YMCA officers inducted Sunday-A A +A
Friday, January 24, 2014
HUNDREDs if not thousands of professionals, community leaders and students in various high schools and colleges look to a more exciting year of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)-Davao as the reform-oriented team of officers headed by lawyer Leoncio "Nonoy" P. Villa-Abrille are sworn into office for their second term.
Villa-Abrille who has held exalted positions in Rotary International, Ambassador Club Philippines and Jaycee Senate, serving as district governor and national president, respectively, will take his oath of office during the 43rd installation ceremonies at the Grand Ballroom of Marco Polo Davao in the evening of Sunday, January 26.
Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, multi-awarded educator, who is now vice president for administration and finance of the University of Makati, will preside over the induction ceremony done in the unique YMCA tradition, wherein a total of five inducting officers will induct the officers.
Aside from being the chief inducting officer, Dr. Arcega is also the guest of honor and speaker of the event. Joining Dr. Arcega are past presidents Alvin M. Garduque, Efren J. Veneracion Sr., Jose C. Sevilla and Antonio B. Partoza Jr., as first, second, third and fourth inducting officers.
To take their oath of office aside from Villa-Abrille are Jose B. Custodio, 1st vice president; Fernando S. Ongkingco Jr., 2nd vice president; Julito N. Pepito, corporate secretary; Era Devi G. Lagaret, assistant corporate secretary; Paciencio M. Rosalem Jr., treasurer; Jose N. Valenzuela, assistant treasurer; Ricardo V. Villegas, auditor; Antonio M. Ajero, public relations officer; and Mariano R. Alquiza, Henry B. Braceros, Vicente R. Banes Jr., Antonio B. Partoza Jr., and Reynaldo B. Sazon, directors; and Robert John U. Ajing, youth director.
To be inducted, too, are new members Dennis Z. Banayat, Isagani G. Javier, Emma B. Gonzales, Julius dela Victoria, Richard T. Tandoc and Norman P. de Castro.
A special part of the event is the launching of the YMCA-Davao car raffle by past president Joe Custodio, the project chairman.
Villa-Abrille's team starts the year with a high note, considering its numerous achievements in 2013 and plan of action in 2014.
When Villa-Abrille, who is a philanthropist, assumed the presidency, he introduced several changes in four-decade old association which has its origin in the United States.
A director said that among these reforms and new projects are the introduction of a “culture of philanthropy” among officers who now pay for expenses in board meetings and other costs, help put up a scholarship program, and other changes that drastically reduced the club’s financial deficit.
Under the watch of Villa-Abrille, the club also increased life corporate membership, organized several youth clubs in high schools and colleges, aside from conducting the Search for the Most Outstanding Younger Leader of Davao City.
Through a joint health and wellness program, Villa-Abrille‘s team conducted Operation Tuli, a 14-year old tradition of the YMCA, in partnership with the San Pedro College-Community Extension Services, the government of Barangay 11-B and the Don Cesareo Villa-Abrille Foundation.
The club also acquired a one-hectare property in Tuban, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur to house the first YMCA Training center and Campsite, though a donation from the Heirs of Don Cesareo Villa-Abrille.
The club also donated roofing materials worth P40,000 for a tribal school in Asuncion, Davao del Norte in a joint rehab project with YMCA Asuncion headed no less than by Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas, the money was raised from among the YMCA Davao officers.
To be effective leaders of YMCA, the club also conducted a strategic planning for 2013-2016, including extensive orientation on resource mobilization and annual fund campaigns both for officers and youth leaders. The leadership seminars were held in Davao City, Baguio City and Cagayan de Oro City. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 25, 2014.