The Filipino Community Council of Victoria, Incorporated (FCCVI) is a duly incorporated nonpolitical, non-stock, non-profit, benevolent and community service organization, established in 1988.
FCCVI is recognized as the umbrella body of the Filipino organizations in the State of Victoria. Its existence came about as a direct request from the Australia Government in the late 1980s through the then Minister of the Department of Immigration to be the primary contact in communicating and collaborating with individual Filipino organizations already mushrooming at a rapid rate during that period.
This captures the fundamental role and essence of FCCVI’s existence that is, as a mandated entity whose mission is to represent the Filipino community in Victoria and serve as an active partner of the Government and other mainstream agencies in providing information, support, and access to community and welfare services to as many constituents as possible who are of Filipino background.
Executive Commitee Year 2015 - 2017
PERLA LUETIC - FCCVI President
PERLA LUETIC is currently the Principal and Founder of the Philippine Language School of Victoria and has held this position since 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Community Development from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the Philippines. In addition to this, she has attended units in education from Monash University. In recognition of her endeavours, she has been given the following awards:
Given by Filipino Community Council of Australia (FILCCA) in 2010
Given by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) in 2010 for serving 21 years in the Filipino Community Over the years, Perla has actively participated in several organizations, holding key positions or taking a lead in major activities that includes the following:
- President of the LUZVIMINDA Association of Filipino Women in Victoria for 21 years;
- President of the Filipino Community Welfare Services;
- Executive Director of the Philippine Australian Foundation Victoria and initiated the purchase of the Philippine House Bldg.;
- Chairperson of the Care Taker Committee FCCVI in 2006;
- Initiated to open the Philippine Language School in other State;
- Member of the Ethnic School of Victoria Study Design;
- Youth Development Worker, Ministry of Social Services and Development in the Philippines, Camiguin Chapter;
- Executive Director, Philippine Community Chest and Council, Camiguin Chapter;
- Girl Scout Executive, Girls Scout of the Philippine, Camiguin Chapter.
LUISA RIVO - FCCVI Vice-President
LUISA RIVO is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines. In 1987, she migrated to Australia with herfamily. She gained accreditation of her degree through completion of requirements at Monash University and attained her professional status with the Australian Society ofCertified Public Accountants a few years later. She commenced her career with The Shell Company of Australia Limited, moving around the company in various roles over 27 years, ending with the role as GSAP Implementation Manager for Aviation Her involvement in the community began in 2007 with her affiliation to FEGTA as its President.
Elected as a member of the FCCVI Executive Committee in 2009 until 2012. Member of the Board of the Philippine Australian Foundation Inc. from 2013-2015. In this role, she has contributed in the review and update of the organisation’s constitution; reviewed, updated and written some of the Aged Care policies; implemented through approval of the Board, the Individual Professional Development of the staff; review of staff
Maria Theresa Dumapias - FCCVI Secretary
Maria Theresa Dumapias graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1978. Registered Nurse recognised by both in Philippine Regulation Commission and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Likewise, she passed the Heidelberg Austin Hospital Education and Training for Migrant Nurses in Australia. Positions held in different hospitals here in Melbourn such as Theatre Nurse Medical ENT Nurse.
At present, she is a Surgical nurse , Nursing Surgical Division at the Sunshine Hospital. She has been involved with different communities in different capacities . Currently she is the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Filipino Community Council of Victoria Inc.
Ruth Roa - FCCVI Asst-Secretary
RUTH ROA is a medical scientist by profession. She graduated from Southwestern University in Cebu City with a bachelor degree in Medical Technology. She continued her studies in London, UK and worked in a London hospital for a number of years. Whilst there, she was involved in community work through the Filipino Chaplaincy.
Ruth migrated to Australia in 1984, and as her qualifications earned in the UK was recognised in Australia she continued to work on the profession to the present. Ruth has two children and is pleased that they are pioneer students of the Philippine Language School of Victoria. She and her children went back to the Philippines for a while and the language helped them easily integrate with other children. She continues her master studies in social work.
Aside from serving the Filipino community Ruth is also serving other communities as an active member of the Footscray Lions Club.
CECILLE WHEARE - FCCVI Internal Auditor
CECILLE WHEARE is a Consultant in an Aged Care Industry, and has previously worked with Telstra Corporation for nearly thirty years in various roles including, project management, business analyst, case manager, and team leader roles. A caring and committed volunteer and has served the community and not for profit groups volunteering for over 25 years and enjoys working with everyone. She has been actively involved with FCCVI and PAFI for many years and her daughter was FCCVI Princess Candidate in 1993.
Cecille would like to continue to make a positive contribution to the community and has been involved with a number of organisations and is currently representing the Movement for Filipino Solidarity. Conducted fundraising activities for the following groups: Australian Visayan fundraising in year 2000, Gawad Kalinga Project Manila and Davao in 2006, Cecille daughter was Miss FILCCA Victoria, which helped raise funds for this project. Recently, through the Movement for Filipino Solidarity, supported the fundraising for the victims of calamities in Bohol and Leyte, and donated fishing boats to some of the victims in the Philippines.
A recipient of FILCCA Leadership Award Victoria 2016, and an Officer and member of various associations including : Vice President- Internal Filipino Community Council Australia FILCCA, Internal Auditor FCCVI, President Movement for Filipino Solidarity, United Filipino Elderly Group, Telstra Friends, City of Casey Global Friendship, Narre Warren North Community Bank Steering Committee, City Of Casey Mechanics Hall , and Narre Warren North Fire Brigade Volunteer social committee. Cecille is also a Director of the Amores-Wheare Foundation. Cecille continues volunteering and is hardly at home, enjoys meeting people and loves being part of the community.
Professional background includes:
- Diploma of Business Swinburne University
- Small Business Management Australian Institute of Technology
- Project Management Interim Technology
- Certificate Internal Auditor ETRS Management Services
- Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Philippines
ORLANDO VICTUELLES - FCCVI Treasurer
ORLANDO VICTUELLES used to work in a travel agency in Manila before migrating in 1987 and setting up a travel agency in Melbourne. President of the Sunshine Traders Association in Sunshine for a term of two (2) years. Orly is a key member of several organizations and he is currently holding the position of Treasurer of the Filipino Community Council of Victoria Inc. (FCCVI). His other involvement includes serving as Committee Member of the Philippine Fiesta of Victoria Inc.(PFVI) ,which hold annual fiesta events in Melbourne for the last 13 years.
A supporting actor and stage manager and officer for Dulaang Bayan Melbourne Inc (DBMI) for theatre plays performance around Melbourne. He has been active in volunteer work for the Association of Filipino-Australian Golden Age of Victoria Inc. which is an elderly group in Footscray and serving as President of the association. Other organizations are the Sunny West Seniors Group in the City of Brimbank.
CLEMENCIO CONAG - FCCVI Asst-Treasurer
CLEMENCIO CONAG graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education major in Machine Tool Technology and Operation. He is a member of various associations including as Assistant Treasurer of the Filipino Community Council of Victoria, Inc., FEGTA, Austral-Asian Golf Club Inc. Clemencio likes helping for those who needs help in a modest way being part of the Filipino Community Council of Victoria, Inc.
WILLIE O'BRIEN - FCCVI Public Relations Officer
WILLIE O' BRIEN graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. For the past 2 terms, Willie is the Chairperson of Dulaang Bayan Melbourne Inc. He is also an active member of the Pangkat Pinoy choir.
Willie migrated to Australia in 1988 and is currently working at DHL, retail supporter of different Filipino community organizations.
His goal, make the young Filipinos to get involve in the community.
VINCENT GOMEZ JIMENEZ - FCCVI Asst-Public Relation Officer
VINCENT GOMEZ JIMENEZ an Agriculturist by profession and graduated from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos Laguna with a Bachelor degree in Agriculture major in Animal Science specialized in Animal Nutrition. Vincent’s work experiences in the Philippines Includes: Farm manager/supervisor/ nutritionist both in Poultry and Livestock operation, sales in both animal products and human consumer goods, and as a public servant in the LGU of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Vincent migrated to Australia together with his wife Bernadette and my two children Stephen and Stephanie in 2011.
Vincent is an active member of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity from 1986 up to present. Tau Gamma Phi is a fraternity and a community service organization. In coordination with the Triskelion Alumni brothers from different colleges in the Philippines he serve as one of the organizer who established the TRISKELION ALUMNI ORGANIZATION (AUSTRALIA), guided by the words ”SOLIDARITY IS OUR STRENGHT” and with the following objectives:
Strengthen the brotherhood in a professional way Support/assist migrant brothers and sisters in Australia Support/assist University based brothers and sisters in the Philippines And Support the FCCVI for all its community services activities and programs.
Philippine Australian Foundation INC ( PAFI)
The Philippine Australian Foundation Inc ( PAFI) was established on 27 October 1992 by the members of the Filipino Community Council of Victoria (FCCVI) and incorporated on the 29 June 1993 as a non- political, non-profit, charitable organization. PAFI is the fundraising arm of FCCVI, and responsible for building, maintenance improvement, expansion and upgrading of the Multi- Purpose Centre. This multipurpose centre provides a vital link with the Filipino culture and promoting cohesiveness that can be easily identified and recognized among the ethnic communities in Victoria.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
Ms. Jesusa Rutaquio
PROGRAM STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
COMMUNITY AGED CARE PACKAGES
Ms. Lolita A. Basobas (Case Manager)
FILCARE BROKERAGE SERVICES
Ms. Mercy Protacio (Rostering/Brokerage
HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE
(PLANNED ACTIVITY GROUP)
Ms. Julieta Basco (Assistant PAG Coordinator)
Anthony Crisostomo (PAG staff)
NEW CARE STAFF/VOLUNTEERS
Ruby Rose Tuazon
Brigida Wollensack LUI