Fil-Am leaders in U.S. northeast gather in annual NY assembly
NEW YORK – Leaders of the Filipino-American Filipino-American organizations in the U.S. northeast attended the 5th General Assembly hosted by the consulate at the Philippine Center New York’s Kalayaan Hall on Feb. 9.
Fil-Am leaders from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York came to the annual event, which gave updates on the consulate’s calendar of activities, programs and services for 2019.
Consul General Claro S. Cristobal reported on last year’s accomplishments and highlighted new projects such as academe networking, women entrepreneur’s forum, business and career networking event, workshops on leadership and management for the Fil-Am community organizations, and a Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar for newly arrived Filipino immigrants.
Cristobal asked the community to support the consulate’s annual flagship projects such as outreach services, Know Your Rights seminars, Filipino Restaurant Week, VIP Tour, PaaralansaKonsulado and Sinehansa Summer, among others. He also reminded overseas Filipinos to exercise their right to vote this coming Philippine elections, stressing that Overseas Voting will run from April 13 to May 13.
Senior Trade Representative Nicanor Bautista of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in New York, Tourism Attaché Susan Del Mundo of the Philippine Department of Tourism Office in New York, Member Services Officer Michael Azucena of Pag-Ibig Fund, and Welfare Officer Josephine Sanchez-Tobia of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) also gave updates on their agencies’ respective programs and services for the year.
Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro expressed his readiness to assist members of the Filipino community in Jersey City, where Filipinos are one of the biggest immigrant groups.
Breakout sessions were held in the afternoon, which tackled topics such as inspiring engagement among young Filipino-Americans, broadening involvement in local community building and socio-political processes, and strengthening linkages and collaboration with the consulate.
Event partners PNB New York, GMAPinoy TV and Philippine Airlines, gave presentations on their company’s new services to the Filipino community.
This year’s General Assembly drew nearly 170 participants representing 85 Filipino-American organizations in the US northeast region.