The Iloilo Coalition of NGOs and POs (ICON) has recently elected new set officers to lead the network for two years. Led by Rev. Edwin I. Lariza, as president, the other officers corresponding respective organizations are as follows: Bro. Edwin D. Araña, 1st Vice President, Creative Community Foundation; Mr. Ted Aldwin Ong, Vice President for NGOs, Freedom from Debt Coalition-Iloilo; Ms. Georie Pitong, Vice President for POs, Magsasaka at Siyentipiko sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG); Mr. Eleazar R. Blando, General Secretary, Young Men Christian Association of Iloilo; Prof. Kareen Jay D. Lozada, Secretary, National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. Western Visayas; Mrs. Febie S. Ibojos, Treasurer, Signpost International, Inc.; Mr. Sandy Mecuando III, Auditor, Alliance of Social Workers, Welfare and Development advocates for Integrated service and Nationalism (ASIN); Prof. Ruben Gamala, Public Relations Officer, VOICE- Visayas.
The following are the members of the Board of Directors: Miss Sunshine Grace Arquintillo, Volunteers for Integrated Public Service; Engr. Levi De Los Santos,Jr., University Outreach Center, Central Philippine University; Pastor Renato Fetalsana, Convention Baptist Ministers Association; Mr. Freddie Salvania, CPU Katin-aran Communities,,Inc;, Miss Stazy T. Vencer, Junior Social Workers Association; and Dr. Johnny Villanueva, Association of NSTP Coordinators-Western Visayas.
The induction of officers has been set on March 19 during the monthly forum sponsored by ICON and the Department of Social Work, Central Philippine University. The date falls on the celebration of the World Social Work Day under the banner of the Global Agenda’s theme “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities.” Rev. Lariza, ICON president, is the chairman of the Department of Social Work.