The following taken from the APO Philippines, Inc. Code of By-Laws:

Article VII


Section 1. Creation. – There shall be created the Commissions on Membership, Elections, Ways and Means, Audit, Scouting, International Relations and the Council of Elders.

Section 2. Autonomy. – All Commissions shall enjoy fiscal autonomy and their approved biennial appropriations shall be automatically and regularly released. All Commissions shall have the authority to promulgate their own rules of procedure as they may deem appropriate in the performance of their mandate.

Section 3. General Composition and Terms of Office. – Each Commission shall be composed of one (1) Chair and six (6) members, all of whom must be members in good standing, appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Board of Directors, to serve for a term of seven (7) years unless otherwise resigned, removed from office or incapacitated. Of those first appointed, the Chair and two (2) Commissioners shall hold office for seven (7) years, two (2) Commissioners for five (5) years and the remaining Commissioners for three years. Appointment to any vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term of the predecessor.

Section 4. Rule-Making Authority. – Each Commission shall have the exclusive power and authority to promulgate such rules and regulations as it may deem fit and appropriate to properly discharge its duties and functions. Upon formulation of the general rules of procedure of each Commission, the same shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval, which shall cause the same to be published in at least three (3) issues of any publication of general circulation, the electronic mail and the website. The approved Rules of Procedure shall be valid and binding within a period of fifteen (15) days from the date of its last publication in the newsletter of general circulation.

Section 5. Incidental Powers. – All commissions shall have such incidental, residual and inherent power and authority to do and perform such other duties and functions as may be necessary and proper to fulfill their mandates.


Section 6. Nature. – The Commission on Membership shall be responsible for the formulation and implementation of all programs and policies pertaining to the general membership and the expansion thereof.

Section 7. Duties and Functions. – The Commission on Membership shall perform the following duties and functions:

  • To promote and encourage programs and activities that serves and supports the Chapters and Associations;
  • To promote and encourage programs and activities for the enhancement of membership recruitment, retention and reporting;
  • To promote and encourage the reactivation of inactive chapters and associations and/or the formation of new collegiate chapters and alumni associations;
  • To act as the custodian of the directory of all members and protector of the confidential data contained therein, and, for this purpose, to formulate and devise ways and means to insure adequate and current reporting thereon;
  • To conduct the preliminary investigation of all complaints relating to the suspension and/or revocation of membership, and, for such purpose, to formulate, institute, public and establish a Code of Conduct, effective upon approval by the Board of Directors, which shall be compulsory on all members and, thereafter, to conduct the periodic review thereof to insure its continued pertinency; and,
  • To conduct a census every six (6) years on the demographics of the membership and distribution of chapters and associations for the purpose of realignment and reassignment of chapters and associations in administrative regions or sections.
The following taken from the Discussion Paper from which the above Code of By-Laws was derived:

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