OFCI Antique Subchapter, known as OFCI Antique, is one of the provincial organized groups, under the OFCI Philippine Chapter. Its mother organization, the Overseas Filipino Council International, Inc., based in Washington State, USA. is registered as a non-for-profit organization, eligible to receive tax-exempt charitable contributions. Its 501(C)3 Certificate, regularly renewed to keep it up-to-date, is as follows:
Commencing in January 2006, as a mailing list, named Overseas Filipino Council (OFC), making use of the Yahoo Groups, it emerged into the Overseas Filipino Council International, Inc. (OFCI) in the early 2007. The Philippine Chapter though got only officially organized in 2011 and consequently registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an NGO. Its Certificate of Incorporation is shown below:
As a member of the electronic group, based in Kuwait, I have availed of funding through members’ donations in 2006 – for the open-heart surgery of my grandson from a first cousin – and in August 2007- for the publication of my book, “Overseas Filipino Workers”. It was in mid-2007 that I left all the rest of the electronic groups, including the many I created, myself, and just concentrated in the OFCI egroup. It was my way of showing my appreciation and gratitude to the group members who were more than willing to partake of their personal resources in response to my call for help. When I started a feeding program in my birthplace of Mapatag, Hamtic, Antique, Philippines in March 2007, I acted, unknowingly, according to the mission statement of OFCI, to wit: “We believe philanthropy must focus on projects designed to build on the talents and expertise of the local citizens; and to exploit motivations they have, to improve their economic and social well being.” Other projects, all for the purpose of helping the poor and the needy, slowly emerged one after the other, but as a personal endeavor. When a bigger project, of building a native restaurant using “Anita’s Kitchen” was accomplished in April 26, 2014, I felt the need to organize an OFCI Subchapter for the Province of Antique, so by May 24, 2014, OFCI Antique was born!