Invitation to FSMM-FAP Collaborative Summit

We have come together, resolved to unite Fil-Ams and Filipinos in diaspora everywhere for a Better Philippines for the Love of God and Love of Country.

Foreign Surgical Medical Missions – Fil-Am Patriots Collaborative

Cordially invites you

to a

Summit Meeting

on

Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00AM to 12 Noon

Hosted by The North Central – Virginia Association of Philippine Physicians

in Richmond, Virginia

(Details to follow)

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP or by August 30, 2015 at the latest.

 
“Filipinos United for a Better Philippines for Love of God and Love of Country”

 

MISSION STATEMENT:


TO FOSTER COLLABORATION, COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP AMONGST FSMM GROUPS, FILIPINO ORGANIZATIONS, PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND ITS AGENCIES, PHILIPPINE BASED COLLEAGUES, HOSPITALS, MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS, TO DELIVER MORE EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE TO OUR POOR AND ALL FILIPINOS, IMPROVE LOCAL HEALTH EDUCATION, FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY.

VISION:

TO BRING PEACE, PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY TO THE PHILIPPINES AND ALL FILIPINOS THROUGH ALTRUISTIC AND SELFLESS SERVICE AS ABOVE, AS GOD'S INTRUMENTS  TO HELP TRANSFORM PHILIPPINE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION INTO ONE OF INTEGRITY, INDUSTRY, CHRISTIAN COMPASSION AND CHARITY.
 

Foreign Surgical /Medical Missions-Fil-Am Patriots Collaborative Summit

 8:00AM Saturday, September 19, 2015 Richmond Virginia

Tentative PROGRAM

I Call to Order

 II Invocation

 III Welcome

 IV Foreign Surgical/Medical Mission to the Philippines: Opportunities for Service  and Commitment to Make our Country Better

 V DOH Administrative Order, December 23, 2012 – The Latest. Rules and Regulations governing FSMM

 VI Report from the Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisis, Jr., (Other Gov't Reps)

 VII Sustainable Private-Public Partnerships in the Philippines

 VIII Unifying FilAm Patriots – What will it take?

 IX Carrying On with the Mission in the Future

 A) Inspiring our Youth and Young Adults

Group Discussion: Topics: VII, VIII and IX

Group Reports

X Mandate for the Future:

A) Action Points

B) Organization and Structure

    1. Level Playing Field VS. Standard Officers

    2. Election

    3. Next Meeting

 XI Adjourn 


Source:

E Abay II, MD, FACS
Neurosurgery
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Pioneering Teacher Loline Lualhati-Reed Laid To Rest In London

Source:

Melissa Legarda Alcantara
Inquirer.Net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/124840/pioneering-teacher-loline-lualhati-reed-laid-to-rest-in-london

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Loline Lualhati Reed, 1942-2015 CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

LONDON — A beloved Filipina pioneer and teacher, Loline Lualhati Reed, who dedicated her life to promoting international relations with the Philippines and improving the lives of Filipino migrant workers abroad, passed away at the age of 72. Her funeral took place here in London on June 16.

After suffering a brain aneurysm on the evening of May 25 2015, Loline slipped into a coma and did not regain consciousness. She was transferred to hospital and placed on life support while doctors searched for possible transplant patients, because she had wished to be an organ donor.

In the morning of May 27, when it became apparent that no suitable recipients could be found, due to her rare blood type for the UK, the hospital withdrew Loline’s life support. She passed away peacefully and without pain, surrounded by her immediate family of husband Kenneth, children James and Diana, and her son-in-law Nicolas.

Following Loline’s passing, Kenneth told his children, “She had a good life, a good death, and we all got to be there.”

Loline was born in 1942 in Taal, Batangas, at the ancestral house of her relative Marcela Mariño de Agoncillo. She was one of the original members of the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines and later taught at the Philippine Women’s University in Manila.

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LAR (fourth from left) with Bayanihan, Theatre du Paris, January 1962.

In 1967, she married Dr. Kenneth Reed, an Australian micropaleontologist, at Malate Church, before moving to Lagos in Nigeria, where he worked for an oil company and she worked at the Philippine Embassy. Together the couple had two children, Diana and James, who are both based in the UK.

Loline was widely regarded for her invaluable contributions to helping Filipinos establish themselves in Europe, and especially in Britain. She was known for her passionate work as a board member of the Global Filipinos Diaspora Council, as president of the Inter-Cultural Society of London, as chairman of Welcome to London International Club and chairman of the Overseas Women’s Club.

Loline also co-founded the Filipino Women’s Association in the UK, and was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) in the Philippines. Loline and her husband, Kenneth, hosted student participants at their own home when they came to compete in London ESU contests.

In the 1980s, Loline initiated and actively participated in campaigns against Philippine sex tourism and the trafficking of women and children. Through these campaigns, she became acquainted with the founding members of OFW charity, Kalayaan, in its fledgling days. Six years later, as the collapse of the Marcos dictatorship loomed, Loline was one of the two people who inaugurated the “Vote Aquino” campaign in Europe.

Loline’s tremendous accomplishments for her country did not go unnoticed. In 2006, she was honored with the Banaag Presidential Award, closely followed by the Nicanor Reyes Medal for Outstanding Work in International and National Service from the Far Eastern University of the Philippines in 2008; she received the Hall of Fame and CAPA Awards from the Philippine Women’s University.

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Lualhati Reed (in front) with Bayanihan, Itik-Itik at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway.

Loline’s daughter, Diana, set up a Facebook page in tribute to her mother’s memory. Hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances shared moving and personal memories of Loline, the warmhearted Filpina woman who touched their lives.

“I first met Loline when she helped organize ‘East Meets West,’ a concert featuring Ballet Manila,” wrote one family friend. “She worked very hard and was always very kind… A true lady and patron of the arts… a loving mother [and] a devoted wife… Thank you so much for the so many lives you have enriched just by knowing you.”

A fellow alumna of Far Eastern University recalled how Loline “would always find time to visit or help her alma mater whether by helping prepare current students to compete in the English Speaking Union or sponsoring expeditions to study the Tamaraw [in Mindoro].”

A former student praised Loline’s dedication and patience as her high school teacher. “Our class was very fortunate to have the then Ms. Loline Lualhati as our teacher in Literature,” they wrote with fondness. “She was a very good, understanding and accommodating teacher, that’s why she was well loved by her students… Ma’am Loline, I know you are happy where you are now. It’s been a great opportunity to have known you. Thank you, thank you.”

On June 17, 2015, Loline’s friends and family gathered at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, London for her funeral. A tribute event in her honor will be held in London later in the year.


Source:

Melissa Legarda Alcantara
Inquirer.Net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/124840/pioneering-teacher-loline-lualhati-reed-laid-to-rest-in-london

 

Internet voter registration system rolled-out for Filipinos in Asia Pacific

Source:
The Filipino Australian Staff
June 17, 2015

MANILA — The online system for voter registration, iREHISTRO, is now implemented in Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) missions in the Asia Pacific Region, the DFA announced recently.

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The system is a collaboration of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the DFA Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) which provides another way of accomplishing forms for voter registration related process.iREHISTRO is available in the following Foreign Service Posts (FSPs): Philippine Embassies in Bangkok, Brunei, Canberra, Dhaka, Dili, Hanoi, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Vientiane, Wellington, Yangon plus the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Osaka and Sydney.

“iREHISTRO is a historical evolution of the Philippine electoral process,” the DFA-OVS said.

Prospective applicants still have to appear personally at Foreign Service Posts or Mobile/Field registration sites, to sign and submit their duly accomplished printed form, and for biometrics capturing. In addition, the processed applications still have to be approved by the Resident Election Registration Board (RERB).

The COMELEC and DFA-OVS tested the technology last November 2014 in the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. The test was concluded in January 2015 with successful results.

Following the successful testing in Madrid, the COMELEC approved the implementation of iREHISTRO for the entire Foreign Service.

Regional training for Voter Registration Machine Operators in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Americas region has recently been completed.

Overseas Filipinos in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa region now have the option of filling up the forms from the comfort of their homes, workplace, internet café, or anywhere they have access to reliable internet connection.

The optional appointment feature of the system allows for better time management since it provides them an easy way to schedule their personal appearance at a FSP or Mobile/Field registration site.

FSPs also benefit from iREHISTRO. The optional appointment system if and when used can accurately inform the Post on how many registrants to expect on a given day, thus giving them a heads up on how to adjust for the walk-ins.

In addition, planning for outreach and Akyat Barko activities is made easier by the advance and relatively accurate head count. Efficiency is enhanced due to faster processing time resulting to potentially more registrants per day, with higher “customer satisfaction”.

All Filipino citizens who expect to be in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa during the thirty day (April 9 – May 9) overseas voting period for the 2016 national elections, at least 18 years old on  May 9, 2016, and not otherwise disqualified by law may now go to www.irehistro.com or www.comelec.gov.ph to access the iREHISTRO System to register as an overseas voter.

The voter registration period ends on October 31, 2015.


Source:
The Filipino Australian Staff
http://www.thefilipinoaustralian.com/news/index.php/2015/06/17/internet-voter-registration-system-rolled-out-for-filipinos-in-asia-pacific/
June 17, 2015

 

Maria Castaneda, Global FWN100™ '14, Honored by New York Immigration Coalition

Source:

Filipina Women's Network (FWN)
http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/epahayagan/maria-castaneda-global-fwn100-14d-honored-by-new-york-immigration-coalition?utm_source=FWN+News+%26+Updates&utm_campaign=677fc45368-ePahayagan_+*|RSSFEED%3ADATE|*&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_43e2304caa-677fc45368-341672113&goal=0_43e2304caa-677fc45368-341672113&mc_cid=677fc45368&mc_eid=5217a3ee44

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"I just want to use my organization, my position, to inspire other Filipinos, other women, other workers to step up because we have so much to do as immigrants. We have to win immigration reform," Maria Castaneda said. Photo credit: GMA Network.

Maria Castaneda, 119SEIU Healthcare Workers East Secretary-Treasurer, received an award from New York Immigration Coalition during their 2015 Gala for her role as a driving force for immigrants and workers rights through her union. Maria Castaneda is the highest ranking Asian American woman labor leader in the U.S.

Upon accepting the award, Ms. Castaneda said, "I am honored to be recognized by the New York Immigration Coalition, whose work bringing a broad range of stakeholders to the table to advance immigrant rights is critical. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is a proud member of the Coalition. With over 400,000 members, many of whom are immigrants, in New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are the largest local union in the world. In our work to improve and expand quality patient care, and protect the lives of our members and their families, immigrant rights is at the forefront of our mission. I accept this award knowing that together we will continue to fight for immigrant rights because it will improve our economy and raise standards for all working people."

Castaneda said immigrant rights are at the forefront of her mission and wants to use her organization and position to inspire other Filipinos, other women, other workers to step up because we have to win immigration reform.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill as well as President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, are all on hold. But Castaneda said she remains hopeful.

"Yes, it is frustrating because the DACA and DAPA are really good for the community, giving immigrants the rights to have work authorization. It’s really good for the community," she said.

Castaneda said she plans to continue to fight for immigrant rights because she believes that it will not only help the economy, it will also raise the living standards for all working people in the US.

Source:

Filipina Women's Network (FWN)
http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/epahayagan/maria-castaneda-global-fwn100-14d-honored-by-new-york-immigration-coalition?utm_source=FWN+News+%26+Updates&utm_campaign=677fc45368-ePahayagan_+*|RSSFEED%3ADATE|*&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_43e2304caa-677fc45368-341672113&goal=0_43e2304caa-677fc45368-341672113&mc_cid=677fc45368&mc_eid=5217a3ee44

 

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