PBS Installs New Associate General Secretary
Philippine Bible Society Marketing Manager Perry Cartera will be the new Associate General Secretary beginning January 1, 2015. She will succeed Vilma Salvio, who will be retiring at yearend after 12 years of continuous service to the Bible Society.
Cartera was installed as AGS by PBS President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Chief Justice Reynato Puno (ret.) in a simple program during the staff fellowship last December 17, 2014. Her husband, Pastor Carmelo Cartera, and mother, Mamerta Zapa witnessed the ceremony.
“I praise God for this privilege to serve. As I assume the office of Associate General Secretary I continue to ask for your prayers because it is only by His grace that I will be able to do it,” Cartera said.
Also present during the installation ceremony were former General Secretary Dr. Medarlo Rivera and his wife Juliet, who was also the former Resource Development Manager; Trustees Mrs. Leonila Cruz, Atty. Jose Villanueva, Rev. Dr. Ruth Billena, and Dr. Nati Pagadut. Meanwhile, Salvio’s sister, Len, and her pastor, Rev. Dave Trinidad and his wife Nory of Sampaloc Bible Christian Community were also present during the program.
Working as a clerk back in 1981, Cartera served the Bible Society for almost 19 years before moving to Antipolo City-based Opportunity Microfinance Bank to serve as its Vice President for Operations. Under her leadership, the bank was able to expand its client base from 5,000 to 23,000 in a span of 18 months. After her stint there, she returned to PBS as a part time Internal Audit Consultant before becoming Marketing Manager in 2009.
Meanwhile, Salvio was also feted during the program, recounting her valuable contribution to the Bible Cause, initially as a consultant for Financial Services before coming on board as Officer-In-Charge for Finance, Administration, and Personnel in 2002. She also worked as Assistant Team Leader and Accountant of the Transformation Team before being appointed Associate General Secretary in December of 2003.