BACOLOD City-Long before the word non-government organization was coined, the Negros Economic Development Foundation (NEDF) has incessantly worked to uplift the lives of the people in Negros Occidental.
Forty seven years later, NEDF is not sitting on its laurels, rather the old guards are seeking successors who will continue their vision to better the lives of the marginalized and must have the passion and dedication for service to others.
In their 47th charter anniversary last July 24, 2017 at Imay’s Bar and Restaurant here, NEDF inducted four new members to its growing roster of service volunteers with the aim view of inducting a total of 50 new members in time for their 50th anniversary.
Inducted were Moises Bonache, former director of the Technological University of the Philippines; Sarah Bernabe, a chemical engineer and contractor; Paul Parrocho, a businessman; and Maria Ester Espina, former media practitioner and PR consultant who were recommended and approved by Membership Chair Josefa Puentevella.
NEDF President Wilhelmina Gonzales stressed the need to look for their “successors” since the composition of their board of directors presently are in the retiring stage.
Gonzales said the board and its officers have done a good job through the years but it is time to hand over the reign to the younger set who will have the energy to fulfill NEDF’s mission of empowering lives.
NEDF Chairman of the Board, Ramon Ponce De Leon said the organization has faced challenges through the years “but we are glad we were able to keep the foundation relevant all these time. However, it is now time to define the future of the foundation.”
“With the challenge in the creation of Negros Island Region (NIR), NEDF needs to find the right balance in implementing development programs “because a big part of the problem emerging is still economics in nature,” he added.
Among the biggest projects of NEDF that has been given recognition is the Handumanan Relocation Area, the rehabilitation of the Ilog-Hilabangan Watershed and their Step-Up project that seeks to end trafficking of persons.
Presently, NEDF is involved in socialized housing projects in Kabankalan and Binalbagan, replicating success housing programs they’ve implemented in Escalante City, the Municipality of EB Magalona among others.
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