European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)

PREAMBLE

ENFiD is an active international networking association that hopes to (a) propagate the sense of Filipino “nationhood” away from the home country; (b) inculcate a strong sense of shared destiny and aspirations; (c) act as a catalyst in promoting resolutions to issues and arising problems among Filipinos in Europe.

NAME

The name of this European non-profit association shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora, hereafter referred to as ENFiD.

The names of country associations that will form part of ENFiD shall be European Network of Filipino Diaspora-[country] and be referred to as eg ENFiD-Belgium, ENFiD-Netherlands, ENFiD-Italy, ENFiD-UK and so on.

VISION

Our vision is –

a. A Filipino Diaspora community in Europe with a continued and sustained commitment and link to the Philippines, and at the same time fully integrated with the host country. (COMMITMENT AND FULL INTEGRATION)

b. A vibrant and empowered Filipino Diaspora operating ‘glocally’ (globally and locally), whose talent, contribution and potential are recognized and rewarded both in Europe and in the Philippines, cognizant of the future generation of Filipino descent. (PEOPLE)

c. A Filipino Diaspora in touch with its cultural origins and its best traditional values, and how it enriches the diversity of life of the host country. (IDENTITY)

[ENFiD Academy] Gender Development / Leadership Skills

 

Gender Development / Leadership Skills Training

  • Topics to be covered for Gender Training:
    Sex & Gender,
    Gender Roles,
    Stereotypes and Gender Ideology,
    Mechanisms and Institutions of Socialization,
    Gender-Fair Language,
    International Legal Frameworks (CEDAW, Beijing Declaration,etc.),
    GALS( Gender Action Learning System)

 

  • Topics to be covered for Leadership Module:
    Communication,
    Motivation,
    Getting Things Done

 

 

TO THE VENUE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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TO THE VENUE BY TAXI

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ENFiD Statement - On Yellow Arm

ENFiD Statement

Concerning the posting “’ENFiD: European Network of Filipino Diaspora’ is the YELLOW ARM here in Europe” posted on 28 April 2017 on the Facebook Wall “For the Motherland,” the ENFiD Board states the following:

The posting refers to a shared Facebook post of the ENFiD Country Representative of Iceland. This posting does not reflect the official position of the ENFiD Board and was not mandated by the same Board.

ENFiD is non-political, non-religious and not-for-profit network. It comprises members from different sectors of the society, including all political leanings. ENFiD’s foundations are formulated in its Constitution. It provides a forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organisations within the European Community, with Philippines and with the rest of the world. It inspires and initiates non-partisan dialogues and discussions on relevant topics and participates in the international dialogue on ethical, cultural and political issues with a view to alleviate global poverty.

Concerning the content of the shared posting of the ENFiD-Iceland Representative regarding the war on drugs, ENFiD’s Board states the following:

“Since entering into office of the Duterte Government, the issue of alleged Extrajudicial Killings (EJK) became a highly contested topic within the Philippines and within the community of OF’s/OFW’s. At the international level, many eyes have turned towards the Philippines commenting with surprise and disapproval on these alleged EJK.

Also within ENFiD, reflecting the diversity of the Filipino society at large, different positions exist which have led to spontaneous partisan positions in public, which do not necessarily represent the official position of ENFiD.

ENFiD core values and principles: As mentioned in ENFiD Constitution, our network aims to bring different communities of the OF’s and OFW’s in Europe together, to function as a platform for exchange across European borders and to promote joint action for the cause of Filipinos in Europe, but also in support of the development of our home country.

As OF’s/OFWs in Europe, and our exposure to European society, we have benefitted from the core values and principles on which European democratic societies are built, such as the respect for the rule of law, solidarity and basic humanitarian principles. Europe’s development over the past decades cannot be delinked from these fundamental political and societal foundations.

Against this background, ENFiD was created with a spirit of openness, respect for the other and willingness to include all different OF/OFW communities. This spirit does not align with the manner how the drug problems are being dealt with in the Philippines. The current practices go against the rule of law and against basic humanitarian principles as written in international agreements which also the Philippines has adhered to.

ENFiD’s position with regard to the Philippine war on drugs is informed by six aspects:

  • Recognition that drugs is a serious problem in the Philippines and that the Government needs to address it with vigor;
  • Disapproval of the practice of EJK as it goes against the rule of law and human rights principles
  • Killings of humans, whether by drug gangs, other criminals or the police, is categorically unacceptable and should be condemned;
  • Drugs problems need to be attended to by means of specific Government programs to help drug dependent person and families and setting up rehabilitation centers;
  • Drug problems, and the related criminal practice of users, cannot be looked at in isolation; they need to be seen as a product of poverty, inequality, social problems and economic exclusion which the Government’s policies and actions should be focused on;
  • Corruption within Government institutions, which have allowed criminal and drug-related illegal practices to proliferate need to be targeted and fought against.

What ENFiD does: ENFiD promotes towards our network, our members and our relations to support alternative approaches in dealing with the drug problems. This comprises support to rehabilitation projects, specific programs to help drug dependent person and their families, anti-drug public awareness campaigns, the setting up of rehabilitation facilities, utilisation of judicial system and non-violent initiatives to combat drug use.”

 

Signed

 

ENFiD-Europe

28 April 2017

Click here to download the statement

On the proposal of creating a Department of OFWs: an analysis by Leila Rispens-Noel

Intro by: Rohlee de Guzman

Speaking to the Filipino community in Bahrain on 14 April, President Duterte announced to them that in a couple of months, there will be a Department on Overseas Filipinos specially for them.
At the moment there are 7 bills pending in the House of Representatives for the creation of Department of Migration and Development/ Department of OFW. Here is the overview of the pending house bills (see attached).
As reaction to President Duterte’s pronouncement Leila Rispens-Noel, Director and co-founder of WIMLER Hongkong and WIMLER Philippines posted this article in Facebook where she explained why the creation of the Department of OFW is a wrong approach in addressing the plight of Filipino migrants workers. We publish this article with permission from Ms. Rispens-Noel.
A related article on the proposals of lawmakers on the creation of a department of OFW department can be found here.

Original article:

By: Leila Rispens-Noel

I support any initiatives that address the plight of our Filipino migrant workers but the recent pronouncement of Pres Duterte to create a Department of OFWs might be a wrong approach.

Secretary Bello of DOLE mentioned one key point why we should think that this move might not be the right step to help our migrant workers.

The creation of a Department to handle all issues of migrant workers indeed gives a semblance that deployment becomes a permanent program of the Philippine government and that it perpetuates people leaving the country to find jobs abroad. This contradicts what Duterte said sometime ago that he wants to see our OFWs going home for good. How can we mitigate migration when at the same time we create a system where people can easily apply for a job abroad?

In the first place, to name the new department as Department of OFWs is not accurate. If you review the names of our departments there is no such thing as Department of Farmers, Department of Workers, Department of Students, Department of Traders, etc. It is named as Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry. So why, Department of OFWs and for OFWs alone?

It is for this reason that it is more logical if Duterte seriously looks at the creation of a Department of Migration and Development which has a broader scope.

Why Department of Migration and Development?

In order for migration to work for development, the government needs to come up with an integrated, strategic and sustainable migration strategy. If our ultimate goal is to mitigate migration, we need to look at the whole aspect of migration and how it eventually impact the lives of migrants, their families and our country.

Effective migration system sees that the movement of Filipino workers are properly managed and get the best work arrangement. Deployment of non-skilled and skilled workers must be thoroughly studied so that we will not resort to brain drain and de-skilling. The Department should not only attend to the complaints, processing of travel documents, and avoid queuing in various agencies like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If this is the only reason why a department for OFWs is created, then I say it is just a waste of money and duplication of the tasks being done by existing agencies like DFA, OWWA and POLO. There must be a way to systematize applying travel documents to avoid long queues without creating a new Department.

Deployment of workers should not be the ultimate goal. It should be a choice not a desperate option.

Effective migration management does more than that. It studies which countries need Filipino workers, what kind of jobs, what kind of contracts, what is the best contract, forges bilateral agreements with labor importing countries, sees to it that the rights of migrants and their families are promoted, respected and fulfilled in addition to taking care of the migrant workers when they arrive in their host countries. Sound migration requires a strategic, sustainable and implementable return and reintegration program. Successful migration harnesses brain gain.

Sooner or later, like it or not, contract workers have to go home. There are many factors that should be considered in assessing migrant workers’ preparedness to go home or lack of it. Some of these are their capacity and capability ‘to mobilize resources, social networks of the returnees including the social capital inherent to in their networks upon their return. The families back home also play an important determinant for migrants’ decision to return. A family which manages remittances properly by saving a portion of remittances they receive, investing in productive activities, conscientiously repaying debts or spending them wisely can ease the financial burden of migrants that could be an incentive for them to go home. Conversely, a family which mismanages the money they receive can negatively impact migrant workers’ psychological and economic preparation in deciding to return.

Development on the other hand is equally important for migrant workers, their families, their communities, and the country.

Development sees to it that migrant workers and their families have the proper and right migration goals and manage their remittances effectively not only to meet immediate needs but also build and create wealth to secure their financial future.
On the national level, the government should be able to harness migration so that it works for development at home by creating favorable social, economic and political environment so that migrants are encouraged to invest a portion of their hard-earned money too productive purposes. DOLE for instance, should focus more on creating decent and well-paid jobs at home instead of looking for job orders abroad to avoid thousands of people desperately leaving the country to seek greener pastures.

Compared to other labor-sending countries, the Philippines has established an impressive set of institutions both in-country and abroad, that promote migration, return and reintegration. The Philippine reintegration program is ‘anchored on encouraging migrants and their families to venture into productive and sustainable economic undertakings that emphasize on wealth creation and make migrants stay home and keep the family integrated and, at the same time, help stimulate economic activities in local communities’ (de Vries, 2001). However, engagement in business enterprise presumes that there is an existing enabling environment to stimulate returnees to invest. Returnees would be reluctant to invest their money in areas where they perceive business is not profitable due to infrastructural constraints, breakdown of peace and order, unstable governance, corruption , long list of requirements before one could secure business permits, etc. They earn much better abroad why risk their future by going home? Failure to prepare for their return and reintegration, some migrants after their contracts end may opt to stay in the host countries illegally.

Remittances are the most widespread and important migrant economic activity and indeed offer the dual function of livelihood survival and provide possibilities of asset building. Remittances are both a combination of social protection, stock accumulation, and asset. If they are used and managed wisely, remittances can help transform lives but it is important to bear in mind that there are also limitations of remittances, i.e., as stand alone, they cannot address poverty. It is for this reason that reintegration must be given adequate attention by our governments NGOs, private sector, and other stakeholders to assist migrant workers and their families to achieve their migration goals.

To maximize the benefits of migration, migrants must be provided with social, psychological, and technical assistance prior, during, and after migration.

First, applying for jobs abroad must be affordable by getting rid of scrupulous recruitment agencies which are charging high and illegal processing fees that led to huge indebtedness to many migrant workers.

Second, financial literacy must be taught before departure and must be continued in the host countries since learning how to manage remittances is changing old values and practices. This should be complemented with financial literacy for families left behind so that they can manage remittances they receive wisely. There is an advantage of attending a financial literacy to improve the remittance management behavior of migrant domestic workers but this must be supplemented by offering appropriate remittance-based products and services depending on the needs and wants of the migrant workers.

Third, migrants must be made aware of various reintegration schemes and those who are interested to go into business must be provided with technical assistance. In many cases, returnees only start attending livelihood training, attending enterprise development courses, and preparing their business plans when they already return to the country. The preparation for the reintegration should already start while they are abroad so they do not lose precious time.

Since not all migrants are entrepreneurial, at least they are taught how to save or to invest in reliable and viable social enterprises. This means, migrants could find reliable and trusted organizations to manage their funds for them to secure their financial future. It is also advisable that they continue their membership with the Social Security System (SSS) so that if they prefer not to go into business, they will receive social pension benefits when they eventually retire.

Summing up, the government must create an enabling environment for returnees to ensure sustainability of their chosen enterprise. Training in entrepreneurship, marketing, business management and access to capital must be provided. Migrants are inclined to return if the home countries provide a stable and attractive social, economic and political environment. However, not all migrants are entrepreneurial. For others finding decent jobs at home could be the option. This can only be done through job creating activities tapping the vast remittances sent by Filipinos migrants every year to the Philippines estimated at US$27 billion in 2016.

Twists and Turns

Twist and Turns
By Rohlee de Guzman

As of this writing, breaking news was a deadly attack to policemen at Champs- Eleysee in Paris just three days before the election in France and at the moment when the 11 candidates were debating on prime time TV. The attack, claimed by ISIS, was perceived by many as a means to disturb the election process or to influence the outcome of the election or both. Many argue that this incident might lead to more votes for presidential far- right candidate Marine Le Pen, whom The Economist dubbed as ‘the last-minute beneficiary’, who was quick to link the attack with terrorism and immigration. If this is the case, it might mean yet another political end game for Europe’s political future as Le Pen, like other far-right populists, had announced a withdrawal from the European Union.

It might seem that the celebratory remarks of the EU’s leaders after the defeat of the right- populist Wilders in the Netherlands last month which President Hollande described as “a clear victory against extremism” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “a very pro-European and a good day for democracy” had been premature.

Would EU’s future be helped by Trump’s friendlier stance when he said that a solid EU is important to him? President Trump also expressed that his previous statement that NATO is obsolete no longer applies. His previous overtures to Russia expressing eagerness for an alliance with Putin has soured when he expressed concerns about Russia’s support of President Assad of Syria. Putin on the otherhand, said that the trust between Russia and the US has deteriorated since Trump was the president.

In the meantime, in the in the harbor of Manila, President Duterte toured the Russian warship “Varyag” yesterday and said, “The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid.” The ship was on a visit as a friendly gesture preceding Duterte’s upcoming visit in May to Moscow to meet with Putin. Duterte, who described himself as a socialist, said he plans to purchase military equipment from Russia and not the US while the Russians are looking for infrastructures and defense deals.

On another front, Duterte retracted his planned trip to Pag-asa Island to plant the Philippine flag after he talked with China, claiming he value his friendship with the Chinese.

Yes, what is happening globally is so confusing to put it mildly. Many new surprising twists and turns in the political relations worldwide to even pretend that everything is as it used to be in the hope that we will not be overwhelmed.

Where do we, as Euro-Pinoys, stand in all these? To begin with, take part in actions, from signature campaigns to posting informative pieces in social media to joining demonstrations that are meant to show the collective voice of the citizens. For example today being Earth Day, scientists in 600 places around the world go to the streets for a “March for Science” and call for “evidence-based policies in the public interest”. The scientists are particularly concerned that the results of their researches are being discarded or considered as opinions. Case in point is Trump’s dismissal of the seriousness of climate change and environmental problems.

We should also be brave in expressing our critical but well-informed opinions on matters that affect us, so that we can have a say in decisions that our chosen leaders make. An example of this is the reaction of Leila Rispens-Noel (see further in this issue) to the pronouncement of Pres. Duterte about the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipinos where she explained why it is a sub-optimal approach in addressing the plight of Filipino migrant workers.

I think it’s about time that Euro-Pinoys realize that being committed to democratic processes also includes expressing their reactions and opinions (based on their knowledge and experience) on matters, even politically sensitive ones, so that politicians and policy-makers can be informed. Political participation is more that just voting during elections. And it should NOT be equated with promoting, supporting or campaigning for or aligning with a particular political party or politician. Political participation entails voicing out one’s views and demands on social issues in order to inform decision- making. Being political is owning the capacity to change things. And one should not equate this with fighting against the establishment because then fear for repercussion preempts healthy debates and discourses.

Case in point is the situation of killings as a result of the haunt of drug users and drug pushers in the Philippines. Aside from creating a divide within the Filipino community in Europe, this issue is also laming organizations in taking a stand for respect for human lives. The fear for repercussion is so high that many organizations evade the topic even if they all agree that killings of human, whether by the criminals or the police or the drug gangs, is categorically unacceptable and should be condemned. And even if all agree that the drug problems are so serious that it has to be stopped. Actually everyone is supporting the government’s resolve to put a halt to it although many disagree with the way that this is being implemented.

Solutions need to be found through specific programs to help addicts and families, for example through setting up of rehabilitation centers. The government is surely doing this and the Euro-Pinoy organizations can lend a hand by in this, not only materially or monetarily but surely also through their expertise. Many Euro-Pinoy migrants work in health sectors- as therapists, psychologists, nurses, and so forth. By combining our efforts from here and coordinating with the efforts already existing in the Philippines, we can surely be a part of the solution. I think positive criticism combined with actual initiatives should be the name of the game.

Of course we all realize that drug problems, and the related criminal practice of users cannot be looked at in isolation. They need to be seen as a product of poverty, inequality (of resources and of possibilities), social problems and economic exclusion. Many Euro-Pinoys lament that the Philippine government’s policies come short of sufficiently attending to these issues and here too, we should be able to voice our opinion. Yet most of us, if not all, embark in supporting projects back home- be it on a private level like sending siblings or relatives to school or community projects like building or supporting a school- do we ask ourselves if our support is empowering or does it condone or encourage dependency?

How I Found My Internship with ENFiD Ireland

How I Found My Internship with ENFiD Ireland
By: Angeline Elorpe

“What are you here in Ireland for?”

A simple question from friends, taxi drivers and strangers that only needed a simple answer, but for some reason a question I found difficult to answer so plainly.

“For an internship,” I would reply shyly, holding in the urge to explain any further.

The reason for my being in Ireland was beyond gaining work experience, which any other internship could provide. Having moved from the Philippines at a young age, I have always felt an odd mix between a sense of belongingness but also of distance from my own country. When speaking in Tagalog with my parents, eating Filipino food, and attending Filipino gatherings, I could confidently say that, yes, I do feel Filipino. A mastery of one’s native language, liking for one’s local food and mingling with others who share the one’s ethnicity, however, I realized, was not enough for me. I felt like I was Filipino– at least from the outside. In reality, however, I didn’t even know much about my own country– its history, culture, current events, and local politics. I would even say that I knew more about the United States and other other larger nations, as a Political Science student, than my own country. If someone had asked me what the Philippines was like, I would not have known what to respond. Once I realized this missing part of me, I took on the responsibility as a Filipino to learn more about my own country and reconnect with my own roots– an opportunity that was given to me by ENFiD Ireland.

After a few emails with ENFiD Ireland representative, Vanda Brady, I was headed to Dublin with a scholarship grant from Volvo in partnership with my home university. During my internship with ENFiD, I worked at the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, where I helped with technical paperwork, such as with authenticating documents, and assisted at the Consulate Outreach mIssion hosted by the consulate in conjunction with the Embassy of the Philippines in London. I also attended a three-day workshop in the lovely county of Cavan with other ENFiD members from various parts of Europe as part of the organization’s PR Communications Strategy group. My internship was not so much about what I did, but rather what I learned during my time as an intern. I was able to gain an understanding of how a consulate works, the services it provides, as well as the issues and challenges it faces, from working at the consular office. As for the workshop, I was able to learn of the history of the Philippines, with particular attention to the change in roles for Filipino women throughout the years, a topic I had long been interested in, but never had the opportunity to fully explore. Most importantly, through my whole experience in Dublin, I learned of the utmost importance of not only connecting Filipinos, but also stimulating their interest and raising their consciousness of key issues in order to encourage action– a goal towards which ENFiD continues to work on.

Bringing with me newly gained work experience, and newly found connections and friendships, I may have left, but my heart stays in Dublin. There, I felt a deeper sense of belonging with the Filipino community than in anywhere else, working with individuals who share the same interest and passion for our home country. With greater knowledge about the Philippines, I can now say that I am a Filipino in mind and at heart.

Having shared my experience, I strongly encourage young Filipino millennials who feel the need to re-root themselves, especially those who grew up in a foreign environment such as in my case, to try an internship with ENFiD– the internship will impact your life in ways that other internships would not be able to do.

[ENFiD News & Views] April 2017 Issue Opening Word

Dear Readers,

While spring in the Netherlands is being erratic-now warm at 24 degrees changing into 10 degrees or less the following day- ENFiD’s progression is, fortunately showing a more dependable rate of upward movement.

Yes, ENFiD is on its fifth year! After some parturition pains, the toddler is running healthy and growing stronger. As you may know, ENFiD was formed after the D2D (Diaspora to dialogue Global Summit in Rome on September 27-29, 2012. The Europe-based participants came together and decided to form ENFiD. You can read about ENFiD’s history and its present status in this article. On the road to September, we will update you more on various initiatives in celebration of our fifth year.

In March, two simultaneous activities on the same weekend were held in two different countries:  on March 18 a Stress Management and Mental Health, Psychological First Aid Seminar was held in Prague, Czech Republic organized by ENFiD CZ with speakers from the ENFiD- UK. ENFiD-UK’s Chairperson and Head of Faculty of Nursing at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation in London gave a lecture that gave the participants ideas on how to manage work and migration related stress.

Meanwhile on the same weekend, in Cavan, Ireland, the PR/Communication Team of ENFiD held a Strategizing Meeting/Workshop in a rented bungalow in a vacation village by the river.  After leveling-off the understanding of the PR/Comm Team’s roles for ENFiD, the nine all-women participants from Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland who also sit in various project-teams of ENFiD, prepared PR and Communication trajectories for the upcoming ENFiD European Conference, the Environment Projects and for the Young ENFiD (Yenfid) project. The PR/Communication team created the hashtag #ENFIDselfie campaign which will start on 15 May to increase active participation among members and to provide regular updates to the member community while spreading awareness about ENFiD through social media platforms.

On a parallel note, the IT/website Team of ENFiD, together with the PR/Communication Team, is doubling up efforts in revamping our website and to strengthen ENFiD’s brand and house style. A team of ENFiD professional volunteers from various fields of IT and graphic designs from different countries including the Philippines, are working together to make the ENFiD website more relevant, user-friendly and attractive. Barring unforeseen obstacles, the target date for launching our new website is set on June 12.

Having the opportunity to see these developments, albeit from the sidelines when they talk on the technicalities, I am already very excited about all the concepts and the designs of the website. I couldn’t wait for it to unfold!

During the Easter weekend, the Working Group of Euro-Pinoy Youth, the preparatory core group for Young ENFiD (Yenfid) came together in Belgium to discuss the situation of young Filipinos in Europe and the program for the Youth Forum in September. The participants coming from Italy, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands have also agreed to follow through the PR/Communication plan outlined during the Cavan meeting mentioned above.  Immediately after the meeting, in a follow-up conversation via Facebook, they also agreed to conduct a short survey of young Filipinos in Europe to help define what the young Euro-Pinoys are like, their interests, concerns, etc. The results will be presented during the launching of Yenfid in Essen during the ENFiD European Conference in September 30-October 1.

Forward-looking, the Training and Education Committee is organizing a Gender Consciousness and Leadership Skills Training on May 5-6-7 in Essen, Germany.  Registration is closed as all the available slots were already taken. Incidentally, if other ENFiD countries or other Filipino organizations would like to request a training on gender, financial literacy, leadership and management, etc. please connect with us at contact@enfid.org. We have a pool of trainers whom we can tap for a tailor-made training/ seminars.

In the Netherlands, a Get-together event is being organized in Maastricht on 3 June for Benelux-based ENFiD with guests from Luxemburg and Germany. The purpose is to introduce ENFiD to more Benelux-based Euro-Pinoys and consolidate the existing ENFiD groups there.

Meanwhile ENFiD France is preparing to host a Trination Sportfest where ENFiD- UK and ENFiD Czech Republic are participating on 1-2 July.  You can read more information on both these events in this issue.

The Conference Team is commendable in their preparations. Not an easy task considering that this year’s ENFiD Conference in Essen is special because it marks the fifth anniversary of ENFiD! Registration will start on May 15. Some surprises are in store for Conference and General Assembly participants in Essen and I am not telling what!

Happy reading!

Rohlee de Guzman
Executive Director ENFiD

Big News! It’s ENFiD 5th Year Anniversary!

We are happy to announce that we have crossed another milestone in the history of ENFiD. On September 29, 2017, we shall complete 5 years of its establishment.

European Network of Filipino Diaspora was born on September 29, 2012 when the participants from Europe at the Dialogue to Diaspora (D2D) Conference that was held in Rome, Italy agreed to form a body that would represent the concerns of Filipinos in Europe. Delegates from the fourteen European countries represented were selected to be part of the adhoc committee that would attend to ENFiD’s formalization and the European delegates agreed to form ENFiD entities when they return to their countries of residence. As the year proceeded, the representatives went on to form corresponding ENFiD affiliates in their own countries such as ENFiD-UK and ENFiD-Netherlands. D2D echoes across Italy, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and other European countries were held in fulfilment of the Rome Declaration giving birth to respective ENFiDs.

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Current Board members Gene Alcantara, Rohlee de Guzman, Oggie Maristela, Leonor Vintervoll, Dennis Mana-ay at the first press conference after the Dialogue to Diaspora (D2D) Global Conference which is the founding conference of ENFiD, Rome 29 September 2012. Photo credit, Marison Rodriguez

Stronger, steadfast and more determined 5 years on, we take this occasion to thank each of you for being an earnest part of ENFiD’s success. What began as a small group has risen up to stand tall with more than 17 member countries. ENFiD has countless achievements and accomplishments, which proved to be exceptionally productive in fulfilling its mission.

Our success story remains incomplete without the support of an excellent team. To the Board Members, Country Representatives, members, sponsors, donors and the general public, it is for your enthusiasm, support and dedication that have brought us to this height. ENFiD shall ever remain indebted to the contributions of its members and advocates. Not only have you made us a part of your lives but also helped us reach out to the world.

We plan to keep our mission growing with you and continue to provide you nothing less than the best. With your support, we wish to explore new heights this year.

To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we are going to launch the following:

Start of Registration for the ENFiD Annual European Regional Conference 2017

ENFiD will hold the Annual European Regional Conference on Sept. 29 to Oct.1 2017 in Essen, Germany. Essen, a city in the federal State of Northrhine Westfalia, was chosen by ENFiD Germany as the Conference’s venue since it is home to most Filipinos in Germany. The city is well known not only with the UNESCO’s Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex-the European’s Route of Industrial heritage but also as a European Capital of Culture as conferred in 2010. It is tagged as a European Green Capital because of its transformation from an industrial past to a Green City of today.

The Conference will be held at St. Altfrids Seminar, where the delegates will also be accommodated. Nearby cities from Essen are, Duisburg, Dortmund, Oberhausen, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Bonn. The Hon. Consul of Dublin, Mark Congdon , Ambassador Nathaniel Imperial of Tel-Aviv are invited as speakers, while Prof. Hein de Haas, UvA is the invited keynote speaker. Local politicians, the Lord Mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen and the governor of Northrhine Westfalia will also be invited to take part in the event. The conference will also be graced by our very own Philippine Ambassador to Germany MELITA STA. MARIA-THOMECZEK

This year’s conference is remarkable since ENFiD is also celebrating the 5th year since it’s formation in Rome. Another milestone that will mark the 5th foundation anniversary of ENFiD is the launching of Young ENFiD, ENFiD Environment Projects and the introduction of Arts and Culture as well as the Sport segment of ENFiD. A Youth Forum will be organized parallel to the ENFiD conference sessions in the afternoon of the first day. Ms. Melanie Cuizon, a long and active member of ALAEH in Germany and Ms. Regina Galias of CFO will be the speakers.

Planned to be invited are significant FilCom leaders and individuals around Europe. About 150 delegates are expected in the conference among them about 40 young delegates.

A Gala Dinner will be held in Hotel Gladbeck van der Valk on the 1st October showcasing talents of different country members. A night not only to enjoy the good food but also to enjoy the live band sing and dance to their sophisticated music. The raffle ticket will be drawn in between the program. Prizes are Paintings from our artistic Kababayans of the KUNST Gallery, third prize is a travel certificate worth 500€.

The registration will start on May 15, 2017, and it is on a first confirmed-first serve basis. Slots are only limited so that we encourage everyone to register as early as possible.

June 12: ENFiD Communications Revamp

In June, we are going to raise the curtain to the new ENFiD image, branding, and website design.

As part of the ongoing evolution of ENFiD’s brand and the services we provide, we are proud to announce that our organisation has grown and evolved over and we felt it was time for a change. Through an inspiring PR communications workshop and productive IT Team meetings and discussions, and we have refreshed our branding to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future.

ENFiD’s Branding

Our dedicated team has worked hard to redefine and strengthen ENFiD’s definition to be:

Open and up-to-date, ENFiD is a collaborative undertaking which promotes effective interconnectedness in the Euro-Pinoy community in order to affect relevant developments in Europe and the Philippines. It aims to stimulate the interest and raise critical consciousness of key issues, as well as encourage action, taking inspiration from European neighbours while adhering to its Filipino roots.

Website & Newsletter Design

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Our IT experts have also created a more engaging website “design language” to evoke a feeling of familiarity and aesthetic delight for our visitors who will now enjoy a clean, modern, easier to navigate, and user-friendly technology. As we continue to try to better serve our users, we have also updated the look of our newsletter ENFiD News and Views making it more contemporary, professional, rich in information, and ready to be used as a valuable resource.

We hope these changes will give our followers an opportunity to know us better and who we are as an organisation.

May 15: #ENFiDselfie Campaign

 

The online ENFiD hashtag campaign will be launched on May 15th.

What is a hashtag?

The hash symbol (#) turns a word or a group of words into a searchable link on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It also allows for organizing content and tracking discussion topics based on the keyword(s).

What is the purpose of the #ENFiDselfie campaign?

The PR Communications Strategy team created the hashtag #ENFIDselfie campaign to increase active participation among members, to provide regular updates to the member community, and to spread awareness of ENFiD through social media platforms.

This online campaign will take place from May 15th until the end of the conference in Essen in September, after which the PR team will evaluate its effectiveness based on the increase of Facebook and Instagram likes and followers, as well as visitors to the website.

How can members participate?

Members can easily participate by taking a selfie and inserting #ENFiDselfie in their caption.

Be imaginative! Take a selfie when…
Participating in ENFiD workshops, meetings, assemblies
Doing anything that is characteristically Filipino (ie. eating Filipino food)
Visiting famous European landmarks

Thank you once again for helping make this a great 5 years. Please join us in celebrating by taking part and getting involved in these anniversary projects. We will continue to keep the needs of the Euro-Filipino migrant community in mind as we grow.

Download the infosheet here: ENFiD-PR-Communications-Revamp