09/11/2013, QATAR: More than 100 Filipino groups recognised by the Philippine embassy in Doha are expected to hold an election of officers of a newly-formed umbrella organisation on September 13 (Friday).
In a circular e-mailed to Gulf Times recently, the embassy disclosed that United Filipino Organisations in Qatar (UFOQ) will organise and spearhead major activities for the Filipino community. It will plan and execute programmes for the welfare of expatriates, including the annual Philippine Independence Day celebration. It will also represent the Filipino community at various official gatherings and events in the country.
Vice-consul Melvin Almonguera told Gulf Times that chairman, secretary and treasurer made up the three elective positions for UFOQ. The election will start at 2pm at the new chancery in the Jelaiah area.
He added that representatives who will attend the elections are the only persons eligible to be nominated and elected. Embassy officials will serve as the Commission on Elections.
Leaders of various professional organisations (such as accountant, architect, and engineer groups) are expected to vie for the three positions.
Those who have announced their candidature include Jhin Tabuzo from the United Architects of the Philippines and Delfin Montenegro from the Samahang Batangueno Qatar (SBQ). Lyndon Magsino from the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants was also mentioned by some expatriates.
The organisations that will participate on Friday include the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Minsubasta, Philippine Association of Safety Engineers, United Pinoy Motor and Motorcycle Group, and Foundation for Family and Life Qatar Migrant Workers. Dozens of sports, medical and artists’ groups as well as fraternities have confirmed their attendance.
It is learnt that some aspirants have started seeking the endorsement of other organisations while some groups have openly announced their choice by using Facebook since last week.
In the same circular, the embassy reminded participants that an organisation may be represented by its president or chairman or any designated representative with a written authority signed by their top officials.
In the meeting, the chairman of the Philippine Independence Day Organising Committtee 2013 will also present his financial report regarding the event held on June 14. Almonguera had earlier said that there is also a need to streamline the accredited groups. This, he stressed, will make information dissemination easier and faster.
The vice-consul has expressed optimism that the move will allow them, as well as community leaders, to monitor and get updates from each group. – GULF TIMES