Mariano “Nonong” Araneta was reelected Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president during the PFF 12th Ordinary Congress and Election at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on Friday.
Araneta, a former national team standout, first assumed the post in 2010 after he was named PFF interim president during the last year of the term of Jose Mari Martinez.
The then head of the Iloilo Football Association won via a landslide getting the vote of 25 out of the 29 representatives present during that year’s assembly.
Araneta again was unanimously chosen to lead PFF in this year’s election attended by 50 representatives from all over the country.
“It was a generally peaceful and democratic elections,” Araneta said.
The event also marked the induction of the first female member of the PFF board of governors.
Quezon Football Association’s Lalaine Samonte, an educator from the Bristol Integrated School in Lucena City, was elected as member of the board until 2019.
Another a new face added to the executive members of the PFF was Joselito Piñol who was inducted as the vice president of the federation.
Araneta announce that the PFF would immediately act on the auditing and distribution of the finances of the federation.
He added that they would also review the assignments of the new committee members under his office.
“We had our budget approved so the new board will look at the programs that are covered by this budget. Of course, we have to assign new committee members and the new chairman,” he said.
Araneta stressed that grassroots development as well as improvement of their technical programs will be the priorities of PFF during his new term.
“Actually, in our budget, 35 percent is allotted to the technical committee, which includes our grassroots program together with coaching and referee development,” he said.
Araneta was also selected to be part of the Asian Football Confederation’s Executive Committee last April.
Jaelle Nevin Reyes