By Violi Calvert
At the recent election of office bearers of the Philippine Community Council of NSW, Kate Roc Andres was elected as President for the third time. In 1994, she was elected as President wherein she stayed for four years and again in 2003 when her tenure was for two years.
In her address to a well attended induction event on April 4 at Bulwagang Rizal, Philippine Consulate office, Kate commented: “I consider my third return to the group to be my biggest challenge. I am no superwoman. I have no silver bullet to solve the problem. I get emotional when I talk about our community; but I believe if we work in the spirit of harmony and cooperation that mainstream Australia would recognise the Filipino community not anymore a small group but a community that has emerged. In fact, we are Australia’s 8th largest migrant group and 4th Asian-Australian group, coming behind the Chinese (number one), Indian (number two) and Vietnamese (number three). We come number four in this migrant group…. .. For us to be recognised as a strong group, we need to speak as one, stand as one… so that when we have an event, politicians from the national, state and local government levels will attend the one event.”
Kate also said: “I am sorry for the ‘faults of the past’ which alienated some ‘key players’. To my colleagues in the PCC, I ask you to recapture the spirit of harmony and cooperation. Reach out and harness collaboration for a more cohesive and progressive Filipino community. Rebuild the PCC agenda and focus on our objectives – that of advocacy, that of information, cooperation and serving as catalysts in the community. I thank the Board for taking the challenge and help to implement our objectives. It is a big job, but I ask you to have more patience and understanding. I ask for a sense of rationality and trust…..”
Lolita Farmer OAM, former PCC NSW President presented the officers and the directors for their swearing in.
Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis inducted the officers and directors before several officers of member affiliates, representatives of other community organisations and members of the Filipino-Australian media.
The officers and directors are: President – Kate Roc Andres, Vice President External – Alric Bulseco, Vice President Internal – Lillian de los Reyes, Secretary – Darrell Swadling, Treasurer – Joy Robinson, PRO – Penny Perfecto, and Internal Auditor – Ethel Singzon
Directors: Sarah-Anne Johnstone, Mercy Jones, Albert Prias, Nerissa Revesz, Demi Robinson, Emily Rudd, Rowena Turnbull, Immediate Past President – Evelyn Beed, and Public Officer – Serna Ladia.
Consul Anne Jalando-on Louis showed her natural sense of humour and drew laughter by starting her talk by: “Now it is my turn to talk and you have no option but to listen because you are in our venue.”
She proceeded on to say: “Good evening to you all. I know that this event was organised by PCC NSW but it is seen that you left the comforts of your home or came from work to spend time with us. I would like to congratulate Evelyn Beed and her 2015 team. There were various times that we collaborated with you and have referred to you calls for assistance to which you have responded. Thank you very much. I hope you will continue under with the new team under the leadership of Kate Andres. Congratulations to the new team and I have especially note that there are new faces in the new executive and set of directors, and this is a positive turn of events. As we know there has be to be new or young blood for the organisations to prosper and grow because ideas should not be stagnant but flourish. We need more and new input; more hands create big things….
“In the last five years I have observed and proudly noted that many Filipinos, some quietly, have been achieving much in their particular work, other endeavours and community services. I have commented in the past that somehow these achievements have not been translated to the rate, height and degree of achievements as collectively as a community. Otherwise we would have done more, achieved more. So this is a challenge for the new set of officers… I also would like to welcome the new young leaders introduced by Kate earlier. I don’t think we have had the chance to meet before and especially if this the first time you visited the Consulate or joined a community event. You are warmly welcomed and I hope that you will stay in whether Consul Marford Angeles and me would still be around, or with different people. The community is them, it is you. …
“I always go back to the spirit of bayanihan, the transfer of the house from one point to another. We all have to lift the load on our shoulders, heave, push and transfer and move it to the next point. Otherwise, if one is not willing to, then we would all be held back….”
Earlier in the program Lillian de los Reyes led the fervent singing of the national anthem, while Marissa Dionson Bala, President of Banag-Banag, did the Invocation. The other speakers during the event included Evelyn Beed, outgoing President, who expressed her thanks to the officers and directors in her tenure for their contribution in ensuring success of projects they undertook. Alric Bulseco gave the closing remarks. Rod Dingle was the Master of Ceremonies.
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