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Administration seeks to strengthen partnership with Filipino community

THE Torres-Palacios administration will continue to work with the Filipino community to enhance the quality of life in the CNMI, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios said in his remarks during the induction ceremony for the United Filipino Organization’s new officers on Sunday at Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Palacios noted that UFO was among the many community groups that played a critical role in the typhoon recovery effort.

He said UFO and its affiliate organizations have been at the forefront of volunteerism, dedicating time and effort to clean the island, supporting community events and working with the government.

“We are stronger when we work together,” he added. “There are lot of things going on in our community, and oftentimes there have been uncertainties. We understand all the sacrifices many of you have had to go through, and we thank you for your service. It is truly acknowledged and appreciated.”

UFO’s new president Gerry D. de Guzman said the group will continue serving the local community.

The other officers were sworn in by Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago.

Marcelo V. Masilungan is UFO’s new vice president; Birhen K. Martinez, secretary; Fernando “Bok” Enano, secretary; Ladyvir DLC Canape, treasurer; Florenda A. Miranda, assistant treasurer; Yolanda R. Villavicencio auditor; and Carlito J. Marquez, public relations officer.

The members of the board of directors are Marlon Regaton, Flor Miranda, Geoffrey Melchor, Nelida Atalig, Bong Malasarte, Maria Annamae Adaza, Hermie Coronejo, Ladyvir Canape, Birhen Martinez, Raul Abordonado, Angelita Mamaril, Joselito Espino, Zaldy Quebral, Alex Nario and Tyrone Garon.

Philippines Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago, left, inducts the new officers of the United Filipino Organization.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoPhilippines Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago, left, inducts the new officers of the United Filipino Organization. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

In his remarks, Arago said leaders should treat everybody fairly and should always seek the best interest of the community.

“There are always three sides in any controversy: yours, mine and the right one. You cannot please everybody but as long as you do the right thing, that’s okay,” he added.

In his message, former UFO president and now board chair Marlon Regaton said they will try to recruit new members, strengthen the affiliate organizations and update the organization’s policies and bylaws.

Outgoing board chairman Larry Manacop said UFO continues to uphold its goal of building a strong community through volunteerism.

UFO vice president Marcelo Masilungan, for his part, expressed appreciation to the outgoing UFO officers and the other newly inducted officers.

The program started at 6:30 p.m. with Chalan Kanoa Bishop Ryan Jimenez delivering the invocation.

UFO’s affiliate groups include Alternatibong Kagalingan na Angkop sa Pamayanang Pinoy or AKAP Pinoy, Bayani Association, Marianas Association of Filipino Engineers & Architects, Marianas DX Radio Group, Marianas Institute of Filipino CPAs & Accountants, Northern Marianas Bartenders Association, Saipan Building & Fixing Computer Users Group, Santo Niño Group, and Tau Gamma Phi/Triskelion.

UFO board member Annamae Adaza was the mistress of ceremonies.

About 140 UFO members and guests, including Press Secretary Kevin Bautista, attended the event.