The Department of Foreign Affairs – Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) announced on October 17 that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), through the promulgation of Resolution No. 9903, approved the piloting of the iRehistro Project, an internet-enabled system for overseas voter registration.
Maya Ong Escudero (left), managing editor of ‘Disrupt’ with writers during the book launching at A Space Manila in Makati City, October 6, 2014. Photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com
At the 11th Filipina Leadership Global Summit, which started on October 5 and will run till October 8, two milestones are taking place. The first breakthrough, for instance, is the fact that in the history of its organizer, the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), this is the first time that the San Francisco-based organization is holding its summit outside of the United States.
The former and present honorees of the FWN's Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award at the Gala Night Awards and Celebration held last Oct. 7 at Makati Shangri-la Hotel.
The personal and collective journey we started last Sunday is almost over. During these four days, you received and shared many words – words of wisdom, words of insights, words of self-discovery and exploration with others. You gave your individual stories which explained and described what you are, where you have been and where you are now.
On the occasion of the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples Forum ”Towards a Just and inclusive Asia and Europe-Building States of Citizens for Citizens” in Milan, Italy 10-12 October 2014, Filipino migrant representatives from Europe and Asia, organized a special caucus to discuss the Filipino migrant agenda. Absentee Voting (OAV) was particularly taken up and made a strong appeal to Congress to restore the OAV budget of 89.6 million Pesos. Besides the OAV agenda, participating organisations raised the Joint Police Operation of the Council of European Union “Mos Maiorum” (involving all Member States and Schengen Associated Countries (SAC) the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX)) in a massive roundup of migrants from 13th till 26th of October, 2014.
Approximately 2.8 million Filipino immigrants and their children (the first and second generations) live in the United States. The Philippines is the fourth-largest source of immigrants to the United States (after Mexico, China and India), accounting for 4.6 percent of the United States' foreign-born population. Filipino immigrants naturalize at a higher rate than U.S. immigrants overall and at the second-highest rate (67 percent) among the 15 groups studied for the Rockefeller Foundation-Aspen Institute Diaspora Program (RAD) program. A population with a long hisotry of U.S. immigration, the first-generation population in the analysis had a median age of 48 and a substantial proportion were over 65 (17 percent).
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