The CFO's Presidential Awardees
I hear congratulations are in order for the winners of the Commission on Filipinos’ Overseas’ presidential awards usually given out in December, which rightfully is the overseas Filipinos month. There are many events and activities next month all geared toward overseas Filipinos, many of whom return to the country to spend Christmas with their families.
The awardees this year include Ka Alex Asuncion of
In an e-mail, the colleagues of Ka Alex say “Kaming mga OFW dito sa Gitnang Silangan, lalo na dito sa Saudi
OFW Rey Orbon in Riyadh adds “ang recognition o award na ito ay hindi lang sa individual na mga taong ito kundi ito ay para din sa mga kababayan natin na tahimik na gumagawa ng kanilang makakaya para lang makatulong sa mga libo-libo nating mag kababayan na nangangailangan ng tulong. Marami ang mga taong ito na nakilala ko na na tahimik lang na gumagalaw sa ngalan ng pagtulong sa kapwa OFW na hindi pinalad sa kanilang mga trabaho dito. Mga kapwa natin OFW na kasalukuyang nakapiit ngayon sa mga kulungan dito sa
“Alam ko na may mga individual o grupo na gumagalaw at dinadalaw at inaalam ang kanilang mga kalagayan. Sa mag taong ito, who are unsung heroes, please go on with what you are doing now. The mighty one from above for sure is seeing ang knows what you are doing!” Rey writes.
Ellen says another awardee is Ms. Esperanza Derpo, chair of the Philippine Barangay Society of Nigeria (PBSN). Ellene says her group is a recent addition to the CMA’s global family.
“The citation and recognition of the PBSN through their chair Ms. Derpo is big boost to the Filipinos in
The CFO say in their press release that Esperanza is an engineer by profession who works at the British High Commission (Consulate) office in Victoria Island,
PBSN has become the the unofficial Philippine representative to international events in Lagos, such as the annual Small World Event, an international cultural show counting 27 countries, including the Philippines, as regular participants. PBSN is also known for its charity works both in
Through her chairmanship, the PBSN was able to acquire a permanent office which serves as its clubhouse and barangay office, located at the Caverton Helicopter Staff Compound in Ikeja,
The PBSN was founded in 1973 to formalize an already existing organization of Filipinos residing in
Esperanza was endorsed by the Philippine Embassy in
Ambassador Masaranga Umpa.
Ellene relates that when PBSN member Ms. Vangie Novio was here recently, CMA accompanied her in her lobby work with the government agencies to lift the travel ban to
Ellene says she met with Mr. Cinco from the office of VP “para ipaabot ang kanilang apela” and briefly with then Senate President Manuel Villar. CMA at that time conveyed the same concerns to the DFA-OUMWA Undersecretary Esteban Conejos and OUMWA Exec. Director Relacion.
“We need to follow up on this appeal of Filipinos in
She adds that CMA is also happy that one of their partner NGOs in
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will personally hand-out the awards in a special ceremony tentatively set on December 9, 2008 at the
The rest of the Presidential awardees are:
Linkapil Awardees: Association of Philippine Physicians of America,
Kaanib ng Bayan Awardees: Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York; Children's Chance CT, New York; Heetens Helpgood Center Philippines, The Hague; Ligier, Laurence, Paris.
Banaag Awardees: Berberabe, Patricia, New York; Carandang, Angeles, Chicago; Casambre Sr., Mary Aida, Hongkong; Filipino Korean Spouses Association, Seoul; Garcia, Lamberto, New York; Ho, Eleanor, Taiwan; Magdalena, Joseph, Riyadh; Muzones, Santiago Jr., New York; Noblejas, Dr. Antonio, Wellington; Overs, Lilian, Toronto; Philippine Community Council of New South Wales, Sydney; Philippine Nurses Association of America, New York; Philipsen, Adelina, The Hague; United Filipino Council of Hawaii, Honolulu.
Pamana ng Pilipino: Besa, Amelita and Dorotan, Romeo, New York; De Leon, Bayani, New York; Esguerra, Carlos, New York; Hizon, Federico, Singapore; Pelayo, Libertito, New York; Ramos, Dr. Teresita, Honolulu; Villarin, Engr. Nilo, Washington.