Ang Kalatas April 2018 Issue - Page 7

NEWS Cen named Auburn Woman of the Year BERALA’S Cen Amores has been named 2018 Auburn Local Woman of the Year, following her nomination by NSW State Opposition Leader and MP for Auburn, Luke Foley. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the NSW Parliament honoured outstanding women across the State with a Women of the Year Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on March 8, 2018. Amores has been a community volunteer worker r in the Auburn and western Sydney area for 25 years. hilippine She is the founding president of the Alliance of Philippine 0 Filipino- Community Organisations Inc (APCO) an umbrella 40 s. Australian voluntary and not-for-profit organisations. Amores is also chairwoman of the Auburn Small l Community Organisation Network Inc (ASCON), an umbrella erse organisation for 43 culturally and linguistically diverse mberland local community organisations operating within the Cumberland government area. n More than 20 years ago, Cen and husband Ruben ed together with a number of Filipino couples responded to the lack of affordable housing in Western Sydney by setting up Kapit-bahayan Cooperative Ltd a community housing cooperative for low to medium- - income families from diverse cultural backgrounds. This multi-awarded organisation now operates s ns five clusters of affordable housing accommodations ps in the Western Sydney and helps other ethnic groups organise their own housing coops. n Town hall rally A Filipino community group in Sydney rallied in front Sydney Town Hall at 2pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018 calling for peace and justice in the Philippines. The rally was organised by Migrante Australia’s Movement Against Tyranny with a view to drawing attention to concerns about the present Philippine Government direction and its impact on the Filipino people, including Filipino migrants. Speakers from the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Migrante Australia, GABRIELA Australia (an alliance of Filipino women’s organisations), Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines addressed the war on drugs, the alleged war against the poor, the personal words and actions of President Rodrigo Duterte, and Australia’s support to the Duterte Government. The rally coincides with the 23rd anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, a domestic worker who was hanged in Singapore in 1995 after admitting to murdering a co-worker and their employer’s child. The rally alleged that the Philippine Government showed continuing neglect and lack of political will to stop the exploitati on of its overseas foreign workers. n A rally leader, Lina Cabaero-Ponnambalam speaking to the group in front of Sydney Town Hall. Photo: JADE CADELINA AK NewsMagazine, Vol 8 No 7 | APRIL 2018 07