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ENFiD Statement: ENFiD IS AN OPEN ORGANIZATION

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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

 

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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

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[ENFiD] Infotainment: Culture Show, Concert, and Financial Literacy in Sweden and Norway

Infotainment: Culture Show and Concert featuring the basics of Financial Literacy and Social Remittances in Stockholm, Oslo and Stavanger

On October 15, during the culminating activity of the Filipino Culture Week held in the oldest cinema house of Stockholm, Zita Folkets Bio, a presentation about the basic concepts of Financial Literacy and Social Remittances (Finlit/Socrem) was given by ENFiD’s Executive Director, Rohlee de Guzman. This event was attended by 110 participants.

Ms. De Guzman is a Financial Literacy trainer since 2010 after following trainings in Turin, Italy and Bochum, Germany organized by Atikha. She emphasizes the importance of Social Remittances and not only financial remittances as major contribution of migrants to their home country.

ENFiD Sweden headed by Chairperson Liberty Fajutrao, and Philippine Center Sweden headed by Rachel Hansen are the organizers of the weeklong Culture Week that ran from 11-16 October in Stockholm.

See the full details of the Stockholm program here: ENFiD-WU Stockholm Program

The program of this culminating activity consisted of awarding of the winners of the competitions (cooking and painting), various Filipino dances and songs, a fashion show of traditional Filipino costumes including those made of Filipino fibers and speeches connecting culture and money. An input with critical points on Euro-Pinoys’ (Filipino in general) attitude and behavior regarding money was given and introduction on the concepts of savings and investment was presented. Also the concept of social entrepreneurship and the call to support and promote local social enterprises of migrants was discussed. Examples of these social enterprises was also presented such as the Soro-soro Ibaba Development Cooperative, the Lugawe Multipurpose Cooperative and Ekolife.

The risks of sending money through informal channels was also presented against sending remittances through formal channels.
The representative of Western Union, Ms. Zeny Abbaspour presented the new program of Western Union of sending remittances via internet. This means there is no need for a Western Union office or agent as conduit because people can just remit in the comfort of their homes anytime they want.

The participants were very interested to know more about savings and investments. ENFiD Sweden will consider planning a financial literacy training with discussions on social remittances for 2017 so that a more in-depth discussion with workshops can be had. Ms. Zeny Abbaspour offered to support an ENFiD training by arranging a free venue in Botkyrka Kommun, a town just outside of Stockholm where she works.

Some participants expressed their interest to join ENFiD after seeing what ENFiD has to offer.

This is the fourth year that the Filipino Culture Festival was organized originally by the Philippine Center Sweden and later together with ENFiD Sweden. The whole week features various cultural activities aimed at promoting the Filipino Culture and Arts not only among Filipinos but among the Swedish too. At the culminating day the following awards were presented: the Pinoy Chef 2016 Award, Pinoy Artist 2016 Award, Pinoy Photographer 2016 Award, Hall of Fame Award for Cultural Achievement. The recipients of the awards received cash prizes. A lottery draw with two grand prizes, a round trip ticket to any European City and a Door- to- Door Box also highlighted the event.

This event is made possible with support from
Western Union

Meanwhile in Norway similar introductory lectures on financial literacy and social remittances will be held in Oslo on November 26 and in Stavanger on November 30 in the events dubbed, ‘Money Makes the World Go Round”. The lectures will cover social remittances/ social costs of migration, introduction to the concepts of savings and investments, opportunities and strategies for local economic development in the Philippines through social enterprises particularly the biogas digester project of ENFiD. The lectures which will be held at the Christiania Qvartalet Restaurant in Oslo will be followed by a gala dinner and a concert by ENFiD’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Ms. Stephanie Reese. About 60-75 people are expected to be present in this event which is being organized by ENFiD Norway Board Member Leonor Vintervoll.

Take a look at the Oslo flyer here: ENFiD-WU Oslo Program

In Stavanger, this event will be held at the residence of Honorary Consul and ENFiD Board Member Renee Ikdal in Randaberg. About 25-35 participants, mostly engineers, are expected to be present. A buffet dinner and informal networking will follow after the lectures.

Download the Stavanger flyer here: ENFiD-WU Stavanger Program

All these introductory financial literacy/ social remittances events in Stockholm, Oslo and Stavanger are made possible with support from Western Union.

[ENFiD-Sweden] Spotted in Sweden: December 2015

ENFiD Sweden co-hosts the 3rd Philippine Culture Festival in Stockholm
By Rachel Hansen

Every last week of October, a 5-day Filippinsk Kulturfestival takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. Hosting this traditional event are ENFiD Sweden and Philippine Center Sweden.

News and Views article photo Dec 2015

This year started with a Culinary Arts Competition, which is a first time event, with four enthusiastic contestants, followed by a 4-day Art Exhibition with six artists participants and a Photographic Exhibition with two photographer contestants.

On the 5th day, a typical Filipino Cultural Show, with Kundiman songs and Folk dances, and a colourful Fashion Show & Award Ceremony were presented to an appreciative and happy audience. Rachel Hansen, Vice Chair & PR Director of ENFiD Europe and ENFiD Sweden Country Rep was the master of ceremonies.
Fiona Z. Ganeteg was the guest Kundiman singer and the Euro-Asian Dance Group were the guest folk dancers. A fashion show of Filipiniana attires collection from Northern to Sourthern Philippines was a delightful feast for the eyes.

We congratulate the following kababayans for winning the much-coveted awards for 2015.
Dan Mayor – Filipino Masterchef of the Year Award
Katrina Larida – Artist of the Year Award
Lilyneth Yu Wennlid – Photographer of the Year Award

A thousand thanks to Liberty Fajutrao, Chair, ENFiD Sweden, for securing the wonderful Art & Photographic Exhibition venue for free and for ENFiD Sweden Board of Director, May Ann Rafael for handling the Art & Photographic Exhibition. Letty Simpson for donating the 1st prize round trip raffle ticket, Rowena Honkanen, ENFiD Board of Director, Juliet Lindström and Tommy Malkan for donating the many raffle prizes.

The 4th Philippine Culture Festival 2016 will take place in October 10-15.

[ENFiD] What is Wrong with Overseas Filipinos

Presented by Gene Alcantara, ENFID Chairman on the 2nd Filipino European Overseas Conference in Malta v.20150801 (latest)

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Presented by Gene Alcantara, ENFID Chairman in the 3rd Global Summit in Manila, Philippines v.20150224

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[ENFiD] and ENFiD-UK presents Appellation of Origin in London. September 10.

Appellation of Origin: The Philippines is organised to celebrate the Philippine artistry and imagination in the form of crafts unique to Philippine culture.

Appellation of Origin: the Philippines is a project of WELL (Work, Environment & Lifelong Learning) Trust; Ajos Trust; ENFiD: European Network of Filipino Diaspora and ENFID UK.

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[ENFiD] The 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest Winners

Article written by Rachel Hansen
Photos courtesy of JJ Formento

 

The 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest was launched to coincide with the 2nd European Regional Overseas Filipino Conference in Malta held last July 31-August 3.

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An overwhelming number of entries from 44 Euro-Pinoys were submitted and the first three essays which garnered the highest points were proclaimed the winners. The announcement and the prize-giving ceremony took place at the ENFiD Cultural Evening held at the Catholic Institute Auditorium in Floriana, Malta last August 1st 2015.

The purpose of the Contest was to engage as many Euro-Pinoys as possible in ENFiD objectives as well as to examine their roles in Europe’s multicultural environment. The essayists were asked to provide an entry on the following topics:

1 My cultural life before and after being an Overseas Filipino
2 My profession, work habits/ethics before and after working in Europe
3 How much do I know about Europe (or my adopted country)?
4 Am I am better individual as Euro-Pinoy (i.e. living, studying and working in Europe)?

Four judges were handpicked meticulously to choose the winners based on a selection criteria such as Creativity, Structure, Adherence to Topic, Grammar, Length and “Wow!” factor.

The top 10 essays that received the highest points were subjected to a second reading, and the judges engaged in a measured discussion of the essays content and value, before finally voting on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning entries. It was a tough task for the judges to say the least.

The 1st prize went to Jaye de la Cruz-Bekema from the Netherlands, the 2nd prize to Marj Akil of the United Kingdom and the 3rd prize to Richelle A. Craw from the Czech Republic.

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Rohlee de Guzman, ENFID-NL, receives the award in behalf of the 1st place ENFiD Essay Writing Contest winner: Jaye Dela Cruz-Bekema

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Amelia Alado, ENFiD-UK, receives the award in behalf of the 2nd place ENFiD Essay Writing Contest winner: Marj Akil

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Richelle Anne Craw, 3rd place winner of the 1st ENFiD Essay Writing Contest receives her award with Ambassador Lecaros, 1st Secretary and Consul General Jed Dayang, and Marison Rodriguez (ENFiD-CZ)

The 1st prize winner received 700 EUR cash, one week stay in Tagaytay Condo for 2 and weekend stay in a 5-star hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast.

The 2nd prize winner received 500 EUR cash, weekend stay in Tagaytay Condo for 2 and weekend stay in hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast

The 3rd prize winner received 300 EUR cash, weekend stay in hotel for 2 in Manila with breakfast.

ENFiD is planning to hold an Essay Writing Contest annually on different themes.

 

[ENFiD] Visit irehistro.info

“Sharing a site that contains everything that absentee voters, overseas workers, seafarers, expatriates, Pinoys with dual citizenship, Pinoys who have re-acquired or retained Filipino citizenship under RA 9225 need to know to be able to vote in the May 2016 national elections.

The deadline for registration is October 31, 2015.  Time is of the essence.

Please share with your friends and groups.

http://irehistro.info

 

Comprehensive info for Filipino overseas workers and expats about how to register and vote in May 2016 national elections.”

Moreover, here’s a video about overseas absentee voting: http://enfid.org/overseas-absentee-voting-information-campaign/