PCC-O vote unites members

Community News & Features May 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Philippine Press Club – Ontario elects new officers

From left, front: Rose Tijam (VP), Riza Khamal (secretary), Joy Sarmiento (director), Rosemer Enverga (Comelec); back: Hermie Garcia (director), Mogi Mogado (treasurer), Paul de la Cruz (president), Jess Cabrias (director).

From left, front: Rose Tijam (VP), Riza Khamal (secretary), Joy Sarmiento (director), Rosemer Enverga (Comelec); back: Hermie Garcia (director), Mogi Mogado (treasurer), Paul de la Cruz (president), Jess Cabrias (director).

Democracy, transparency and unity were upheld by the officers and members of the Philippine Press Club – Ontario (PPCO) as they elected the new officers of the organization on Saturday (May 15, 2010).
Fifty one out of the 59 members of PPCO showed up at Quiapo, Quiapo Restaurant to attend the members’ meeting and participate in the scheduled elections.

Rosemer Enverga, of Philippine Independence Day Council, was appointed chair of the Committee on Elections along with Quiapo, Quiapo Restaurant owner Bobby Asuncion and Ted Dayno of the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants. As an observer, a Filipino journalist from Vancouver was invited.

Due to rumors circulating among the members of PPCO prior to the election day, tension has built up within the organization but this was loosened up by the cooperation of the former officials and the major players among the members.

Thus, the new set of officers were elected by the members of PPCO, and this is composed of Paul dela Cruz, founding PPCO president and has served for two terms before, was elected as president; Rose Tijam, vice president; Harija Riza Khamal, secretary; Mogi Mogado, treasurer; and Joy Sarmiento, Jess Cabrias and Hermie Garcia, board of directors.

Outgoing president Tenny Soriano, left, brings together presidential hopefuls Paul de la Cruz, Tony Sicat and Ricky Caluen. De la Cruz won the position.

Outgoing president Tenny Soriano, left, brings together presidential hopefuls Paul de la Cruz, Tony Sicat and Ricky Caluen. De la Cruz won the position.

The new president, with his team, who won six of the seven positions, adopted the following 7-Point Policy Platform: An environment in the organization that is inclusive, conciliatory and with a strong sense of camaraderie; lead under the guidance of the Constitution and act to update and improve it; adopt policies and make decisions in a democratic manner and in consultation with those with similar and different views; be accountable to the general membership through reports, a policy of transparency and being open to criticism; help members access journalism – and media-related jobs and professions; raise the professional standard of journalism among members and in the community; and be guided by a commitment to press freedom and editorial and organizational independence.

– HR Khamal

Philippine Press Club - Ontario (PPCO) held its election of officers May 15, 2010 at Quiapo Quiapo restaurant in Scarboro. About 50 attended and voted. The new set of officers immediately took their oath of office. After lunch prepared at Quiapo, the members regrouped for a souvenir photo of the momentous occasion. The new set of leaders came from both old and new members with various journalistic backgrounds. New President Paul de la Cruz pledged to carry out the 7-Point Policy Platform adopted by his team which won most of the positions. PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS

Philippine Press Club - Ontario (PPCO) held its election of officers May 15, 2010 at Quiapo Quiapo restaurant in Scarboro. About 50 attended and voted. The new set of officers immediately took their oath of office. After lunch prepared at Quiapo, the members regrouped for a souvenir photo of the momentous occasion. The new set of leaders came from both old and new members with various journalistic backgrounds. New President Paul de la Cruz pledged to carry out the 7-Point Policy Platform adopted by his team which won most of the positions. PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS