To end the year on a good note, and upon NSW Premier’s invitation, the Philippine Community Council of NSW (PCC NSW) Board met with the Honourable Kristina Keanelly at the Governor Macquarie Tower Office, Sydney, last 17 December 2010. President Elsa Collado and ten of the PCC board members attended the close-door meeting with Keanelly. Also in attendance were the Premier’s staff and Councillor Prue Guillaume of Penrith.
Since the attendance of Premiere Keanelly at the PCC-NSW 20th Anniversary, PCC-NSW President, Ms Collado has lobbied for a meeting with the Premier for the opportunity to discuss the Filipino community’s needs and PCC NSW’s project priorities.
The Premiere opened the dialogue with “How can I help?” This heart-warming opening statement enabled the PCC officers to discuss openly the community’s needs. The Premier gave her assurance to help and directed her staff to coordinate, facilitate and direct the PCC-NSW to government funding availabilities to assist with future projects.
This meeting with the NSW Premier
delivered positive outcomes for the community. It also strengthens ties between the Filipino community and Australian government. It further reaffirms PCC-NSW’s stance as the State’s peak body representing the Filipino community in NSW. After two decades of leadership in the Filipino community on welfare and humanitarian issues, PCC-NSW remains as strong as ever, leading the way for 2011. – © ?
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