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29th General Assembly: Building Stronger Communities Through Sustainable Social Enterprises

On May 17, 2018, FSSI gathered its members and network partners for the Foundation’s 29th General Assembly themed as, “Building Stronger Communities through Sustainable Social Enterprises.”

The morning session was filled with insightful discussion as Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II of the Strategy, Economics and Results Group of the Department of Finance shared about the economic situation, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and other reforms that pose opportunities and challenges for social enterprises.

During the afternoon session, FSSI Board Chairperson Oyen Dorotan, Treasurer Larry Millan and the Chairpersons of the FSSI committees gave updates and reports on the Foundation’s accomplishments for 2017. FSSI subsidiaries Pilipinas Ecofiber Corporation (PEC) and Cocobind, Inc. also reported on their performance in the past year. This was followed by the election of new members of the board of trustees and of the Good Governance Committee (GGC).

Former FSSI Executive Director (ED) Jay Bertram Lacsamana was recognized for his service and new ED Sixto Donato C. Macasaet was welcomed by the FSSI members. Finally, the Assembly expressed its gratitude to outgoing Chairperson Dorotan, who had completed her second and final term as a Board member.

The following are the officers and members comprising the new Board of Trustees:

Chairperson: Norman Joseph Jiao (Representing AF)
Vice Chairperson: Lauro Millan (Representing NCCP)
Corporate Secretary: June Rodriguez (Representing CONVERGENCE)
Treasurer: Sylvia Paraguya (Representing NATCCO)
Auditor: Betta Socorro Salera (Representing PCF)
Member: Agnes Bolanos (Representing MINCODE)
Member: Christie Rowena Plantilla (Representing FPSDC)