The new set of Philippine KOICA Fellows Association (Philkofa) Board of Trustees (BOT) – who were nominated during the General Membership Meeting held at the Discovery Suites Ortigas Center, Pasig City on the 25th of November 2017 – held its election of officers at the KOICA Office in Makati City on the 19th of January 2018. To serve a two-year term of office (2018-2019), the new set of officers also took their oath of office with KOICA Deputy Country Director Ms. Paik Seunghwa who administered the ceremony.
Elected as PHILKOFA Officers were:
Ms. Gina P. Borinaga – President
Mr. Rosalio S. Ferrer, Jr. – Vice-President for NCR and Chairperson, Committee on Finance and Awards
Mr. Genaro M. Tolentino – Vice-President for Luzon
Mr. Michael B. Nuῇez – Vice-President for Visayas
Ms. Marizon S. Loreto – Vice-President for Mindanao
Ms. Emily R. Rivera – Secretary
Ms. Asuncion R. Santos – Treasurer
Dr. Rene P. Bagamasbad – Auditor and Chairperson, Committee on Social Services
Mr. Resly George Q. Amador – Public Relations Officer
Ms. Emelia A. Lasquites – Chairperson, Committee on Education and Training and Chairperson, Committee on Special Concerns
Mr. Jose A. Benavidez – Chairperson, Committee on Sports and Cultural Affairs
Ms. Judy A. Vermudo – Past President and Ex-Officio Member
On the said occasion, Ms. Paik Seunghwa, Deputy Country Director of KOICA, congratulated PHILKOFA for their significant accomplishments over the years and for their officers commitment in serving the organization.
She also encouraged the new members of the Board to help the organization grow in terms of membership and projects implemented. Furthermore, she encouraged them to increase their partnership with institutional groups, and to undertake valuable programs and projects that will benefit more communities while enhancing relationship among KOICA fellows.
Ms. Judy Vermudo, immediate Past President also briefed the new officers on the roles and responsibilities of Philkofa officers.
A courtesy visit to the President of the Korea Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Mr. Ho Ik Lee, followed where pleasantries were exchanged along with discussions regarding the possible collaboration on projects to be implemented. Furthermore, Mr. Lee informed the BOT that KCCP would like to undertake a joint project in Marawi City, with PHILKOFA as their partner. Fellowship dinner ensued with previous officers of PHILKOFA, held at the Nipa Hut, Ortigas, Pasig City.