Catacutan retires as MAFI prexy
Engr. Alejandro "Alej" V. Catacutan, recently retired as Assistant Vice President and Resident Manager of EDC's Mt. Apo Geothermal Project who also served MAFI in various capacities prior to becoming its President from 2010 to 2016, bade the Foundation goodbye in a simple send-off ceremony last July 21, 2016.
In that ceremony organized by theMAFIBoard of Trustees and staff, Engr. Catacutan reflected on his "treasured years" as a worker and catalyst in helping bring about positive change in the lives of IP communities and other stakeholders of MAFI. He was a pioneer member of the Foundation and a steadying figure during its formative years, reaching the pinnacle of his involvement in the organization when he succeeded Engr. Ellsworth R. Lucero, himself also a former MAGP resident manager, as President in 2010.
Catacutan was very explicit in his love for IP communities. He supported most of the CTCCDI-endorsed projects like the Thesis and Dissertation Assistance Project (TDAP), which extends financial assistance to IP teachers for their masteral theses or doctoral dissertations, and pushed for the expanded coverage of the Collegiate Degree Scholarship Project to IP communities outside MAFI's coverage area.
With regards the milestone achievements of the Foundation, Catacutan, with the support of other BOT members, lobbied before EDC senior management for the additional annual infusion of PhP 2 million to expand MAFI's programs and services and for the accreditation of the Foundation with the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) since 2012.
Catacutan thanked the MAFI trustees, members and staff for the honor to serve the organization's stakeholders and for the support he received to continuously bring MAFI to greater heights.
The sendoff program for him was arranged in time for the Annual General Members (AGM) assembly at AJ Hi-time Hotel. He expressed thanks to the members, MAFI staff and the co-trustees for the honor to serve the MAFI stakeholders and for support he received for continuously bringing the foundation into greater heights.
“MAFI reserves a special place in me. I may retire as president, but I will always be here to help and support you. Just call me and I will be there” Catacutan added.
MAFI awarded him a plaque of appreciation, hand-woven portrait crosstich and a made-to-order Manobo dress and accesories for him and for his wife.