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2015 Officers of Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations

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Seated: Emma Bracerors, Amor Ramos, Cora Paras, Dr Cen Amores, Daisy Cummings, Edna Voros; Standing, Jhun Salazar, Victor Valdez, Mick Miguel, Zeny Piosic, APCO president Ruben Amores, Richard Ford and Jimmy Lopez

Sydney-based  Alliance of Philippine Community Organisation or APCO  elected four new directors in its management board namely Mrs Daiy Cummings, who occupies the concurrent position of  senior vice president, Victor Valdez, Rose Lay and Zeny Piosic, during it last AGM on 2 March 201.

Mr Ruben Amores remains the president.

Mr  Amores, welcomed the new directors as… “fresh new blood that hopefully will not only strengthen the support and coordination of APCO towards the activities of its many organisational affiliates but also to be trained through relevant experiences to take on APCO’s many leadership roles in the near future. such variety of potential top leaders also proves that APCO has a healthy supply of bright young leaders from its very broad membership base”.

APCO and its affiliate organnisations and individual are  involved in local community cultural, religious, civic and social welfare activities in Western Sydney whilst  the Board and its executive officials such as Mr Amores  are also active in state and multicultural  networking by promoting  Filipino-Australian community interests

Meanwhile the Auburn Small Community Network or  ASCON has been recently incorporated, with recent awardee for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Medal for Lifetime Service to the Community Mr Ruben Amores  being chosen as president.

ASCON held its first meeting as incorporated body last  25 March 2015 at the Auburn Council’s exhibition gallery.

Established five years ago as an aggrupation of small, emerging and mostly non-funded community organisations based or operating in the Auburn  local government administration.

APCO PRO Mr Richard Ford said   ASCON has emerged as a model of multiculturalism coming up with such initiatives like the Regents Park  Community Hub where member organisations can have free access to office and meeting space and facilities, the Flavours of Auburn annual food festival of traditional ethnic menus food, and successful spin-offs like a Healthy Traditional Food Cookbook, Auburn Food Tours and Traditional Cooking Classes.

ASCON also serves as a forum where advocacies on various community issues and multicultural activities that fosters harmony and inclusiveness are discussed, resolved, launched, planned or organised.

Community organisations Alliance of Philippine Community Organisation Inc and the Kapitbahayan Cooperative Ltd, are pioneer affiliates of ASCON. Ruben Amoress is the founding president of the highly successful KCL and was also founding chair of the Auburn Council organised ASCON. Mr Ford said.

Recently, Mr. Ruben Amores and wife Dr Cen Amores currently ASCON public officer,  attended the Nowruz Festival of the Kateb Hazara and Human Care Welfare Associations .