“KUNG SAMA-SAMA, KAYANG-KAYA”
Strengthening Euro-Pinoys as agents of socio-economic and cultural change in Europe and the Philippines and empowerment of the Euro-Pinoy youth as development leaders within the mainstream Filipino communities in home and host countries.
Conference Registration Fee:
Day Participants: €75/day only (Overnight not included)
1) Migration and Development
2) Migration and Social Issues (e.g. Human Rights, Environment degradation, etc)
3) Euro-Pinoy Youth
Note for ENFiD Officers only:Participation to 29 September is upon-invitation only.
Programs will be duly sent to invitees.
29 September 2017 Joint Closed-door Meeting of ENFiD- Europe Board of Directors with Country Representatives or National Board Representatives
Hosted and sponsored by the Philippine Honorary Consulate of Essen
Venue: BIB Forum of the BANK IM BISTUM ESSEN e.V. in Essen.
30 September 2017 Joint Plenary Sessions for ALL participants begin at 8AM, followed by Parallel Sessions:Euro-Pinoy Youth Forum and ENFiD Conference in the afternoon.
01 October 2017 Joint Plenary sessions resume at 8AM, followed by ENFiD General Assembly.
02 October 2017 Farewell to departing Board Members and Welcome to New Board Members followed by First Meeting of New Board Members
Day 1 Saturday, 30 September
7.00 - 8.00 Breakfast
8.15 - 8.30 Assembly at Plenary Hall
8.40 - 8.45 Invocation
8.45 - 9.00 Welcome Ms. Elizabeth von Atzigen,
9.00 -9.30 Her Excellency Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-
Thomeczek, Philippine Embassy-Berlin
Ms. Emmalyn Liwag- Kotte, Country Representative
9.30 -9.45 Ms. Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director Setting the tone of the Conference,
9.45 -10.00 Assistant Secretary Grace Princesa, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
On the strength of OFs and OFWs in sustaining the Philippine economy and influencing the socio-cultural- political
landscape of the Philippines
10.00 -10:30 Group Photo
10.30 - 10.50 Prof. Hein de Haas, University of Amsterdam on migrants within the international arena (with current political
developments) to narrow down on Euro-Pinoy roles as agents of change and the roles of young people with mixed
ethnicity (Migration and Development)
10.50 -11.10 Atty. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights
on current human rights situation in the world and how it can affect the lives of Europe-based Filipinos. With
special attention to women, the ethnic minorities and marginalized people and the situation of displaced people in
Marawi. (including 5 minutes Q&A)
11.10 -11.30 Ms. Estrella ‘Mai’ Añonuevo, Executive Director, Atikha, Convenor of PinoyWISE and Board of Trustees of OWWA on
the link between Migration andDevelopment
11.30 -11.50 HE Ambassador Nathaniel Imperial, Philippine Embassy-Tel-Aviv
About the sanctuary given by the Philippines to European Jewish refugees escaping the holocaust in World War II as
a reference point in discussing how some of the Euro-Pinoys give support to the refugees/migrants coming to
Europe from Syria and north African countries. The Euro-Pinoy support to refugees is an illustration of their
integration in Europe and in responding to the refugee ’crisis’.
11.50 -12.10 Stephano Signore, Head of Unit Migration, Employment Inequalities, EC DEVCO on EC DEVCO’s support to Migration
and Development initiatives
12.10 -12.20 Question & Answer
12.20 -13.30 LUNCH BREAK
split into Youth Forum and ENFiD Conference sessions
PROGRAM YOUTH FORUM: 13.30 -18.00
13.30 - 14.00 Ms. Regina Galias, Officer-in-charge of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, CFO, Manila, Philippines to talk about
the CFO’s program on Overseas Filipino youths to bring them closer to their land of heritage and where the
possible link with Y-ENFiD lies and forward-looking ideas
14.00 -14.30 Ms. Melanie Cuizon- Baturi, to contextualize the experiences of different generations of Euro-Pinoys
14.30 - 15.00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
15.00 - 17.00 Workshops
Why is it important for Euro-Pinoy youths to get organized? (goal-setting)
What are the burning questions/ issues of Euro-Pinoy youths? (defining the framework)
What can be done to answer these issues? (action-planning)
17.00- 17.45 Joint plenary reporting of the workshops from the first day: Youth Forum and Conference workshops
PROGRAM ENFiD CONFERENCE SESSION: 13.30-18.00
13.30 - 13.50 Ms. Leila Rispens-Noel, Director and co-founder of WIMLER Hongkong and WIMLER Philippines on supporting
development projects in the Philippines, social entrepreneurship and investment opportunities for Euro- Pinoys and
reaching retirement age in Europe.
13.50 -14.10 Dr. Juan E. Dayang Jr., Chargé d’affaires, a.i., Embassy of the Philippines in Prague, Czech Republic Multilateral and
Bilateral agreements (focused on Philippines and Europe)
14.10 -14.20 Ms. Marison Rodriguez, Vice Chair and IT Director, ENFiD Empowering migrants at local level and access to service
for migrants; Migration Cycle and Return Preparedness
14.20 -14.30 Ms. Mary Grace Schardin, Program Officer, PR & Communication Team, ENFiD Protecting Migrant Workers in
Vulnerable Situation and Fighting Xenophobia against migrants; Anti-discriminaton policy, equality of treatment and
14.30 -15.00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
15.00 - 17.00 Workshops
1) Development projects, Investment opportunities, Social Entrepreneurship
Euro-Pinoys are avid supporters of development projects in their hometowns. The moment we set foot in Europe, our lives are marked with providing help to various development projects-building schools, scholarships, women projects, etc. In the last years, support through social entrepreneurships also became more known although investments in businesses set up by Filipino migrants is also becoming popular. How can we ensure real empowerment through development projects and social entrepreneurships? What are the possible traditional business investments open for us as Euro-Pinoys? These and more will be the highlights of the input of our invited speakers.
Leila Rispens- Noel of WIMLER HK and Philippines | Facilitator: Tina Liamzon
2) Euro-Pinoy Senior Citizens
We came, we worked, we raised our children, we welcome our grandchildren…Decades after our migration to Europe, we find ourselves in the threshold of retirement. We are the Euro-Pinoy Senior Citizens. How do we relate ourselves with the migration and development here in Europe and in the Philippines?
Speaker Diana Oosterbeek-Latoza, Stg. Bayanihan NL
Facilitator: Tessie Bertumen Wilms, ENFiD-Germany
3) Sustainable development should be a concern of all- whether we live in Europe or in the Philippines. ENFiD embarks in environment projects such as biogas digester and waste segregation. What are these and how can you be a part of these initiatives?
Presentation of Environment Projects of ENFiD Ruby Anna Bengtsson and Tess Badana-Ramakers, ENFiD Environment Team | Facilitator, Dennis Mana-ay, ENFiD Board Member/ ENFiD France.
4) Migration and Social Issues are interlinked. Migrants all over the world while integrating to the society of the host country,avidly follows the social issues in their origin country. This is also true for Euro-Pinoys. In the face of economic, political and social integration in their host countries, the Euro-Pinoys zealously express their sentiments regarding the social issues in the Philippines such as respect human for human rights, gender equality and the likes.
Speaker, Kay Abaño, filmmaker, Germany | Facilitator, Rosalud dela Rosa, ENFiD Board Member/ENFiD Italy and Owner/ Manager of Mayumi Spa in Rome
5) Integration of Euro-Pinoys in Europe is an inherent topic within the Filipino community, who is sometimes referred to as the ‘invisible’ community, which connotes that the Filipinos are well-integrated in the European society. They speak the language, they participate in economic activities, they have European circle of friends, they are not a ‘loud problematic’ ethnic group. How true (or untrue) are these connotations?
Speaker: Theresa Alders, Second Secretary and Consul Phil Embassy, The Hague, NL
Facilitator: Edwin dela Cruz, ENFiD UK and Head of Faculty of Nursing, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
END of Day 1 Conference
17.45 - 18.00 Assembly at St. Altfrid Carpark. Pre- arranged buses will bring participants to the Gala venue and back to
GALA CONCERT & DINNER
30 September 2017, starts at 18:00
Day 2 Sunday, 1 October 2017
7.30 - 8.30 Breakfast
8:45 - 9.45 Catholic Mass (Optional for those interested) Venue: Church inside St. Altfrid compound
10.00 -10.45 Recap of Day 1/Presentation of Conference Statement
10.45 -11.45 Launch of YENFiD, Launch of ENFiD Sports Program and ENFiD- Atikha Partnership and PhilWise
12.00 Closing of the Conference
12.00 - 13.30 LUNCH BREAK
ENFiD GENERAL ASSEMBLY 13.30 -18.00
14.00- 18.00 Opening/ Introduction by Gene Alcantara, former ENFiD Chairperson
Welcome and Presentation of Annual Report 2016 by Elizabeth von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson
Presentation of the Board of Directors of ENFiD and Country Representatives by Elizabeth von Atzigen, ENFiD Chairperson
Presentation of Committee Heads/ Members (PR/Communication, IT/Website, Environment, Youth, Arts and Culture, Training
and Education) by Diana Halmans, ENFiD Board Secretary and Leonor Vintervoll, ENFiD Board Member
Country Presentations/ Reports facilitated by ENFiD Country Representatives Christian Estrada (UK) and Tess Ramakers (NL)
Discussion, finalization and endorsement of the 2 YAP 2018-2019 from the Joint Meeting of the Board and Country
Representatives held on 29 September 2017 by Rohlee de Guzman, ENFiD Executive Director, facilitated by Rosalud dela Rosa
Oath-taking of New Board Members and Signing of Pledge facilitated by Oggie Maristela, Board Member Signing on
Committees/ Programs by Assembly Participants
Announcement of the 2018 AGA date and venue
END OF THE CONFERENCE AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY