Costuna tops 2018 COMSOFIL’s Presidential Election
By: Charlotte L. Villones

The annual election of COMSOFIL Board of Directors was concluded last December 21, 2018 in Elite International School Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the graduation rites and general assembly of the Society. Almost 300 active members have cast their votes for the thirty (30) aspiring candidates to be the next Board of Director but only top 16 were elevated to lead the society for 2019 operational activities.

Week after the election, the top 16 BoDs from various professions have convene to select the eight (8) key positions. Charlotte Villones and Marilyn Costuna both served the society have been nominated for President but the latter won the position as the newly elected President. Costuna, handled various position in COMSOFIL since she became a member in 2005. She has held several leadership positions such as Area Governor in 2015, President of FILCOM-IT Toastmasters Club in 2011 and the very first woman to hold the position as President in TOC in 2008. A seasoned toastmaster in her generation where she earned a lot of speech communication awards and leadership not to mention the Speechcraft as one of her projects in COMSOFIL.

Other key positions are the VP Education, VP Membership, VP Engineering, VP Finance, Press Relations Officer, Auditor and the Secretary were won by Ricardo Cacharo, Arlene Batteas, Ramil Sumile, Julius Maramba, Charlotte Villones, Rejoel Escacinas and Jocelyn Picar respectively while the remaining eight (8) positions such as AVP Education assigned to Trini Aaronstein Basas and Mylene Pacia; AVP Membership was given to Nerissa Pantaleon; AVP Finance took by Michael Mabubay, AVP Engineering were given to Michael Montalban, Perlita Parungao & Glaiza Javier and finally the Assistant PRO was assigned to Ma. Eleonor Tangaro.

The Board of Trustees who stand as the panel of COMELEC are BoT Edwin Fontiveros, BoT Benjamin Cabaya Jr., BoT Erlinda Ulita and BoT Van Eric Rodrin.

“To provide opportunities for alternative learning, quality education and to educate the new leaders of COMSOFIL are some of my platforms” Costuna said.

The transition of BoDs and Induction of Officers are scheduled to happen in January 2019.