| James Kon |
THE Filipino Association in Brunei Darussalam (FAB) has new office bearers to lead the association to greater heights, following the official induction ceremony at the Rizqun International Hotel last Sunday.
Maria Luisa Ramos-Wong has been elected as the new President of FAB, while Clifford D Baluarte is the Vice President.
The post of Secretary went to Ma Diana Obar-Liew, while the treasurer of the association is Mina M Balios. Former president Rodolfo P Adducul has been elected as Auditor. Other positions include Paul B Balios (Director of Sports), Joseph John Sacris (Director of Membership), William Manalo (Director of Information) and Manoloti Abat (Director of Welfare).
For the Seria/Kuala Belait District, the Chairman is Renato Tejero, while Vice Chairman is Hanorio De Guzman Jr and Juliet Tumitit Padi is Auditor.
For the Tutong District, the Chairperson is Melita Bal-ot, Vice Chairman is Zenaida Cumahig and Auditor is Liza Sibolinao.
In the Temburong District, the Chairperson is Rita Datugan and Treasurer is Mary Ann Familleze.
The swearing-in ceremony for office bearers was witnessed by Vice Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Philippines in Brunei Darussalam Jaybee B Arguillas.
Maria Luisa Ramos-Wong in her speech highlighted, “The Filipino Association in Brunei Darussalam has been around for almost four decades and is known to be the pioneering organisation of Filipinos in Brunei – founded in 1982, even before the formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam which was established in 1984. That explains why those who served in its high offices before me were among the most esteemed civic Filipino leaders in Brunei up until today.”
The FAB, she highlighted, “true to its vision and avowed commitment, can be an effective vehicle of change. The FAB can be instrumental to answer to the plights and problems of its constituents. In the FAB, we believe that we have a moral obligation to help change society and make essential contributions to uplifting the lives of the unfortunate ones, it behoves us to pursue parallel efforts of the government that can bring such goals into fruition.
“I am sure there are far too many worthy endeavours that we can pursue and in so doing reach as many distressed OFWs as our resources allow. But all these require that we get our act together and ensure that the commitment of every member remains intact.
“That is a challenge that we as FAB members face on a daily basis and it will be so for as long as we aim at higher and greater achievements in the years to come,” she said.
“Even then and during the founding of the FAB, we have adopted the motto ‘Unity and Harmony in the Service of the Filipino Community’ and a logo showing FAB’s nationalism, linked together to serve Filipinos here and back in the country, our beloved Philippines.
“My leadership thrust is to strengthen and achieve this FAB motto, and may it enshrine to our hearts deeply,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, former president Rodolfo P Adducul said, “I have fulfilled my duties to the Filipino community to the best of my ability. I am thankful for the privilege, I enjoyed every moment of my term. In the journey, I had laughter, fun, things that upset me…. but all these are fond memories. I have learnt a lot and I have no regrets.”