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New set of officers of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria (CFAA) were inducted into office. In a gathering, the new officers of CFAA were sworn in at the Philippine Embassy Hall, Ares Tower, 1220 Vienna.
The Council is headed by Ms. Hilaria Garcia, President of the Igorot Austria.
The Chairman thanked the member organizations of CFAA for the confidence accorded to her.
The inducted 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
Philippine Ambassador to Austria, Hon. Maria Cleofe Nativitidad presided over the swearing in of the officers. She expressed hope that the Council will continue to support the programs of the Embassy and the Philippine government for Filipinos in Austria.
The Ambassador likewise recognized CFAA’s distinguished service to the Filipino community in Austria.
Outgoing Chairman of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria, Mr. Elmer Blanco also called for unity with all the organizations and its members and said that everyone can be good leaders, especially if they have become good followers.
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.
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. The vision of the CFAA is a unified, progressive and peaceful Filipino community in Austria.
Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News, Austria
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