European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)-Germany e.V.

European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD)-Germany e.V.

ENFID  – Chronicle of Activities  

ENFID – GERMANY Board formation 

Representatives of different Filipino migrants´ organizations from the state of North Rhine Westphalia created a new ENFID board  in a  meeting that was organized by Ala-Eh/Enfid leaders Virgilio Cuizon and Oggie Maristella together with the Philippine Consulate in Essen last August 2015.

The following  persons were nominated to become a part of the new body that is tasked to give shape and structure to the organizational formation of ENFID – Germany: Tessie Wilms,  Mary Lou H.  Werning,  Agnes Urban (absent), Mary Grace Schardin and Emmalyn L. Kotte. 

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Nomination was accepted by Wilms, Werning, Schardin, and Liwag Kotte. It was agreed that the nominated persons may invite honorary board members to join the group. Urban accepted nomination upon her arrival from the Philippines.

The group invited Oggie Maristela, then country representative of ENFiD, and Milagros Wandelt, to become honorary board members.

The new board held its first meeting at the Domforum in Cologne on September 25, 2015.  

Present:  Wilms, Urban, Schardin, Kotte, Maristela. It was agreed that Emmalyn Liwag Kotte will become its chairperson/ country representative and Mary Agnes Urban its deputy chairperson.

Both will serve for a term of 2 years. It was agreed that only one representative can join the Enfid election. In the absence of the chairperson, the deputy will represent Enfid-Germany in the meetings. Other board members and participants can join the General Assembly but they will not be allowed to vote. Whoever will attend the GA will have to pay for his/her registration fees and other expenses unless there are enough funds collected from projects initiated by ENFiD-Germany.

In hosting projects, Enfid Germany shall take note of the following:

  • Hosting organization is the sole project coordinator especially for finances.
  • Transparency in the conduct of projects should always be assured; goals and expenses should clearly be discussed with coordinators, facilitators, and all persons involved in the project; milestones and project duration have to be clearly defined
  • ENFiD-Germany is subject to work in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws of ENFiD and its Mission and Values Statement.

It was agreed that Enfid-Germany should  take up issues concerning overseas Filipinos in Germany. It will also motivate other Philippine migrants' organizatons in the country to join Enfid Germany. 

The group identified its first project : the film screening of “Heneral Luna” in Germany. 

Membership Changes

Mary Lou Hardillo Werning resigned from the board last October 2015. 

Membership of Agnes Mendoza Urban was terminated on March 11, 2016

 New members were invited to join the board.  As of April 24, 2016, there are four new members:

  1. Dorie Reyes Poloczek – PWF/Babaylan Germany
  2. Evelyn Alcarmen Mueschen - Philippine Cultural & Catholic Community Mönchengladbach
  3. Conchita A. Heitmann – President, Federation of Filipino Organizations in Northern Germany
  4. Grace Sheelah Pickert – Filipino Community, Berlin   

ENFID Board of Directors approves 2-Year Action Plan in Bonn

The Board of Directors (BOD) of the the European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFID) unanimously approved the organization’s Two Year Action Plan (2YAP) at its annual board meeting that was held at the International Women’s Center in Bonn, Germany last November 28-29, 2015. 

This means that „we now have a concrete framework of programs and activities both at the European and country levels. It is now easier to establish synergies between and among countries,“ said ENFID executive director Rohlee De Guzman. 

A timeline of activities for 2016 to 2017 was drawn at the said meeting. Responsibilities for project activities and organisational concerns were also distributed among the current officers of ENFID. Also approved was the organization’s Constitution and By Laws (CBL) which was amended at its 2nd Annual General Meeting in San Antonio Hotel, St. Pawl/Qawra,  Malta  last August 2, 2015. 

With de Guzman at the meeting were Gene Alcantara (Board Chairman), Rachel Hansen (Vice-Chair/ PR Officer), Marison Rodriguez (Secretary/ IT & Website Director), Renee Ikdal (Treasurer/ Finance and Budget Director), Leonor Vintervoll (Fund-raising Director), and Aimee Alado (Legal Adviser). Diana Halmans-Mondragon (Country Representative of the Netherlands), Oggie Maristela (Former Country Representative of ENFiD Germany) and Emmalyn L. Kotte (Country Representative, ENFiD Germany) also participated as observers.

The BOD members also had a chance to interact with the Filipino community of Cologne as they attended the Pre-Christmas gathering of the Philippine Catholic Community  of  St. Michael Pfarrkirche on November 29. They also  attended the Charity Gala of UNICEF last  November 27 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne. American Filipina singer Stephanie Reese,  who is ENFID’s Ambasadress of Goodwill, and Paris based Filipino pianist  John Florencio  performed at the said event.


The European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) is an active international networking association that seeks to cultivate a sense of shared nationhood and cooperation among

Overseas Filipinos in Europe. ENFiD is presently represented by correspondent Filcom Affiliates in twenty countries and is active in organising cultural events, relief operations, focused training
workshops, fora for the discussion of issues pertinent to Euro-Filipinos and partnering with institutions for greater access to migration issues on culture and development.

Our vision is

a. A Filipino Diaspora community in Europe with a continued and sustained commitment and link to the Philippines, and at the same time fully integrated with the host country. (COMMITMENT AND FULL INTEGRATION)

b. A vibrant and empowered Filipino Diaspora operating ‘glocally’ (globally and locally), whose talent, contribution and potential are recognized and rewarded both in Europe and in the Philippines,
cognizant of the future generation of Filipino descent. (PEOPLE)

c. A Filipino Diaspora in touch with its cultural origins and its best traditional values, and how it enriches the diversity of life of the host country. (IDENTITY)
 We are committed to these core values:

1. Kilusan at Ugnayan – movement, association, organization, network

1.1. transform the Filipino Diaspora in Europe into “glocal” Filipinos through the educational and community development activities of ENFiD;

1.2. interlink with the various Filipino organizations existing in the host countries to formally form part of the ENFiD, either directly or through the country ENFiDs;

1.3. provide services, assistance and expertise, seek grants or assistance, cooperation and partnership with the national, international, governmental, non-governmental agencies, and foundations to carry out the mission and realize the vision of ENFiD

2. Bayanihan at Buklod-talakayan – forum, discussion, dialogue; intensified sharing, solidarity, heightened sense of Filipino volunteerism

2.1. provide an effective forum for regional and global interaction between and among Filipino individuals and organizations within the European Community, with the Philippines and with the rest of the world;

2.2. inspire and initiate dialogues, discussions and advocacies on relevant and important topics; and where possible to be part of the solution 

3. Gawi at Kaalaman – character transformation and education

3.1. enable and when necessary, intervene for the Filipino Diaspora in Europe to fully integrate in the host countries’ political, cultural, social, and economic systems.

3.2. work towards the establishment of advice, support groups and counselling centres for the Filipino Diaspora in their host country in tandem with local governments, non-governmental bodies and the home-country government;
3.3. attend conferences and/or become active participants in the international dialogue regarding various topics such as ethical, cultural, political and technological issues, and in alleviating global poverty.

source: ENFiD