INVITATION TO THE COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS (CFO) CONFERENCE
IN SEPTEMBER 2011 IN MANILA
Pursuant to its mandate to strengthen ties with Filipinos overseas and to promote their interests in the Philippines and abroad, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) will be holding a conference on “Diaspora to Development: A Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora.” This conference is jointly organized with the National Federation of Filipino Associations in America (NaFFAA) and the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG).
The Global Summit aims to highlight the achievements of Overseas Filipinos and discuss possible areas on how they could be partners to Philippine development. It also seeks to create a network among leaders of the Overseas Filipinos’ community and serve as a launching venue for the “Diaspora to Development Program” of the CFO.
The conference, to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila on 27-29 September 2011, will gather hundreds of participants from 40 countries, including previous Presidential awardees, leaders of global Filipinos’ networks, migration-related PHL government agencies, local government units, the academe, private sector, and multilateral agencies. Please visit this website for more information: http://d2dglobalsummit.cfo.gov.ph/.
Participation in the conference may be applied for through mail-in registration by sending the duly completed conference intent form or through online registration.
Deadline of registration is on 15 August 2011. The conference secretariat will, however, be allotting only 50 slots for walk-in participants on a first-come first-served basis, provided that they present proof (e.g. green card for US residents, passport, driver’s license) of their residency status overseas.
To complete their registration, participants will pay a registration fee of US$50 (or its equivalent amount) exclusive of bank charges, to be deposited to the following account:
Acct. Name: Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Acct. No.: 000012-1149-23
Swift Code: TLBPPHMMAXXX
Bank Name: Land Bank of the Philippines
Branch: Intramuros, Manila.
The amount shall cover the participants’ conference kits and meals (1 lunch and 2 snacks per day) for three days.
A copy of the remittance receipt shall be sent by fax or e-mail to CFO as proof of payment on or before 30 August 2011. For walk-in registrants, payment shall be made on site during registration. CFO shall issue an official receipt for each paying participant, which will be given at the conference site.
Travel (both international and local) and accommodation costs will be shouldered by the participants. The conference secretariat has made arrangements with hotels in the nearby area as well as with some airlines for possibility of affording discounted rates to conference participants.
Participants are expected to wear corporate or business attire during the conference except on the evening of the last day, September 29, when they are expected to wear a more formal attire or Filipiniana for the closing ceremony of the three-day summit.