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13 November 2018 – Mr. Elmer Blanco, present Chairman of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria, the umbrella organization of several Pinoy groups in Austria revealed that a new set of officers of CFAA came out after the election held on November 12, 2018.
Under the leadership of several community leaders, CFAA has grown from strength to strength during the past years of its existence. What used to be a competition among organizations now turned into cooperation, as the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria became a venue for its member-organizations to work together in upholding the profile and promoting the welfare of Filipinos in Austria.
The Filipino community in Austria is very much grateful to Mr. Elmer Blanco for his able stewardship of the CFAA during his term.
The elected new officers of CFAA are the following:
Chairman – Igorot Austria – Ms. Hilaria Garcia, President
Vice Chairman – Bikol Society (Austria) – Ms. Marizel Rojas, President
Secretary – PANA – Mr. Angelino Asuncion, President
Asst. Secretary – PAMET – Mr. Ray Arreza, President
Treasurer – FAMA, Ms. Carmen Pacaigue, President
Asst. Treasurer – FPKP, Ms. Richel Boegner, President
Board of Auditors
Head Auditor – Babaylan Austria, Ms. Imelda Papai, President
Asst. Head Auditor – Pandan Association in Austria, Mr. Andreas Amante, President
The CFAA was formed in the year 2000 as council of organizations in the Filipino community. Its fundamental objective is to unify the different Filipino organizations here in Austria. It is composed of 12 organizations which are represented by their presidents or chairpersons in the council. Since its birth, the CFAA, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, has taken charge of significant and considerable activities of the Filipino community, such as the yearly Philippine Independence Day Celebration and other activities, like the traditional Barrio Fiesta, the Paskong Pinoy or „ Filipino Christmas“. Other activities like Philippine cultural shows and painting exhibits have been organized and supported by the CFAA . It has also conducted several symposia, providing information on topics regarding retiring here or in the Philippines, on health insurance, on acquiring properties in the Philippines, on inheritance and taxes, to name a few. Financial support has been endowed to various projects in the Philippines through its member organizations. It also actively participates in the activities of the other organizations in the other parts of Austria.
The Philippine community has always been considered one of the most integrated communities in the mainstream of Austrian society. The CFAA aims to continue its active participation in promoting the objectives of the integration office of the Republic of Austria.
— Hector Pascua, philippine-press.com
Pictures: Elmer Blanco
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