GLOBAL SUMMIT OF FILIPINOS IN THE DIASPORA
The Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora is a biennial CFO activity which aims to highlight best practices of diaspora engagement since the launch of the D2D flagship program in September 2011. The Summit serves as one of the largest convergence of community leaders of Philippine associations worldwide. Participants include former Presidential awardees, leaders and conveners of the Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) and other global Filipino networks, representatives from migration-related Philippine government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), academe, private sector and multi-lateral agencies. The CFO intends to institutionalize and maximize OFs' involvement in the socio-cultural and economic development of the Philippines through ten (10) major areas of interventions including skills and technology transfer, arts and culture exchange, educational exchange, business linkages, diaspora investments, global legal assistance advocacy, and return and reintegration. The Summit also hopes to strengthen networking activity among OFs' in the different regions of the world and accelerate participation of second and third generation OFs' in the country’s development initiatives.
In keeping with the commitments expressed in the 1st Global Summit in the Philippines, the CFO conducts region-specific summits in between the worldwide gatherings. The 1st Conference of Filipinos in Europe was conducted in Rome, Italy on September 2012. It was an unprecedented continent-wide dialogue on the Filipino migrant community’s concerns and their desire to help in the development of their host and home countries. It provided a framework for Filipino communities to interact and work together to address issues, encourage participation, empower migrants and strengthen the Filipino diaspora’s capacity to integrate with the host country and re-engage with the Motherland.
The 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora was again successfully conducted last February 25-27, 2013 at the Dusit Thani Manila with the theme, “Two Years Thereafter: The Best of the Philippine Diaspora” and the tagline “Balikbayanihan para sa Inang Bayan.” There were 600 participants from eight regions of the world.
Moving forward, the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora was held on February 25-27, 2015 at the Manila Hotel with the theme, “Vision and Action for the Filipino Diaspora 2015 and Beyond” and the tagline “Sumali at makibahagi sa pagbabalik ng mga bayani! Ang kakayahan at kaalaman, ibalik sa bayan! Magbalik-bayanihan tayo!”.