PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL REPORT FINANCIAL YEAR 2015-2016

Lorin RoweTFSI will always be culturally and socially involved in our community. Over the years, we have delivered and achieved outstanding performances, organised special occasions, raised money for good cause and constantly connected with the highly recognised organisations. Through this, we made history that lifted Society’s name and reputation in a wider community. We would like to thank our city New Plymouth, the NPDC and TMEC for giving us privilege to be part of this diverse and ever changing community. Also thank you to the Federation and its members for the exceptional support during Pistang Pilipino 2014. Together we all made the difference.
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EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES ADVISORY

CONSULAR SERVICES FOR FILIPINOS IN NEW PLYMOUTH, TARANAKI AND SURROUNDING AREAS IN THE NORTH ISLAND

As the Philippine Embassy continues to embark on its priority to deliver more effective and efficient consular services directly to the Filipino communities throughout the North Island of New Zealand, its Mobile Consular Team will render consular services and registration of overseas voters to Filipinos in New Plymouth, Taranaki and surrounding areas in the North Island on the following schedule:

DATE / TIME:

  1. 24 October 2014 (Friday) 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  2. 25 October 2014 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. 26 October 2014 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  4. 27 October 2014 (Monday) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn.

VENUE: Pukekura Function Centre
Rogan Street
New Plymouth, Taranaki

The consular services are passport renewal/issuance, authentication & notarization of legal documents, NBI fingerprinting & certification (latest passport sized photos required) and dual citizenship application and oath taking.

The Embassy will also conduct overseas voter registration for the upcoming presidential elections in 2016. Filipino citizens, who will be at least 18 years of age on 09 May 2016, are eligible to register to vote. The Philippine Embassy enjoins all Filipinos to exercise their rights in choosing the next leaders of the Philippines in 2016.

Important Reminders:
A. FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS

1.) For all types of consular transaction, please bring a photocopy of the data page and visa page of your passport (both copied on one page of A4 bond paper).
2.) Passport applicants must also bring a prepaid self-addressed courier bag with signature required (which requires a signature upon delivery) for the Embassy to send their new e-passports.
3.) Payments for passport processing and other consular services must be made in cash or in bank draft payable to the Embassy of the Philippines, Wellington.
(Please refer to the schedule of fees listed on the Embassy website at http://www.philembassy.org.nz/schedule-of-fees.html ).
4.) For those passport applicants who have recently acquired dual citizenship, please bring your original Oath of Allegiance, Identification Certificate and the Order of Approval, and a photocopy of each of these documents.
5.) Passport applicants must wear a shirt with collar for data-capturing purposes (photo).
6.) Please comply with all the requirements for consular services listed in the Embassys website.

B. FOR DUAL CITIZENSHIP APPLICANTS
7.) For those who would like to avail of dual citizenship and who wish to take their Oath in October in New Plymouth, Taranaki please send your application form together with the documentary requirements (listed on this link: http://www.philembassy.org.nz/dual-citizenship.html ) to the Philippine Embassy on or before 17 October 2014. Upon review and approval of the petition, the Embassy shall contact the applicant for the schedule of the Oath Taking in Auckland.

C. FOR OVERSEAS VOTER REGISTRANTS
8.) For those who will register to vote, please bring a copy of your valid Philippine passport OR if you are a dual citizen, any of the following: Oath of Allegiance, Identification Certificate or Order of Approval.

Appointment for the mobile passport processing in New Plymouth, Taranaki and surrounding areas can be made through the Philippine Embassy in Wellington at telephone numbers (04) 8903741, 8903742 and 8903744.

Wellington, 18 September 2014

From the President’s Desk – July 2013

Hello everyone…

It is the start of another year for the Taranaki Filipino Society. I beseech you all to look after yourselves because with the onset of winter we have many people sick and with sore throats.

Last month Gemma was performing at the Puke Ariki Museum on the occaision of their tenth anniversary with Edna and Lulu helping her. Well done and thank you for your work. Also in June we had our Annual General Meeting with a pot luck tea with many attending – thank you all for coming. Most of our officers and committee are the same as last year, however three of the executive committee members stepped down so welcome to our new committee, and I hope that this year we can cope with organising the 2014 Labour Weekend. After the AGM we had our fundraising Karaoke Evening which was well supported – thank you to Dave and Prescilla for organising this. We enjoyed ourselves and danced. Thank you to all the visitors for coming. I would also like to thank those who helped with our sausage sizzles in May and June. Last month we met again with Venture Taranaki. They asked questions about the number of people we are expecting to attend and what we do, but they did say that they can help us.

This month Edna and I will be attending the Federation meeting held in Rotorua on July 20 so we will have the opportunity to ask questions and they can tell us what we should be doing. After this meeting we will go back to speak with Venture Taranaki.

Please we still need your help and support.

Thank you,

Ulinda Sandford
President

COMMUNICATIONFROM THE EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES

Dear Kababayan

The Embassy of the Philippines is pleased to inform you that the Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand (CABNZ) through the CAB Language Link has recently opened its Filipino language line for Filipino migrants. The CAB Language Link provides free support and advice nationwide in Filipino. It aims to enhance knowledge and under-standing to its clients to empower them to make decisions themselves in resolving issues that affect their lives, e.g. immigration, housing, tenancy, income supprt, among others.

In this regard, we are pleeased to attach herewith the CABNZ information flyers for dissemination to your members and friends (ed. refer page 2).

The CAB Language Link will also be made available in the Embassy’s website and Facebook.

Virginia H. Benavidez – Ambassador

Press Release from the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils

Please find attached a press release outlining the key objectives for the Federation of Multicultural Councils for 2013. You may also visit our website www.nzfmc.org.nz.

With the Constitutional Reform discussions happening across Aotearoa, these outcomes are important not only for migrant communities but for all communities within New Zealand.

Please contact Tayo Agunlejika if you would like to discuss this with him. His contact details are on the attached release.

Regards,

Jessica Lacson
Office Administration
New Zealand Federation of Multi-Cultural Councils Inc.
www.nzfmc.org.nz
Level 3 – Suite 9, Anvil House, Wakefield Street
PO Box 1409, Wellington

COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Warm Greet ings from the Department of Foreign Affairs!

I am writing to you, a leader of the Taranaki Filipino Society, Inc., to request your invaluable support to the Philippine Government’s effort in encouraging overseas Filipinos to register and vote in Philippine national elections.

As you may very well know, we will hold national elections on 13 May 2013. Filipinos abroad will once again have the opportunity to participate in this important political process by voting in these elections. A pre-requisite for voting is registration as Overseas Absentee Voters.

Registration at the nearest Philippine Embassy Or Consulate is ongoing and wil l last unt il 31 October 2012.

To complement the informat ion drive and efforts of the Philippine Embassy or Consulate, we request your support by undertaking an information campaign aimed at members of your organization or community and Filipinos in your areas of residence or employment about Overseas Absentee Voting registration and encourage our countrymen to register.

You may wish to disseminate this information during your meetings, events or other activities, or convey information in your newsletters or in the form you deem appropriate.

In addition, you may consider the use of appropriat e social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and other available Internet-based technologies. The use of the social networking sites would establish or enhance connectivity of your association or community with its members and would also facilitate communication of important and current events as well as other relevant developments in our country.

We count on your invaluable support to make our political exercise more meaningful by ensuring the widest participation of Filipinos overseas.

Thank you very much for lending a hand in t his important undertaking for our country and our people and for the future.

Warmest Regards!

Albert F. Del Rosario
Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Federation of Filipino Associations, Societies and Clubs in New Zealand Incorporated

Adapted from The Federation Newsletter, October,2011, Volume 5, Issue 1

Recommendations from the Federation Sub-committee

In the last year’s general meeting, it was agreed and approved by the members that a sub-committee be formed to address the various concerns raised with regards to the management and organization of our annual Labour Weekend activities. The objectives of the Resolution Sub-Committee are:

  • To gather facts on several concerns raised on member’s behaviour or conduct of another member organization
  • To analyse the facts and data gathered on each concerns vis-à-vis Federation constitutional and operational policies
  • To present recommendations in order to prevent occurrence of similar incidents and situations in future annual reunions
  • To present resolution to the current issues of member organizations affected and for its immediate implementation (which may include sports and/or cultural activities)

The sub-committee was composed of Jun Valencia of Waikato Filipino Association, Roy Homewood of Manawatu and Districts Filipino-Kiwi Association and Anita Mansell of NZ Filifest Group. The Federation Executive Committee with the presence of Con.Gen. Marc Punzalang of Philippine Embassy met the committee in January 2011 in Wellington to discuss and understand each concern and assign responsibilities to members of the sub-committee. Read more

Race Relations Day Events

Hello Everyone,

Settlement Support in partnership with New Plymouth District Council are running an event on Wednesday March 21st 5:30pm-8pm to Highlight Race Relations Day. We are in the initial stages of planning and having the event at the Huatoki Plaza.

Would you be interested in being part of this by:

  1. Running a food stall for “Taste the World” – We are looking for multi-ethnic groups who are interested in sharing food from their culture with members of the community. Each food stall will provide a sample of a traditional food from their culture, not a dinner portion more like a taster. The food will sell for $2 to keep it affordable. We will provide each stall with the serving plates, cutlery, serviettes, trestle table, pop up tent and a small koha (donation) will be given.
  2. Performance – we would like to give groups the opportunity to share a cultural performance (dance or vocal) as well. 20 minutes for each performance and a small koha (donation) will be given.

Limited spaces for both, to register your interest in either one of the above options please call … by the 24th of February 2012.

Hope you will support our community and make this event a success.

Geetha Kutty
Settlement Support Co-ordinator
Settle Support New Zealand
New Plymouth

From the President’s Desk – December 2011

Kumusta kayong lahat,

I hope you are in good health, as are my family and I.

Thank you to all the people that came with us to Hamilton. We held our own Labour Weekend – it was great. At the Federation meeting Edna proposed that the Taranaki Filipino Society, Inc. host a Labour Weekend in the near future. This will be one of those times where we all have to work together as a team. We have sufficient time to organise it as it will probably be the Labour Weekend in 2014. We want every one involved in this, so if you think you can spare some time, please we need you. Remember for you to be eligible to participate in the Labour Weekend competitions (eg. Basketball, Ten-pin Bowling, Dancing or the Beauty Pageant) you must have been a member of a club affiliated to the Federation for at least two years. We invite you to come back. Ring us and talk to us, or any committee member, if you can help. Join us now so that we can start as soon as possible.

I would like to thank Edna for organising the Ladies Only Night Out, it was a great night. Thank you very much and also thank you to everyone that came on that night – even though we were busy it was very enjoyable. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone. Please give us a ring

Ulinda Sandford
President

FFASCNZI Emails

FFASCNZI email – Christchurch Update (8 April 2011)

Dear All
The projects of the Christchurch it Assistance Group (CPAG) are still in full wing. They were able to get more volunteers to join and Christchurch has been divided into 11 Areas Barangays with 1-2 people as Area Coordinators. They will then meet the Filipinos in each area to get a first-hand information as to their specific needs. The process is anticipated to take a relatively long time as they can meet only on weekends.

As of Wed, 6 April, two more Filipino casualties have not been completely identified (Rhea Mae Sumalpong and Ezra Mae Medalle). The police is still requesting for more cloth samples for confirmatory DNA tests. Apparently, 11 more bodies have not yet been fully identified.

A number of nurses working in Christchurch has lost their workplaces (Clinics & hospitals) hence also their jobs. So with several Filipinos employed in various occupations. Although they might be able to avail of some benefits from the government agencies, there will definitely be long gaps or breaks in their income.

Hence, these are the people now who may need some assistance. The CPAG group, in consuItation with us and the Phil Embassy will issue food vouchers or even cash to those in need.

Thankfully, the Federation has been able to gather more than $12,000 as of today. The benevolence of some groups and individuals are highly appreciated. We might publicise the names of donors upon the completion of the solicitation process. To those who were not yet able to respond, whatever amount you can share will be much valued.

TFSI members – please make you donations through the Treasurer. In the meantime, would like to suggest that we start thinking of forming an Auckland-based Filipino Disaster or Crisis Team as learned from the Christchurch experience. We suggest to spearhead the formation of this
Team, and hopefully during the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Auckland in June, we will be able to get volunteers from the event visitors to sign up under various areas.

Pls send in your comments regarding this initiative.

Thank you very much.

Bert Ricacho
President, FFASCNZI

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