Archives For July 2011


            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:
            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
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.
            The CFO’s point persons for this event are Atty. Golda Myra Roma and Mr. Edwin Pajares. They may be contacted through: telephone numbers (63 2) 5618321 local 600-604/5618291/5618160;
fax number (63 2) 5628291;
Email address
Migration Advocacy and Media Awards (MAM)  2011
            Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open.
            The MAM Awards was conceived in 2011 by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines in December every year.  Chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co-chaired by the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.
            Eligible for the Awards are works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad.  Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.
            Entries must be submitted on or before 30 September 2011 to MAM Awards’ Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor Osmena Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.
            For more information on the Awards, please call MAM Secretariat at (632) 561-8291 and (632) 552-4766 or email at or visit .

        The Philippine Consulate General would like to invite all Filipinos and Filipino community organizations in Hong Kong to support and promote the blood donation programme of the Hong Kong Red Cross.
       You are  invited to donate blood or recruit blood donors, specially Rhesus Negative donors.
        For more information, please call 2710-1202 or  visit the HK Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service office at 15 King’s Park Rise, Kowloon at the following days and time: Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

            The Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan has been chosen as one of 28 finalists to the New Seven Wonders of Nature, which will be announced on 11 November 2011.
           The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2-km navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into theSouth China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Everyone is invited to vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River by visiting the organizer’s Web site at

            The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) would like to invite nominations to the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA).
            The BBA, first given out in 1984, is organized under the auspices of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) and which will be awarded by President Benigno S. Aquino II in Malacanang Palace in December 2011. The BBA aims to recognize outstanding and exemplary  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
            The BBFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed  in 1989 to promote recognition and appreciation of the role of OFWs in  Philippine society and economy, to foster high standards of responsibility, efficiency and integrity and to promote the welfare of our OFWs.
            The BBA is a major program of BBFI to pay tribute to the country’s outstanding OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
            Deadline of submission of nominations is on 31 July 2011.  The nomination form, category awards and the criteria for the different awards  categories may be downloaded from the POEA website ( Nominations, with supporting documents may be submitted to:
            Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) Secretariat
            G/F, Blas F. Ople Building
            POEA, Ortigas Avenue, corner EDSA Mandaluyong City
            1501 Philippines
            Tel Nos.: (632) 722-1165 or 722-1173
            Fax No. : (632) 724-3646
            Email address: bagong_bayani_award