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Seven Buluseño civic leaders composed of active and retired government and military officials, and those in the business sector have organized and founded the newly registered Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc. The incorporators are: Retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno; Mr. Arnel G. Fortes, a director at the Senate Legal Services; Mr. Rudy G. Fulo, president of Cargohaus Customs Bonded Warehouse, Inc.; Ms. Luz Z. Gamba, president of the Bulusan Travel & Tours Corporation; Engr. Pablito R. Freo, vice-president of GRL Electric Corporation; Mr. Ulpiano S. Sorra, retired Customs Examiner; and Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, retired Customs Police Officer.

In their first meeting and elections, elected as interim officers were: Mr. Fuentes-chairman; Ms. Gamba-vice-chairwoman; Engr. Freo-treasurer; Mr. Sorra-secretary; Maj. Gen. Fortuno-auditor; Mr. Fulo and Mr. Fortes-trustees. They shall on to their positions until the formal elections in March 2005.

In the set-up the foundation shall exist under the umbrella of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc., the association.  The association’s president shall be the chairman of the foundation whose term shall be for one year only.

The purpose of the foundation is to sponsor big and significant projects for the benefit of the municipality of Bulusan and the Buluseños.  Being a tax-exempt entity, it can undertake fundraising activities in large scale and solicit donation/contributions from philanthropic organizations and civic-minded people here and abroad.

            As its initial fundraising project, the officers are contemplating on sponsoring a golf tournament anytime from now.


Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)

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