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"ASSOCIAZIONE PILIPINAS OFSPES aka OFSPES GETS THE GAWAD GENY LOPEZ JR. BAYANING PILIPINO AWARD"
OFSPES received the plaque from TFC- ABS/CBN on 16 July 2012 qualifying it as a finalist of the Global Bayaning Pilipino - Europe. The prestigious award is a joint project of ABS-CBN and UGAT Foundation that searches for associations/organizations doing projects and activities that: i) have a measurable impact, ii) highlight the value of unity (PAGKAKAISA), iii) focused on service, iv) transcend regionalism/parochialism, v) promote Filipino values and culture, and vi) participatory/people oriented.
OFSPES, in addition to other socio- economic and cultural programs, is the coordinator/organizing body of the LSE (Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship). Filipino migrants aged from 18 to 74 years old have benefited from the program. Some 450 migrants would have been reached from 2008 to 2012 covering 11 training batches, the 10th in Turin and the 11th in Milan. Over these years, the LSE alumni have become a positive force in Italy becoming change makers in their own right, in their families, and in some cases creating a ripple effect for improved community involvement in their associations or church groups.
Graduates learned to prepare business plans within a social entrepreneurship context. They have been able to instill financial discipline for themselves. Others have been able to start businesses , such as sushi bars in Turin, a cargo office in Milan, a printed magazine in Rome, to name a few.
The success of the program would not have been possible without the support of valuable partners - Ateneo School of Government, Philippine Embassy in Rome, Philippine Consulate General in Milan, Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Rome and Milan), the OWWA (Welfare Officers in Rome and Milan).

04 June 2008
Within the framework of the High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which took place on 3 June 2008 at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN-INSTRAW emphasizes the disproportionate impact that this crisis is having on women and girls, and calls for action to ensure their protection. .

Philippine Embassy, Rome launches Technology Programs for OFWs
14 March 2007 – Philippine Ambassador to Italy Philippe J. Lhuillier reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Embassy launched two technology-based programs that would benefit Overseas Filipino Workers on 11 March.In a ceremony attended by 200 Filipino Community leaders and Embassy officials, Ambassador Lhuillier led the ribbon-cutting to launch the 15-computer Community Technology Learning Center (CTLC) in the presence of Microsoft representatives headed by Microsoft Italy Government Affairs Director Peir Luigi Dal Pino. Rev. Fr. Albert Guevara, Sentro Pilipino Chaplain, celebrated Holy Mass and blessed the Center.The CTLC, generously sponsored by the Philippine Embassy, is a joint-project of software giant Microsoft, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Pilipinas-OFSPES, an Italy-based Filipino NGO.The center offers free computer lessons to the OFWs and their dependents from basic to specialized computer skills as well as free internet and Wifi usage time. It was designed to respond to the need for better and cheaper means of maintaining communications with loved ones in the Philippines and for possible job/salary upgrading at jobsite.Another service launched was the “One Follow Me Service” for OFWs, which was conceptualized by OWWA Administrator Marknito D. Roque. Designed by Microsoft, the Service provides a Global Dual Phone that would significantly reduce communication and remittance costs for migrant workers.Community leaders lined up to avail of the service after a comprehensive orientation to the service was delivered by Microsoft technology specialists Manie Tolosa, Jomar Geronimo and Tank Mostert, together with RCBC Italy Manager Guia Santos.“OFWs would now have the chance to make free cellphone to PC calls or chat in Wifi areas using the VOIP function of the mobile phone,” Ambassador Lhuillier noted. “They could also easily control their finances through their RCBC account with just a few clicks on the phone with no remittance charges.”Ambassador Lhuillier added that these technologies would “evidently bring Filipino families closer and surmount the fundamental social cost of migration, which is the physical separation of families." "Likewise, the skills acquired by our kababayans would eventually provide them with opportunities for higher paying jobs", he concluded. END. PHOTO GALLERIES

Immigrati,ecco la nuova legge. Ingressi più facili per chi è qualificato.
Dai Cpt ai centri d'identificazione.
Roma-Immigrazione:il governo si apresta a cambiare la Bossi-Fini. Nel disegno di legge dei ministri Amato e Ferrero sono previste corsie preferenziali per infermieri,badanti,colf,tecnici specializzati,manager.Per tutti,comunque,sarà abolito il contratto di soggiorno,previsto dalla attuale legislazione.Viene introdotto anche un test d'italiano nel Paese d'origine per iscriversi alle liste di <<collocamento>> nelle nostre ambasciate.Le espulsioni saranno decise dal giudice ordinario e non più da quello di pace,mentre si va verso il superamento graduale degli attuali cpt con la creazione di un triplo circuito via più restrittivo.

May mga Pinoy na nakatuklas na at kasalukuyang naglalaro ng War Games Soft Air dito sa Roma. Isang grupo na bumuo ng batalyon ng mga Pilipino laban sa batalyon ng mga Italyano. Para sa kanila isa itong larong may kakaibang karanasan, magandang ehersiyo sa katawan at pagpapahalaga sa ganda ng kalikasan....more.

Filippine, un leader contadino che non ci dimentica: Ka Memong
NINETY-ONE-year-old Felicisimo "Ka Memong" Patayan has earned the title "grand old man of the peasant movement and sustainable agriculture in the Philippines" through hard work, devotion to a sector that smells of soil and sun, and commitment to the oft-forgotten people of the land.more on the link.

Filipina honored by italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Rome, 08 March 2004 – Charito Basa was formally conferred today with Italy’s most distinguished award, the Order to the Merit of the Italian Republic, and was named Knight of the Republic by Italian President Carlo Aseglio Ciampi for her contributions in social development as well as in the promotion of the rights of women and migrants.

Quest'anno il più votato è stato Romulo Sabio Salvador
Romulo Sabio Salvador, 44 anni, filippino, già membro della Consulta cittadina per l'immigrazuione, si è preso la sua personale rivincita. Delle scorse elezioni nel 2004 era stato il vincitore morale. Il più votato, con 2.539 preferenze, aveva dovuto cedere il posto alla connazionale Irma Tobias Perez, per via del meccanismo elettorale che.....

A Filipina Crowned As Miss Italy in the World
Mara Morelli was crowned as Miss Italia Nel Mondo (Miss Italy in the World), a prestigious beauty contest held annually in Italy and broadcasted over Rai Uno. Mara represented the Philippines (Filippine). In the talent portion she danced the "Pandanggo Sa Ilaw". 37 other young ladies representing various countries vied for the title.