SERVING as a “Unit” under the Antique Subchapter of Overseas Filipino Council International (OFCI Antique), “Hugpong Mapatagnons OFCI” got officially organized October 9, 2016 in Barangay Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique, Philippines.
The idea came about after OFCI Antique went through an Evaluation Process by a Professional Community Organizer, Ms. Maria Fe “Peng” Resol, last June. With quite a number of projects implemented one after another within a span of a few months since the time of establishment, the need to gauge, whether or not the members are ideally benefiting, was felt.
OFCI Antique got established in Mapatag in May 24, 2014. A story announcing its birth can be read here.
As founder, having been a member of the mother organization, the OFCI, Inc., based in Washington State, U.S.A., as early as the mid-2000, I readily attached my personal projects to the group, like the non-interest loaning program, scholarship, feeding through Anita’s Kitchen, environmental concerns, assistance to health-challenged individuals, livestock, fishing and many more. These projects have regularly been showcased via the OFCI Antique Facebook Group which I created on the same day the group got organized. I have also used this blog to highlight quite a number of activities and projects of the association.
Echoing my concern over some members’ waning of interest mid-way through its second year of existence, some members of the Executive Board (EB) of OFCI Antique, honestly offered their observation and it eventually pointed to my obvious “monopoly” of the organization. Despite my physical absence, I have used the modern info tech to introduce the many projects and was merely giving instructions to the officers on a regular basis. The members didn’t have any say on any of the projects so there was no feeling of “ownership” by them. And this was clearly revealed by the Evaluation Report of Ms. Resol.
Main recommendation by the Evaluation was to allow the members to be the main decision makers and players of the projects or programs that they will embark on. The members, themselves, should formulate ways and means to have OFCI’s mission and vision actualized and will now cease to be under the mercy of the founder.
The new group underwent quite a process, patiently supervised, on the ground, by one OFCI Antique EB Member Joefel Resol, and is now considered to be the very first unit under the OFCI Antique Subchapter. More units are expected to get organized and this will most likely be after the “Hugpong Mapatagnons OFCI” is done with its registration at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). As soon as it becomes legit, it can avail of the assistance of the government and will no longer be dependent on the founder’s financial help.
The officers are as follows: Sherry Francin S. Naig, President; Edelmira M. Onifa, Vice President; Maereeynell O. Mabaquiao, Secretary; Evelyn A. Onifa, Treasurer; and Rona S. Loresto, Auditor.
Meanwhile, OFCI Antique Subchapter will act as the lead and supervising organization, for the whole Province of Antique, of the other units which will later be established. One of the main concerns emphasized by Mr. Resol is for the local officers to become eventual leaders capable of organizing future units.