Thursday, October 22, 2009

Joe Tale Elected to the LAIKO Board of Trustees

IC Statement
regarding our brother Joe Tale’s
election to the LAIKO Board of Trustees


October 20, 2009


Greetings of peace!

We are pleased to announce that Joe Tale, CFC Chairman, was elected to the 15-member LAIKO Board of Trustees during the Laiko biennial national conference held last October 16-18 in San Fernando, Pampanga. The term of the new Board is for two years, commencing on January 2010.

This is a historical first for CFC and a wonderful opportunity to be represented in the Board of Laiko (Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas), the umbrella organization for Catholic lay organizations in the Philippines. Laiko, formerly known as Council of the Laity of the Philippines, is under the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Lay Apostolate (ECLA). The incoming chairman, effective December 2009, is Bishop Jesse Mercado of the diocese of Paranaque.

Aside from being elected to the board, Joe was also designated as the PRO during the board meeting and election that followed. The new president of Laiko, and current Executive Vice-President, is Edgardo Tria Tirona of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The outgoing President is Linda Tacorda of the Teresian Association.

CFC rejoices at this welcome development and sees this as another opportunity to share its gifts in the service of the Lord and Church. This is also a good venue for strengthening the working relationship between CFC and the Bishops and Clergy, as well as with the other lay organizations. Our brother Joe’s election to the Laiko board is indicative of the respect that other Catholic organizations have for CFC.

The CFC delegation to the biennial conference consisted of IC members Joe Tale, Joey and Tess Arguelles, Lito and Linda Tayag, and Willie and Winnie Madarang, CFC leaders from the Metro Manila South B sector.

May God be praised for His goodness and for His affirmation of our role as evangelizers, witnesses and servants to all.




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