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Thursday, 22 December 2011 13:39

The News UpFront: (TOP STORY) as of Wednesday, December 21, 2011 

A big change is in the offing for Toronto's Filipino community with the election of new officers for the umbrella organization Philippine Independence Day Council led by Mrs. Norma Carpio. She promises more openness, transparency and accountability and asks media for support in an interview with The Filipino Web Channel.


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President Outlines New Thrusts for PIDC in 2012



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T ORONTO - A new set of officials takes over the premier Filipino organization in Toronto starting in January with its incoming president vowing to pursue a policy of transparency and accountability.


Mrs. Norma Carpio has been elected to head the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), the non-profit umbrella of about 300 professional, cultural and social organizations in Ontario province.


There are changes in the offing involving the regular running of the organization and holding of events that are all intended to benefit the community, according to Mrs. Carpio, who is best remembered for her unparalled leadership in managing the Philippine centennial celebration in 1998.


(Video of the interview is at The Filipino Web Channel: " mce_href="/">)


"We should have new ideas. Our lineup is really very very good," she says of her new team. "Our events will be properly organized. This time we will do our best, whatever is best for the community."


Mrs. Carpio agreed to be interviewed by this reporter, indicating a new thrust in PIDC's leadership. Compared to her predecessor's tight-lipped attitude towards the press, Mrs. Carpio is the exact opposite. She's more upfront and welcoming than secretive.


"We will be more transparent. All I ask of the media is to support our events," Mrs. Carpio says.


But while she professes to be open to media scrutiny, she evaded going into details of PIDC's financial standing, except to says the organization just made it even.


"As a non-profit we can not divulge financial statements. That is internal," Mrs. Carpio stresses.


She said the holding of Mabuhay Festival, PIDC's top money maker, was neither a loss nor profit situation. "Last year we're just even, we didn't make a profit out of it. For Metro Convention Center we budgeted $100,000. But it's just even by the end of the year," she states.


In the last two years, PIDC has been embroiled in controversies of its own making. Its outgoing president, Minda Neri, has stonewalled herself, refusing to shed light on the issues.


In July, for example, it tried to impose censorship and control the media by requiring journalists to sign a waiver before they could cover its event. Instead of signing it, some journalists tore it apart.


The year before that, PIDC put up a fledgling sex siren as its main attraction in what was supposed to be a wholesome entertainment for Filipino families. The actress was paired off with a male actor who stripped half naked on the stage at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.


The twin incidents have cast doubts about PIDC's standing as the purveyor of Philippine culture and heritage in Ontario province. As a matter of fact, the shows it had were mainly geared to attract ticket buyers than to promote the legacy of Philippine independence. # # #


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