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The First Gender Training Held in Essen, Germany

ENFID AIMS TO BE A MODEL ORGANIZATION

The first Gender Training held in Essen, Germany 5-7 May 2017

Under the ENFID Gender and Leadership Programme

Amidst our rapidly changing world, ENFID aims to bring out the basic issues that humankind is struggling to deal with – respect and dignity. Under the leadership of ENFID Chair, Betsy Von Atzigen, the ENFID Gender and Leadership Program organized its first successful Gender Training which was participated by 25 representatives from ENFID Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The training session were conducted by Rohlee de Guzman and Rosalud de la Rosa last 5-7 May 2017. It was held in a beautiful and inspiring place where the upcoming General Assembly will be held at St. Alfrid Jugendhaus, Charlottenhofstrasse in Essen Germany.

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Both Rohlee and Rosalud have a longstanding career and background on gender going back from their women’s rights activism days during the First Global Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995. The two-day Training Session introduced key concepts and issues of what it means to become a gender aware individual, why it is important to be gender aware for our relationships and our society, the differences between sex and gender, where our current mindset about women and men come from, the roots of our gender socialization process starting from our childhood environment, the traditional gender stereotypes and the gender meaning for men, women, girls and boys and LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The training also touched up violence in all forms, respect for sexual orientation and gender identity and gender equality. Finally, the trainors challenged participants to reflect within oneself what it means to be an empowered – first, as an individual human being, second, reflect with their relationships with those closest to them, and third, as a leader within their own communities.

Since this was the first Gender training organized by ENFID, it was a great opportunity to discuss and debate the future training module that should be developed by ENFID for all of its members. It was also a great opportunity to make recommendations on how can ENFID Gender and Leadershp Programme can have an impact to the organization itself. For those interested, a detailed report is also available from the Secretariat.

The participants and organizers originally designed the Training Session to include Leadership Training, however, the timing felt short because of the constraints of flight schedules among participants. We felt that there was a dire need, if even more, for other participants to learn and hear more about leadership, and that was regretful. This shows a great interest among ENFIDers to become model leaders and gender aware! On a whole, the short two day training session achieved an important milestone for ENFID for having kick-started its Gender Training. It was a good learning process for the first ever training for the Gender and Leadership Programme of ENFID.

By the end of the Training Session, the trainers introduce an innovative tool called Gender Action Learning System (GALS) which allow each one to reflect on their own personal, family household and community objectives, how it relates to their roles and relationships at those levels. and the possibility to create and achieve their visions and dreams.

Mindful that each one of the participants and organizers dedicated their precious volunteer time and resources to make this initiative happen, it was an impressive group of dedicated 24 women and 2 men. Congratulations to all participants!

Philippine Independence Day 2017 Photos from across Europe

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Berlin

June 11 The Independence day celebration at the Heilig Geist church in Bayernallee,Berlin.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Czech Republic

ENFiD-CZ together with Philippine embassy staff during the Independence Day Celebration, 11 June 2017, St. Thomas Church Courtyard, Mala Strana Prague CZ.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - UK

ENFiD-UK Mass Celebration, 11 June 2017, Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church, London, UK

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Ireland

Book Launch of “From the Philippines to Ireland: A Voyage of Discovery” by Retired Journalist Vising Kennedy, 2 June 2017, Dublin, Ireland

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

National Alliance of Filipino Communities in Israel (NaFilCo Israel) Gala Dinner in Commemoration of 119th Philippine Independence, June 10, 2017 at Afecka Hall Tel Aviv, Israel

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Israel

Diplomatic Reception on the occassion of the Philippines 119th Independence Day and 60 years of Philippine-Israel Diplomatic Relation at Hilton Hotel Tel Aviv held June 15, 2017

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

119th Anniversary Independence Day of the Philippines in Rome

Philippine Independence Day 2017 - Italy

Celebrations for the 119th Day of Independence of Philippines with Filipino community in Rome, among faces, dances, traditional dress and friends

Here are some more pictures of the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebration from the Philippines and around the world:
Celebrations of Independence Day in various parts of the Philippines
Independence Day in pictures

The first implementation of the Learning and Development project of ENFiD Europe

Essen, Germany – May 2017: The first implementation of the Learning and Development project of ENFiD Europe

The ENFiD Board of Trustees, as well as members and guests from all over Europe gathered together for the Gender Awareness and Leadership Programme. The training was headed by Executive Director Rohlee de Guzman (Netherlands), Chairperson Betsy Von Atzigen (Switzerland) and Board member Rosalud de la Rosa (Italy).

The thorough and intelligent discussions regarding gender sensitivity and the sex/gender system were indeed eye-opening, aligning stereotypical perspectives with realities of modern society. In addition, participants engaged in a lively exchange of ideas, moderated by main speakers Rohlee and Rosalud.

Leadership

Aside from an opportunity to discuss gender-related issues, the programme provided a practical hands-on experience of leadership. I salute Chairperson Betsy for her calm and effective way of leading ENFiD Europe, considering the many challenges posed by its diversity. As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words– Betsy exemplifies qualities of a great and effective leader through her handling of ENFiD Europe.

We started developing the training programme weeks ahead, from the time we received the information. During preparation, we were reminded of the importance of communication as a two-way process. Replies to all forms of communication, including emails and text messages, were needed for the training program to come together. (So, take note everyone– please reply to messages as soon as you can!)

The programme had also shown what organised and great leaders we have in ENFiD. From the moment we arrived in Dusseldorf Airport, we were greeted with a warm welcome and driven to the Essen Consulate for a courtesy call. We were also treated to lunch at a posh resto before heading off to the venue at St. Alfrid. What a fantastic way of starting the weekend– Thank you ENFiD Deutschland! Danke!

On another note, the pairing of roommates from different ENFiD member countries proved to be a great idea. I had the loveable Manay Tess and, the German Chairperson herself, Emmalyn as my roomies . All participants had the chance to participate in late night group meetings to brainstorm future ENFiD Projects and to get to know each other better over a bottle of special brew. We were able to produce lots of creative ideas for future projects, so make sure to watch out for them!

Of course, the programme would not have been complete without the talent portion on ENFiD night. We have all agreed in ENFiD that Europe we will never be short and lacking of talent. We smashed it! The talent show was spectacular! See it for yourself when the next one comes.

To end the programme, a holy mass was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Zaldy Abong. A special prayer was offered to all leaders in church, in politics and in ENFiD.

Greenery, fresh air , environmentally friendly technology, on time activities, intellectual and practical discussions, well priced hydration, ambiance and camaraderie … The very diverse programme of the weekend provided a glimpse of what we have upcoming for the Annual General Meeting in Germany. You have done so well ENFiD Germany– see you at the AGM!

By Myla Arceno
ENFiD UK, Secretary
Coordinator, Arts and Culture
ENFiD-EUROPE

ENFiD Statement: ENFiD IS AN OPEN ORGANIZATION

Download the pdf version here: ENFiD-is-an-open-organisation

 

ENFiD  IS AN OPEN ORGANISATION

 

ENFiD is non-political, non-sectarian 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.

Let it be known that members of ENFiD are a mixture of supporters and non-supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. As ENFiD, we believe that individual members have the freedom to express their (political) opinion on a personal level. However, let this be clear to all that these individual positions of various ENFiD members are NOT THE POSITION OF ENFID.

The Board of Directors of ENFiD deplores the current malicious, unfounded attacks to ENFiD in social media where ENFiD is accused of being the European arm of the Liberal Party (the yellowist) and of being funded by US-based Filipino philanthropist, Attorney Loida Nicolas. Both are not true. These accusations were based on the attendance of Mr. Gene Alcantara, the former Chair of ENFiD, at a protest rally organized by anti-Duterte groups in Paris. Mr. Alcantara was there as a journalist-correspondent of ABS-CBN and not as an ENFiD representative. ENFiD was not represented in that rally.

ENFiD is an open organization. It welcomes all Euro-Pinoys from all political colors, from any religion, from all background, as long as one adheres to principles of democracy and respect for one another.

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 which we subscribe to.

Signed:

 

The Board of Directors of ENFiD

13 June 2017

 

Previous ENFID Statement on Yellow Arm

Check out our upcoming General Assembly and Conference in Germany

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[ENFID – Germany e.V.] was officially registered on December 22, 2016

The European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFID) – Germany e.V. was officially registered on December 22, 2016 with members from the Filipino communities of Berlin,  Bremen, Hamburg,  North Rhine-Westphalia, and Bavaria. It was registered by the local court in the city of Bochum, which is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state. Most Filipinos in Germany live in NRW.

The organization has the following board members: Emmalyn Liwag Kotte (Chairperson / Country Representative), Tessie Wilms (Deputy Chairperson) Audris Umel (Secretary), Ruby Anna Tupaz Bengtsson (Deputy Secretary), Dorcas Reyes Poloczek (Treasurer), Evelyn Mueschen (Deputy Treasurer),     Mary Grace Schardin (Public Relations Officer),  and Grace Sheela Pickert (Deputy Public Relations Officer).

ENFID-Germany members elected Maite Hontiveros Dittke as its auditor at its official founding meeting in Essen on October 7, 2016. Elected as honorary members were Milagros Wandelt of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Essen and former ENFID – Germany leaders Virgilio Cuizon and  Rodrigo Maristella.

Cuizon and Maristela are former presidents of ALA EH e.V., (Association Lending Assistance in Exigencies at Home), a charity  organization based in Essen that has been cited   (LINKAPIL, 2006) for its projects in the Philippines. Both are recipients of the Philippine government’s Banaag Award, which is given to Filipino individuals or associations for their significant contributions to particular sectors  or for having advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities.

Most members  of Enfid-Germany are active leaders of Filipino migrants‘  organizations and Catholic communities in their respective regions. Members also include graduate students, health care practitioners and media workers.

ENFID-Germany is part of the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFID) that started after the Diaspora2Dialogue conference in Rome in 2012,  a non-partisan, non-profit, non-sectarian civil society organization of Overseas Filipinos. It seeks to promote a sense of Filipino “nationhood” away from home; inculcate a strong sense of shared destiny and aspirations among its members and be a catalyst for addressing social, cultural, educational, economic and integration concerns among Filipinos in Europe.

ENFID is registered in Malta (Reg. VO/0885) and the European Union Transparency Registry. Its members are organized through national  country member organizations headed by their respective country representatives. It  also has members in Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom,  the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Denmark, Greece, Malta, Ireland and in Israel.

The ENFID Secretariat is presently based at Meendaal 230, 6228 GS Maastricht, the Netherlands and is governed by the Board of Directors through its Executive Director Rohlee de Guzman. Enfid-Germany has its postal address at Dibergstr 57, 44789 Bochum.

Visit ENFiD-Germany website

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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

Euro-Pinoy Youth Working Group meeting in Poppel, Belgium

Euro-Pinoy Youth Working Group meeting in Poppel, Belgium

As agreed during the Skype Conference of the Working Group (WG) of Euro-Pinoy Youth on the 9th of December 2016, a “face2face” meeting of the group was held on Easter weekend, 14-15-16 April 2017, in Poppel, a Belgian town near the northern border with the Netherlands.

Under the supervision of Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director, a group of eight people from different corners of Europe- the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Italy and UK- from 18 to 48 years old, gathered to discuss about the situation of the young Filipinos in Europe, but also to plan the launch of the YENFiD (Young ENFiD) with the special Youth Forum within the European Regional Conference of ENFiD in Essen on 30 September- 1 October this year.

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The first day was dedicated to the socialization of the youngsters and a round of their “expectations check” for the three-day meeting. Then there was a presentation of ENFiD (its history, aims and present status) and a general overview about the role of the Youth within the ENFiD structure. At the end of the day, representatives of ENFiD Netherlands gave a warm welcome to the WG and treated us to a sumptuous Filipino dinner.

The second day started with a levelling-off session conducted by Ms. Rohlee about the Philippine history and a presentation of the Migration Waves of the Filipinos all over the world, from the end of the 19th century until now. Then the Working Group discussed about the features of a Euro-Pinoy Youth, their interests and concerns, the issues they face in the different European countries, with consideration to the different stories behind each Euro-Pinoy. After this, we had a planning session of the activities by and dedicated to the Euro-Pinoy youth during the next ENFiD Conference and General Assembly.

In the third and last day, the WG brainstormed on ideas for a logo of YENFiD. The meeting closed with recommendations for the next Two-Year Action Plan for 2018-2019 of ENFiD which would be submitted for deliberation to the ENFiD Essen meeting. Then again the representatives of ENFiD Netherlands joined the WG and together we celebrated the gathering of these 8 youngsters and also celebrated Easter.

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In conclusion, the expectations of all the members of the WG were more than satisfied and at the end, this group was no more only a “Working Group”, but also a “Bunch of Friends”.

Allen Magsino, Italy

[ENFiD] Board Member Receives Banaag Award

ENFiD Board Member Mr. Rodrigo Maristela Receives Banaag Award

The European Network of Filipino Diaspora family congratulates Mr. Rodrigo Maristela for receiving the Banaag Award – one of the Presidential awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. Banaag Award is conferred on Filipino individuals or organizations for their significant contribution to advance the cause or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities.

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Oggie or Megaoggie as known to many, has been working as a head nurse at the St. Josef Hospital in Essen, Germany since 1991. He is best known in the Filipino community of Germany as a musical performer, a German boyband member, stage director and trainer, event organizer and a successful community leader.

In his starting years in Germany, he has been involved as Program Director and Master of Ceremonies of various gala nights and charity events held annually by ALA EH (Association Lending Assistance in Exigencies at Home e.V.) organization. Proceeds of these events are used by ALA EH to support its long term “Help Build the Philippines Project“. Classrooms, health centers, sanitary toilets, deep wells and multi-purpose rooms for marginalized Philippine communities have been built through this project.

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On 2009, he became the President of ALA EH and this lasted for 4 years. He became more involved in helping the Filipino Community when he met more individuals and organizations in Europe in the Diaspora to Dialogue in Rome, Italy in 2012. Afterwhich, he represented Germany’s Philippine community in different Filipino Summits across the globe.

The biggest project that he is very proud of is when he initiated and lead the fund raising for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. 1 Million Pesos was raised by this collaborative project between ALA EH and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). This became the starting capital of La Purisima Shrine Credit Cooperative in Palo, Leyte, which now has a membership of 127 families.

Beyond this, he is also an active sponsor to support the World Vision children. For him, it is one of the most personal way to support children in education especially those living in poor-stricken areas in the Philippines.

As he becomes a role model to many, these were his few words: “Huwag mag-expect palagi ng kapalit. Magtrabaho at tumulong ng taos sa puso.” (When helping, do not expect anything. Work and help sincerely)

[ENFiD] Leadership and Gender Development Training in Essen, Germany

Why train? Why learn?

One coffee break on a cold morning, I came across a young colleague who looked at me in the eye and remarked: Why waste time and resources on training? It’s costly and hardly brings tangible results.

The question literally put a brake on my learning cum development wired-mind and instead of being shocked, I blurted out in a good laugh! She joined me. I turned to her and muttered «Yeah, why are we training, huh? Lots of prep time, organization, hard earned which could be used for better stuff like holiday and sightseeing, bonding or good projects.“

Then she pulled back and said, „Hold on, actually last time we trained, I felt like my level of confidence and competence went up by a nudge and my motivation too. I felt lighter, like I’ve grown, developed and did better at work.“

Oh, I added, so there was intangible result then?

She added, „Actually, just between the 2 of us, I used to make casual mistakes on the job but after the learning sessions , I became more conscious of the details and never repeated those mistakes.

Ahhh, so here come the tangible results.

Leadership Training

Ever asked yourself Why train? Why learn? Why is ENFiD-Europe investing on learning and development ? Here are my answers. What’s yours?

  • Increases ENFiD competence
  • Increases ENFiD confidence
  • Enhances individual morale and ENFiD satisfaction
  • Makes better able to assimilate ENFiD change
  • Reduces errors, mistakes and misunderstandings
  • Brings ENFiD together to bond while hearing a common message
  • Gives ENFiD the opportunity to share experience, ideas, thoughts, recommendations and solutions
  • Shows a dramatic and direct relationship between training and increased ENFiD engagement, retention
  • Generates an expectation of growth, change and development for a better ENFiD Europe
  • Makes ENFiD robust in time of adversity as well as progress
  • It’s a sure path to ENFiD expansion and maturity.

Now unto something concrete. We’re inviting you ENFiD-EU BOD, Country Representatives and Leaders to a customized LEADERSHIP and GENDER DEVELOPMENT

  • on February 10-12, 2017 arrive 5PM Friday, depart 2PM Sunday
  • in Jugendhaus St. Altfrid
    Charlottenhofstrasse 61, 45219 Essen, Germany
    Tel. (+49) 02054 93760-0
    altfrid@bistum-essen.de http://altfrid.de
  • Sponsor- subsidized Training Cost: Euro 75
  • by ENFiD BOD Trainer‘s Team

Leadership Training

Shall we stock up on above and look to an ENFiD-Europe we can all belong to?
Email betsy.vonatzigen@enfid.org to register latest by 8 December 2016, limited to 25 participants. Sponsor-subsidized cost includes 2 nights’ accommodation: bed, beddings, towels, meals + coffee,fruits, biscuits, internet connection and conference facilities.

Download the flyer here: Leadership Training

[ENFiD-Germany] Spotted in Germany: June 2016

Enfid Germany joined the Filipino community in the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day that took place in Essen on June 13, 2016. The event was organized by the Pilippine Honorary Consulate General in Essen. Ms Marianne Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of Air Asia Philippines, graced the event. She
shared information about the Global Summit of Women that she recently attended
in Warsaw, Poland.

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If you need more information about the Global Summit of Women, please visit this Website:https://globewomen.org/globalsummit/.