MANILA – Filipinos overseas will converge in Manila for a three-day summit to tackle issues affecting the diaspora and how to further contribute to the country's development.
"It's coming together, meeting of minds. While we always talk about brain drain, they do recognize that in some point in their lives, it's not even payback, they are looking forward to coming home," explained Executive Director Mary Grace Tirona of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
Tirona said the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora will be held on February 25 to 27 at the Manila Hotel.
"This global summit brings together overseas Filipinos, leaders and members of organizations to share the good things they have done, and could inspire others," she said.
Organizers have pooled together speakers from Filipino leaders of organizations to government officials to discuss ways on how to give back and what the country has to offer the diaspora.
"What we are trying to do is give back to them too and this is why the summit is very important to keep them updated on what are the services, the new things going on in the country. We want also to hear from them," she said.
Data from the CFO shows that there is a stock estimate of 10.5 million Filipinos overseas. Of the number, 4.9 million are permanent migrants/permanent or naturalized citizens of other countries, 4.2 million are temporary migrants or workers and 1.36 million are irregular migrants or undocumented.
"This is something that government is rationalizing, how do we bring them their brain, their brawn, their muscles and their minds back to the country," she said.
On the first day of the summit, overseas participants are encouraged to join the "Balikbayani Tour" of Manila. Workshops and other presentations will be held on the last two days of the summit.
source: ABS-CBN NEWS (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/02/20/15/cfo-all-set-summit-filipino-diaspora)
February 25, 2015 marks the 29th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. The date, by virtue of Proclamation No. 655 (s. 2013) is commemorated as the revolution that “restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country.”
By tradition, past Philippine Presidents visit the various commemoration sites significant to the 1986 revolution during February 25. In 2014, President Aquino broke away from tradition in order to recognize the people who have quietly kept the spirit of People Power alive by standing by their fellow Filipino in times of greatest need. He led celebrations of the 28th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution in different disaster-stricken provinces, where recovery is evident thanks to the unity and solidarity manifested by different sectors of society. (source: Official Gazette)
In light of this new tradition, the Third Global Summit participants are invited to join the “Balikbayani Tour” especially prepared for the homecoming of this nation’s modern-day heroes. This optional tour prepared in partnership with the Department of Tourism aims to give participants a fresh perspective of Philippine history by touring significant places in the City of Manila.
BALIKBAYANI TOUR ITINERARY
February 25, 2015
|7:00 am -
|Registration and Assembly
at Manila Hotel
|8:30 am -
|Travel to the
|9:30 am -
|Malacañang Museum Tour|
|11:00 am -
|Travel to the Metropolitan Museum in Manila
at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for Lunch
|11:30 am -
|Lunch at the Metropolitan Museum
in Manila at the BSP
|12:45 am -
|Travel to Intramuros from BSP|
|1:00 pm –
|Tour of Intramuros, Fort Santiago,
Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church
and the Manila Collectible
|2:45 pm -
|Travel from Intramuros
|3:00 pm –
|Tour of Luneta Park|
|3:30 pm –
|Travel to National Museum|
|3:45 pm –
|Tour of National Museum|
|5:30 pm –
|Drop off at designated points
along Roxas Boulevard
*Tour as of 24 February 2015. May still be subject to change.
Important Note: The Balikbayani Tour is offered only to overseas-based delegates of the Summit.
Being an optional tour, please confirm your participation before 15 February 2015 via email@example.com.
Opening Ceremony (9:00 am – 10:00 am)
First Plenary Session (10:00 am – 12:00 nn)
Sub-theme: Migrants and Diaspora for Development – in practice and advocacy
•“Movements and Momentums”
(Presentations of Filipino Diaspora Councils) (5 mins. each)
• Audio Visual Presentation on the Overseas Voting Registration
• Updates on Government Initiatives to Promote Interests of Overseas Filipinos
• Audio Visual Presentation on the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI2)
• Audio Visual Presentation on Overseas Filipino Diaspora Remittances for Development (OF-ReD) Project
• “Shaping Goals and Action Plan for the Filipino Diaspora 2015 and Beyond” – Appreciative Inquiry as a tool for Visioning (Dr. Sabsy Palanca)
“Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a popular tool in Organizations Development. It is a co-evolutionary search of the best in people or organizations. It inquires in order to appreciate.
“Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strategy for purposeful change that identifies the best of “what is” to pursue dreams and possibilities of “what could be”. It is a cooperative search for strengths passions and life-giving forces that are found within every system – those factors that hold the potential for inspired, positive change.
By discovering the strengths and successes that exist in every individual and community, a sense of hope is generated through which people begin to anticipate a better future. Further, they have a better understanding of the relevance of new initiatives to their long-term goals. Buoyed by the confidence of their past successes, and inspired by a vision of a better future, people are better able to take up the many challenges that they face in their day-to-day lives.” (Ashford and Patkar, 2001)
The Appreciative Inquiry workshop aims to help Filipino community leaders in developing a vision for their respective diaspora, objectives, goals and plan of action towards a common direction for the region and for the Philippines, beyond 2015.
• Lunch (12:00 nn – 1:00 pm)
PhilHealth Presentation by Ms. Chona Sienes-Yap (Senior Manager for Overseas Filipinos Program, PhilHealth)
• Workshop Session (1:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
Sub-theme: Visioning for 2015 and Beyond
Participants of the Third Global Summit will be grouped according to regions and Diaspora to Development (D2D) of interest to them. They will undergo an AI experience through a Visioning Exercise guided by facilitators and moderators.
• The regions are:
• Philippine-based participants will be allowed to join the workshops of the 5 regions to enable them to determine how they can create convergence and synergize activities and resources.
• Prior and in preparation to the Visioning Exercise, selected representatives of the Filipino diaspora groups will be presenting updates and best practices on Diaspora to Development (D2D) initiatives in the region.
(Note: Workshop sessions are expected to end by 5:30 pm.)
Welcome Dinner for Delegates (7:00 pm onwards)
Attire: Philippine national dress and Barong Tagalog or national costume of their host country
Second Plenary Session (9:00 am - 9:45 am)
Sub-theme: Prospects and Practices for Philippine Development
Audio Visual Presentation on the CFO BaLinkBayan Project
Open Forum (15 minutes)
Third Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Dreams Realized in the Diaspora
Fourth Plenary Session
Sub-theme: Report Backs and Moving Forward: Visioning for 2015 & Beyond
Lunch (12:00 nn - 1:00 pm)
“DNA: Diaspora Networking Activity”
An enduring fixture for the past Global Summits is the networking of Filipino diaspora community leaders. For the Third Global Summit, the DNA aims to encourage all delegates to continue having even bigger conversations and finding more partners across other networks and region. Like the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), it is our objective that strong linkages will be created among groups, which could serve as one of the building blocks for the diaspora organization’s success.
• Synthesis of Plenary Session
by Professor Stella Go (Chair, Philippine Migration Research Network)
• Closing Commitment Rites
• Regional representatives will present their commitment and action plan to CFO Chairperson Secretary Imelda Nicolas in the presence of Diplomatic Corps (5 minutes each)
Moderator: Dr. Isabelita Palanca and CFO Usec. Mary Grace A. Tirona
• Messages from the Diplomatic Corps and the Multilateral Organizations
• Message on Behalf of the Department of Tourism (DOT)
Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr.
DOT Tourism Development
• Closing Song
• Photo Opportunity
Dir. Maria Regina G. Galias
Ms. Ma. Nicole B. Pangilinan
Tel. Nos. (+632) 561-8329 / 552-4764
Fax No. (+632) 561-8317