Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin of the Philippine Consulate in Agana, Guam is happy that a long-dormant association for Filipinos on Tinian has been rebooted and congratulated the newly inducted officer of the United Filipinos Association or UniFil.
“I am deeply pleased to note that this organization, which was initially formed in 2006 with the aim of establishing closer ties among Filipinos in the island of Tinian, is once again flourishing with various activities that are directed to help not only the Filipino community on the island but also the entire island community as well,” he said in his message read in absentia during the group’s induction ceremony at Kammer Beach last Sunday.
Unifil is now led by Rodney S. Cabarles, nursing supervisor at the Tinian Health Center and a long-term resident of the island.
“It is indeed my hope that, under this new leadership, this organization will continue to strengthen itself toward more productive endeavors for the benefit of its members and the local residents of Tinian,” added Mangibin.
The consul general also assured Filipinos on Tinian that, although the Philippine Consulate General in Guam is two plane rides away, he and his hardworking staff are implementing ways that will effectively address their needs despite the physical limitations.
To this end, the consulate will be doing mobile outreach services from Aug. 3 to 5 at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino’s Tinian Hall.
“As we also prepare to conduct our first mobile consular outreach in Tinian, it is my hope that the UniFil will continue to work with us in order to provide much needed consular services to our kababayans [countrymen],” said Mangibin.
Aside from Cabarles also sworn in to two-year terms were vice president Mary Susan M. Cruz, secretary Lizabeth B. Hofschneider, treasurer Teresita O. Sanchez, auditor Vicente C. Requiron Jr., business manager Vina M. Hofschneider, and public relations officers Vivian V. Hofschneider and Sydney Clifford S. Biton.
The organizations board of directors is also headed by Cabarles, who will serve as chairman, with members Joselito C. Lenteja, Benedicta L. Borja, Manuel D. Sencio, Rodelio D. Valiente, Renato V. Esteban, and Eddie Cannaoay.
Its board of advisers, meanwhile, is made up of Flaviano D. Guerrero, Corazon T. Cepeda, and Apollo M. Madriaga, who is the current PIO of the United Filipino Organization on Saipan and its many-time president.
The Philippine Consulate General on Saipan closed in October 2012 and jurisdiction over the CNMI’s Filipino community now falls on the consulate general in Agana.