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Migration Advocacy and Media Awards
Monday, 01 August 2011 13:10    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

MAMThe Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) has announced the opening of nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.

Conceived in 2011, by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines, which was chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co-chaired by the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

Works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad are eligible for the Awards. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.

Entries must be submitted on or before 30 September 2011 to MAM Awards' Secretariat, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.

For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Secretariat at (+632) 561-8291 (telefax), (+632) 552-4766 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To download, the primer and nomination form, please click here  

65th Anniversary of PH-Bel Relations
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:35    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

PH-Bel14- July 2011, Brussels, Belgium -- His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Philippine Mission to the European Union, hosted a reception today at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Belgium.

In his speech, Ambassador Manalo highlighted the significant cooperative undertakings that mark the strengthening of ties between the two countries since the establishment of the diplomatic relations on 04 July 1946. Among Belgium's most prominent development cooperation projects in the Philippines are the Phase II Modernization of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System in Metro Manila and the Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Program (BIARSP). The Belgian Government likewise donated monetary assistance for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2010.

He also mentioned the key role of Belgium in the history of the Philippines when in the 1890s Dr. Jose Rizal wrote and edited his El Filibusterismo in Brussels and published the said book in Ghent, Belgium.

The Ambassador also articulated that Belgium is one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in the European Union, with a remarkable growth of 222.9 percent in Belgium's foreign direct investments  (FDI) inflows to the Philippines in the years 2009 to 2010.

"Much can be recited on but allow me to end this nostalgic trip through our common history by expressing confidence that our strong and deeply rooted relations will endure for years to come," Ambassador Manalo concluded.  

In his reply, Ambassador Bertrand de Combrugghe, Director for Asia and Oceania of the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, mentioned the robust and strengthened relations between the two countries with the initialing of the Philippines-Belgium Joint Partnership Agreement on the Fields of Mutual Interest, the increasing number of Filipinos registered in Belgium, the increasing number of visas from around 3,000 to 7,000 in 2010 granted by the Belgian Embassy in Manila to Filipinos. He also specifically mentioned that, for the first time in history, the balance of trade between the two coutnries has shifted in favor of Belgium in 2010. He expressed enthusiasm in the eventual signing of the JPA and the Philippines-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement. He then assured the Philippines of Belgium's commitment to a stronger bilateral diplomatic relations in the decades to come.

Ambassador de Combrugghe thanked Ambassador Manalo for his cooperation during his tenure in Belgium and recalled their close work together particularly during Belgium's Presidency at the European Union and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). He also personally expressed his best wishes to Ambassador Manalo in relation to the latter's preparations for his new posting in London.

The 65 years of dipliomatic relations of the two countries has developed steadily through the years and is characterized by harmony and close cooperation.

113th Philippine Independence Day
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:51    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

PIC_-_1The Filipino communities across Belgium and Luxembourg have organized programs with activities that promoted sense of nationalism, patriotism, bayanihan and camaraderie to commemorate the 113th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day, with the theme "Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan."

 On 11 June, the Council of Filipino Associations in Belgium (COFAB) headed by its President, Ms. Dhel Lulu, organized a "Gala Night" under the theme of Kalayaan at the Hotel Bristol in Brussels. The program also featured a cultural performance show. There was tombola and a buffet dinner that included traditional Filipino cuisine.

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On 12 June, the following organizations prepared separate festivities to commemorate the historic day:

 The Koalisyon Para sa Kalayaan (KPSK), under the leadership of Mr. Rudy Nollas, held a program with cultural presentation, performances by Filipino bands and artists, basketball tournament, tombola, picnic and Philippine food and products exhibition at the Basilique du Sacre Coeur (Koekelberg) in Brussels. Hundreds of Filipinos attended the event.

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The Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF), under the chairmanship of Ms. Minabelle Siason, also conducted mostly the same activities in Brugge. The proceeds of the event would be given as assistance to the Classroom Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad project where the target beneficiary is the Tominjao Elementary School in Tominjao Elementary School in Tominjao, Tuburan, Cebu.

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The Filipino-Belgian organizations and communities in Flanders, in cooperation with Torhout City and Culture Dienst, under the stewardship of Ms. Rutchelle Gallego, organized a beauty contest dubbed as "Binibining Pilipinas Kalayaan" in Torhout City. Cultural performance by Filipino talents and Philippine Food and products exhibition entertained the audience where the proceeds would be given as aid to various humanitarian projects in the Philippines being sponsored by Filipino-Belgian groups who participated in the affair.

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The Filipino associations in Luxembourg, in cooperation with the Philippine Honorary Consul General Mr. Alain Kinsch, organized a get-together of Filipinos at the Sauerpark in Rosport, Luxembourg. It was the first-ever gathering of Filipinos to celebrate the Independence Day participated in by the four organizations in Luxembourg, namely: (a) the Letzebuergesch Philippinesh Aktioun firden Development (LPAD); (b) the Philippine-Luxembourg Society, (c) the Help Mindanao group, and (d) the SAMAHAN. With the objective of helping the unfortunate people in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines especially in Mindanao, these associations raised funds by conducting activities such as tombola and selling of Filipino food and products in the event. Other activities conducted were camping and barbecue, cultural program, parlor games ans sports.

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The officers of the Embassy led by Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Marichu B. Mauro, Minister and Consul Roy Ecraela, First Secretary and Consul Robespierre Bolivar, Second Secretary and Consul Christina Gracia Rola and Honorary Consul General Alain Kinsch, together with their respective teams from the staff and attached agencies, represented the Embassy in each of the above occasions. They also conveyed the Independence Day messages of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III and Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, who is on official mission in Manila.

 A salient part of Ambassador Manalo's speech reads as follow: "There are two mile-stones to celebrate this year, one is Kalayaan 2011 and the other one is the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. While one event celebrates the birth of a nation, the other one celebrates the birth of a hero. The celebrations for this year highlighted the continuing struggle that the Filipino must undertake: a struggle not against foreign occupation of tyranny, but a struggle to ensure that each citizen can reap the benefits of a free and democratic country and a growing economy."








Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:11 )
Manila Summit of Overseas Filipinos
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 09:30    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

CFO_logoThe Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) is inviting all Filipino community in Belgium to a Global Summit of Filipino organizations entitled "Diaspora to Development: A Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora", which will take place on 27 to 29 September 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

The conference, which is organized by the CFO in cooperation with the National Federation of Filipino Association in America (NaFFAA) and the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG), is expected to gather approximately 700 participants from 40 countries, including global Filipinos' networks, migration-related Philippine government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, academe, private sector, and multilateral agencies.

The Summit aims to highlight the achievements of Overseas Filipinos and discuss how the Filipino community worldwide could be partners to Philippine development.  It also seeks to create a network among leaders of the Overseas Filipinos' community and serve as launching venue for the Diaspora to Development Program of the CFO. 

 The conference is being organized pursuant to CFO's mandate to strengthen ties with Filipino overseas and promote their interests in the Philippines and abroad, the CFO will be holding a conference on "Diaspora to Development: A Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora".

Below are the links of additional information on the Summit, as follows:



Last Updated ( Monday, 18 July 2011 13:08 )
Notice of Registration and Election
Monday, 09 May 2011 14:30    | Written by Sherwin Toledo    PDF Print E-mail

Notice is hereby given that under Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as "The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003", all citizens of the Philippines abroad, not otherwise disqualified by law, at least eighteen ( 18 ) years of age on the day of the election, and who are registered overseas absentee voters with approved application to vote in absentia, may vote for Senators and Party-List Representatives.  For this purpose, all qualified Filipinos citizens not registered as voters under Republic Act No. 8189, otherwise known as "The Voters Registration Act of 1996", (the system of continuing registration) shall file an application for registration while those who are already registered under the said Act shall file an application for certification.

For purposes of the 13 May 2013 elections, the filing of applications for registration/certification and transfer of registration records shall be filed at the Post or other designated registration areas from 31 October 2011 to 31 October  2012.

The 30-day voting period will commence on 13 April 2013 until 9:00 o'clock in the morning (Belgian time) of 13 May 2013 at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels located at 297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels.

For details, please contact the Philippine Embassy at telephone number (+322) 340.33.77 or visit the Embassy website at

 DFA-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (Manila),, Hotlines: +638344361,+6328343275                                 

COMELEC-COAV (Manila):, Hotlines: +6325222251, +6325212952, +6325239924

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 May 2011 14:35 )

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