswoman and educator Purita Arsenia "Joji" Ilagan,[2] in a four-classroom facility in Anda Street (now F. Iñigo Street), Davao City. After recently graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she thought of putting up a vocational school that would give holistic training and was capable of meeting the demand of the job market at that time.[1][3]

The school eventually moved to its current location in Governor Chavez Street, Davao City and established vocational programs such as Computer Secretarial, Dressmaking, and Hotel and Restaurant Management. As it grew it eventually offered baccalaureate and vocational courses in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism Management.

In 2009, JIB established the first culinary school in Mindanao, the Institute of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship or ICHEF.[4] It initially offered a 2-year diploma program in Culinary in partnership with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) of New South Wales Western Sydney Institute.[5] Later on, it also opened a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management, being one of the few schools in the Philippines offering the said degree program.

In 2010, JIB expanded further into General Santos as it opened the Joji Ilagan International School of Hotel and Tourism Management. It initially offered culinary programs and later HRM and tourism programs.[6]

Sister schools

The Joji Ilagan International Schools is composed of a network of exclusive schools based in Davao City and General Santos. The campuses are overseen and monitored by government departments, such Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Pursuant to TESDA compliance, the school offers ladderized education as well, a program that allows vocational students to pursue college easily, having their previous vocational course merits credited into their college curriculum.

Academic units

Undergraduate programs

Vocational programs

Basic education programs

JIB also has pre-school and elementary programs under Stockbridge American International School. Senior high school programs are also offered in JIB-CBT, ICHEF and JIB-IS.


  1. ^ a b Aidasani, Serina. "Joji Ilagan Bian, Champion Educator". Positively Filipino. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Joji Ilagan-Bian, the Australian Alumni Excellence Awardee 2019".
  3. ^ Mallo, Carlo (8 February 2012). "From vocation to profession". Entrepreneur Philippines. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Positive News Media, Mindanao's Biggest Culinary School Opens in July 2009".
  5. ^ "A Career in Culinaria".
  6. ^ "P70million Culinary School in GenSan coming up!".
  7. ^ de la Cruz, Rose (14 August 2006). "UK's Tumble Tots school now for franchising in RP". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Tumble Tots courses for preschool kids". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  9. ^ Bagaforo, Nelson (17 March 2015). "International school to open in Davao". Sun.Star Davao. Retrieved 31 January 2020.