FFAM Inducts New Set of Officers

23 February 2016 –The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said today that the new set of officers of the Federation of Filipino Associations in Malaysia (FFAM), the umbrella organization of Filipino organizations in the country, were sworn to their respective offices on February 21 before representatives of FFAM member-organizations at the Embassy grounds.

Their oath was administered by Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya.

The newly elected officers are as follows: Netzky Bueno of Isabelino Ako (president), Viergie Alfaro of the Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Resource Center-Council of Leaders (vice president), Christy Alfaro of Samahang Impok Bayan (secretary), Baby de Vera Wong of United Resource Speakers Group (assistant secretary), Rose Geronimo of Kuantan Filipino Club (treasurer) and Gina Tan of Business Malaysia and Philippine Societies (auditor).

Ms. Bueno earlier served as vice-president the previous year. As stated in its constitution and by-laws, the president is succeeded by the vice-president of the previous year, and the organization will elect the next vice-president.

In his inspirational message, Ambassador Malaya lauded the FFAM as a partner of the Embassy in its cultural and community activities and noted how much it has grown during the past five years.

"The FFAM has grown from strength to strength during the past five years of its existence. What used to be a competition among organizations now turned into cooperation, as the FFAM became a venue for its member-organizations to work together in upholding the profile and promoting the welfare of Filipinos in Malaysia. We look forward to the next years, where a forward-looking vision, proactive leadership and strong partnership will definitely be upheld," he said.

Ambassador Malaya also bestowed a Plaque of Commendation on outgoing FFAM president Menchie Añonuevo of Malaysia-Filipino Club for her able stewardship of the organization during the past two years, first as vice-president in 2014 and then as president last year.

During the event, certificates of membership and recognition was also given to its 32 member-organizations around Malaysia,

The FFAM is the umbrella group of Filipino organizations which was organized on February 2012, and recognized in the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs' Registry of Societies (ROS) in August 2012. The FFAM serves as the Embassy's conduit in reaching out to Filipino communities in Malaysia, and is its partner in Filipino community-sponsored events. END