It started with a challenge from His Excellency Shin Sung-Oh, then Ambassador to Korea.
Hosting a dinner for Filipino KOICA scholars on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the KOICA, then Ambassador Shin expressed the need for an alumni association.
Twenty-two KOICA scholars gave a hearty “YES” to the challenge.
July 26, 2001
Philippine KOICA Fellows Association (PHILKOFA), Inc PHILKOFA was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission with registration number A-2001-10705.
April 27, 2002
The First General Assembly was held at the Barrio Fiesta.
Elected President was Emmanuel Sevilla
The regional coordination mechanism was established in Region I. Jocelyn Balanon was elected regional coordinator.
The regional coordination mechanism was established in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). Leon Dacanay was elected regional coordinator.
December 14, 2002
Philkofa News, the official publication of the association was first published with ISSN 1656-3492.
May 3, 2003
The 2nd General Assembly was held at the Dusit Hotel, Makati City.
A total of 132 active members were registered.
Emmanuel Sevilla was re elected President.
The official website of the organization – www.philkofa.org was launched.
The regional coordinative mechanism in Region 3 was established. Edna Dizon was elected regional coordinator.
The regional coordinative mechanism in Region XI was established. Marizon Loreto was elected regional coordinator.
April 24, 2004
The 3rd General Assembly was held at the Westin Philippine Plaza, Manila.
The Constitution and By-Laws was amended, approving the immediate past president to sit as Ex-Officio in the Board.
Romulo Conde was elected President.
August 28, 2004
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented a Plaque of Recognition to founding President Emmanuel C. Sevilla.
The award by presented by His Excellency Yu Myung-Hwan, then Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines at the Embassy of Korea.
November 13, 2004
The regional coordinative mechanism was established in Region V. Remedios Manzanilla was elected regional coordinator
April 30, 2005
The 4th General Membership Meeting held at the Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Elected President was Ray Anthony Sator.
August 13, 2005
The regional coordinative mechanism was established in Region XI. Ramon Ramiro II of the Balay Mindanao Foundation was elected regional coordinator.
September 30, 2005
The regional coordinative mechanism was established in Region VI. Dr. Rosana Grace B. Belo of the West Visayas State University was elected regional coordinator.
December 1, 2005
Judy Vermudo assumed the presidency upon the resignation of Ray Anthony Sator.
June 3, 2006
The 5th General Membership Meeting was held at the NAPOLCOM, Makati City.
Certain provisions in the constitution were amended: (1) the change of fiscal year from June – May to January – December, and (2) 4 Vice Presidents in the Board of Trustees _ VP for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR.
Director Bernardo Calibo of NAPOLCOM was elected President.