Community leader Rebecca “Becky” M. Tungol is the new chairperson of the Philippine-American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).
Tungol, the other officers and nine board directors were elected during PACCM’s annual election held last January 7 in the center’s building in Southfield, it was reported by Tony Kho, chairman of the committee on election.
Tungol takes over the top PACCM post vacated by Dr. Ernestina Mac, outgoing chairperson, who was barred from seeking another term by the PACCM’s constitution and by-laws as she had already reached her term limit. Mac led the PACCM as chairperson for six consecutive years.[box type=”default” size=”medium”] Takes over chairmanship post vacated by Ernie Mac [/box]In simple rites held last January 8, Mac swore in Tungol as the new PACCM chairperson.
The other officers elected together with Tungol were Fred Porte, vice chairman; Theresa Duller, recording secretary; Flor Sitchon, corresponding secretary; Jeff Vedua, treasurer; Rowena Teodoro, assistant treasurer; Billie Go-Belen, auditor; and Willie Dechaves, public relations officer.
The five newly elected members of the board of directors are Fred Porte, Arcie Gemino, Minnie Morey, Van Ong and James Wilson. The incumbent members of the board of directors are Lito Apigo, Bernie Duller, Jeffrey Jenks, Roger Palaganas, Flor Penner, Ryan Rosario and Alford Thompson.
The new officers will serve a term of one year.
Tungol, the new chairperson, is a popular leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, holding key positions in different organizations. She is the immediate past president of the FILAMCCO Foundation which is noted for its successful fund-raising activities.
At present, Tungol is regional director of National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY), executive director of the Council Association of Pacific Americans, executive director of Paaralang Pilipino, board member-secretary of World Medical Relief, board member/ secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan; and executive director of the Philippine Tagumpay Cultural Group.
She is past president of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists of Michigan, past lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club Division 1; past president of the Michigan Circulo Pampangueno and past president of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO).
She graduated with a degree in bachelor of science in pharmacy from the Philippines Women’s University (PWU). A pharmacist certified by the Philippine Board of Pharmacy, she has a master’s degree (pending) in pharmaceutical chemistry from PWU.
She is a licensed mortgage loan officer in the state of Michigan and a licensed insurance agent in Michigan and California. At present, she is president of the Primier Mortgage Funding.