NEW YORK – Wasting no time to organize and prepare to meet the challenges ahead, PIDCI President Fe Martinez convened a meeting of the Board of Directors on Friday, Oct. 7, to elect the vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI). Martinez, who was earlier elected by the general membership as president, heads the committee.
Elected by unanimous vote were Art Diongon, vice president; Irra del Rosario, secretary; and Albert Diala, treasurer. A new internal auditor, currently held by Jesse Arteche, who serves as a non-voting member of the ExCom, is yet to be appointed.
Lawyer Manuel B. Quintal will continue to serve as legal adviser. His appointment was unanimously approved by the Board. He first served in the same capacity in 2005.
Diongon, an active volunteer community leader, has been on the Board for a year, and served as chairman of the General Services Committee during the 113th commemoration of the declaration of Philippine Independence. He was recently re-elected to a second two-year as president of the Philippine American Association of the Bronx (PAAB), Inc. He is also active with the Filipino American Association of Engineers (FAAE) as its assistant secretary and is an adviser to the Kasamahan ng mga Pilipino sa Westchester, ATBP (Kapwa) and serves as a member of its Board.
Diongon holds a degree in Public Safety from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and served in the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a number of offices, in CID, in Intelligence, operations, and training division.
The new secretary, Irra del Rosario, is a teacher by profession. She has been and is the president of several community organizations people by co-alumnus. One of them is the DHVTSU High School Alumni group, a North American group of alumni from the prestigious Pampanga institution of learning.
Last year, the DHVTSU groups held two big events in New York to top their year-round activities, many of which include give-back programs that benefit school children in the Philippines.
Albert Diala, the new treasurer is an active member of the New York Manila Lions Club where he is serving also as its current president. In PIDCI, Albert has served PIDCI in various capacities. Last year, he was co-chair of the management of Independence Day Parade Reviewing Stand for the second year in a row.
Diala served as chairman of the membership committee last year and was chairman of the commemorative program. An accountant by profession, he is employed by a large automobile dealership as a manager.
Quintal is a practicing lawyer with offices in downtown Manhattan. He was admitted to practice law in the Philippines in 1981 and in New York in 1989. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila and his Master of Laws from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.