The 1st National Meeting 

 

of Filipino German Associations

 

 

4. June 2005

Rheinterrasse Düsseldorf

 

 

Die Botschafterin der Philippinen in Berlin Fr. M. Falcon hatte alle deutschen Hilfsorganisationen, die in irgendeiner Weise Projekte auf den Philippinen durchführen, zu einem ersten Treffen nach Düsseldorf eingeladen.

 

Der Ablauf der Tagung

 

<==      Hr. Wengenroth im Gespräch mit

 

 

Die Botschafterin Minerva A. Falcon zusammen mit dem Leiter der Behörde CFO ( Comission on Filipinos Overseas ) 

Chairman Dante A. Ang aus Manila und enger Vertrauter der Präsidentin Arroyo. 

Weiterhin war anwesend Ms. Teresita D. Golez, Präsidentin der Visayas-Mindanao Cultural Association.

 

 

Herr Wengenroth erläutert der Botschafterin die Bemühungen der Privatschule St. Maximin, Trier um die

Patenschule in Angalan.

 

Mrs. Falcon zeigte sich erstaunt über das Ausmaß der Hilfeleistungen und die durch unser soziales

Engagement in die Tat umgesetzten Dinge.

 

Ebenfalls äußerst positiv überrascht zeigte sich die Botschafterin über unsere Hilfsprojekte unter dem

Motto" Hilfe für ein menschenwürdigeres Leben "

In einer ausführlichen Diskussionsrunde hatten alle Teilnehmer die Gelegenheit  Fragen an die verschiedenen Politiker und die Vertreter aus der Wirtschaft zu stellen Eine bessere Koordinierung der verschiedenen Hilfsprojekte wurde angestrebt. Die Botschaft sagte verschiedene Hilfen zu organisatorischen, rechtlichen und politischen Problemen und Hindernissen zu. Eine gemeinsame Erklärung ( Joint Declaration ) wurde verabschiedet. Die informellen Treffen sollen jährlich fortgesetzt werden
 

Hier der Bericht des Außenministeriums der Philippinen in Manila über die Tagung :

 
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS 

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SFA-AGR-359-05                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       09 June  2005

FIRST FILIPINO-COMMUNITY CONVENTION HELD IN GERMANY,
GENERATES STRONGER COOPERATION AND CAMARADERIE AMONG 52 FILCOM ASSOCIATIONS

9 June 2005 – Ambassador Minerva Jean A. Falcon of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Germany, reported to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo that more than 200 leaders and officers of 52 Philippine-German associations based in Germany attended the First Convention of Filipino Community Leaders on 4 June 2005 at the Rheinterasse in Dusseldorf city, a pioneering event held as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Philippine-German diplomatic relations.

Ambassador Falcon said that the Convention bolstered the process of galvanizing the more than a hundred diverse Philippine-German associations in Germany under one umbrella organization, envisioned to become a stronger voice in German society and to provide a valuable vehicle in articulating and promoting development assistance in the Philippines.

As the Convention was a Germany-wide gathering of community leaders and officers, it was able to generate a stronger spirit of cooperation and camaraderie among the participants and also provided the appropriate occasion for the celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day, annually commemorated on 7 June.

The Convention adopted a Joint Declaration of Filipino Community Leaders that will serve as the primary framework of unity and cooperation among Philippine-German associations under an umbrella organization.  The Declaration particularly recommended the establishment of a National Council of Filipino-German Associations that will embody the ideals, aspirations and concerns of Filipinos and Filipino-Germans in Germany.

The Ambassador also relayed that the community leaders recognized the value of promoting active participation of their respective organizations on matters concerning the Philippines and Germany, and committed to pursue programs in support of the Philippine Government’s development efforts to assist needy communities and individuals.

Other topics discussed during the Convention included issues and concerns of Filipinos in Germany, best practices in community and development, challenges and opportunities of establishing a federation of Filipino associations in Germany, and business opportunities for overseas Filipinos.

Ambassador Falcon headed the list of speakers at the Convention, which included Chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Dante A. Ang, and Ms. Teresita D. Golez, President of the Visayas-Mindanao Cultural Association.

Secretary Ang emphasized the important role and contribution of Filipinos abroad to Philippine national development, and explained the CFO’s mission and new program thrusts to be more proactive and responsive to the needs and interests of overseas Filipinos.  He said that Filipinos in Germany, though not as numerous as Filipinos in the United States, show “great advantage and potential in terms of quality.”  He exhorted the participants to join hands with Filipinos in other countries so they may address their various issues and concerns in a more organized fashion.

Secretary Ang also expressed appreciation for the more than US$15 million worth of contributions for development projects in the Philippines that have come from the Filipino communities in Germany in the last 10 years, and appealed to the leaders and representatives of the Filipino-German associations to continue their contributions to Philippine development.

Ambassador Falcon, in her opening speech and presentation, remarked that for two years of her stay as Ambassador to Germany, she saw the performance and contribution of the Filipino communities for development projects in the Philippines.  She further reiterated the need for uniting the diverse Filipino-German associations in Germany under an umbrella organization “in order to become a stronger voice in German society and be more effective in promoting development assistance in the Philippines.”  END
 

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