Filipino-American groups

The Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) gave fund grants to five Filipino-American groups during simple rites held on Dec. 30, 2017 at 168 KTV in Madison Heights.

This was the second time in three years that FILAMCCO, the umbrella organization of some 40 Filipino-American groups in Michigan, distributed fund grants to its member-associations.

Ryan Rosario, immediate past president of FILAMCCO, said that the grants will be used by the five recipient organizations to fund certain projects. The five groups submitted their project proposals when they applied for the fund support.

These groups are the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM), Bikolandia Association of Michigan (BAM), Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan (PNAM), US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) and the Kapulongan ng mga Katolikong Pilipino sa Michigan (KKPM).

PACCM President Becky Tungol, who received the check during the simple rites, said the fund grant will be used by PACCM to purchase educational equipment for the Paaralang Pilipino. With the amount, “Paaralang Pilipino is going high-tech,” she said.

BAM President Bing Reginaldo said the fund grant will be used by her group to bankroll a breast-cancer awareness campaign that it will conduct in Masbate this year.

Trine Alair, who represented PNAM President Maria Wolfinbarger, said the grant will also fund a breast-cancer awareness drive that PNAM will conduct in San Jose, Nueva Ecija next month.

Brenda Sanagustin, who represented USP4GG President Willie Dechavez, said the amount will be used for a youth-development project. It was earlier reported that USP4GG is creating a youth group under its wings.

Oscar Dechavez, who represented KKPM President Flor Sitchon, said the grant will fund an education program for youths in Sorsogon.

Rosario said that FILAMCCO donated over $40,000 to various Filipino-American groups in the last four years.

The awarding of fund grants to FILAMCCO member-organizations was initiated by former FILAMCCO president Imelda Martin-Hum.

At the end of Hum’s term, she handed over funds to five organizations as assistance for their projects. The organizations received $1000 grant each from Hum during the Rizal Day celebration in 2015.

The five organizations are Far East and American Nurses Association (FANA); Ang Bisaya of Michigan (ABM); Bikolandia Association of Michigan (BAM); Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan (PNAM); and Ilocano Association of Michigan (IAM).

Hum said the fund grants could serve as incentive for the member-organizations to actively participate in FILAMCCO affairs and activities. The grants could also attract more groups to become members of FILAMCCO.

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