“Always a Beacon of Light and Hope”

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the first Filipino-Canadian appointed to the Senate of Canada, Senator Tobias C. Enverga, Jr.

An exemplar of Filipino excellence, Senator Enverga’s appointment to a high-level position in the Canadian government in 2012 was hailed by the Philippine government and the Filipino communities across Canada.

Known affectionately as “Jun”, Senator Enverga’s sudden death on November 16, 2017 during a parliamentary visit to Colombia shocked his family, friends, Filipino communities across Canada, and his colleagues from the Senate of Canada.

Beyond his Presidential Citation in 2008, Senator Enverga was a demonstration of a true patriot through his continued charitable assistance for his fellow Filipinos.


Speaker George J. Furey of the Senate of Canada, described Senator Enverga as “a fierce advocate for persons with disabilities and a tireless champion for multiculturalism.” “He was respected by all of his colleagues for his kindness, his warm sense of humour, and his unparalleled work ethic,” Furey added.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Senator Enverga. “As a Senator, he continued to actively promote the values of multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusiveness. He was well respected by colleagues in both Houses of Parliament,” Trudeau conveyed.

In his statement, Trudeau mentioned the accolades the senator received for his advocacies and charitable involvements, including the 2008 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas conferred to him by then Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “For his efforts, Senator Enverga was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and recognized by the President of the Philippines with the ‘Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino’ presidential award in 2008,” Trudeau added.

2008 Presidential Awardee

Senator Enverga was a recipient of the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award in 2008, a category under the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. It is conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines.


In 2008, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo conferred to Senator Enverga his Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award for his continuous service to his roots in the Philippines. Also present in the ceremony were former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and former CFO Executive Director Jennifer O. Gonzales.

The Presidential Awards give recognition to Filipinos and other individuals or organizations that contribute to Philippine development and progress, or promote the interests of overseas Filipino communities. The awards are also given to Filipinos overseas who have distinguished themselves in their profession and have brought honor to the Filipino people.

It is with great sadness that we lost one of the most admired Filipinos. May his life and passion to serve others continue to inspire and move us to commit our lives to something bigger than oneself.

As a tribute to his inspiring showmanship of love for both his countrymen in the Philippines and in Canada, CFO is sharing the profile of Senator Enverga that was published in the 2008 souvenir book of the Presidential Awards.

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