A Mini-Summit from Diaspora to Development will be held on June 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lovin’ Life Learning Center at 4 West 43rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in New York City.

This mini-summit is a precursor to the Global Summit that is being organized and co-sponsored by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, US Pinoys for Good Governance, and National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

The First Global Summit will be held in Manila on Sept. 27 to 28 with the following objectives: (a) to highlight the achievements of overseas Filipinos in all fields all over the world and to discuss how these could be harnessed systematically and synergistically for the country’s development;

(b) to create, grow and sustain an “eco-system”/network of leaders of the Overseas Filipino community;

(c) to launch the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ “Diaspora to Development” or “D2D” institutional program.

About 1,000 participants are expected to attend.

The main convenor and organizer of the Global Summit is Secretary Imelda Nicolas of the Commission on Overseas Filipinos.

Topics that will be discussed at the mini-summit on June 18 include: portability of Medicare, the Dream Act, the importance of dual citizenship, amendment to the Overseas Voting Act to repeal the three-year promise to return to the Philippines when a Filipino immigrant casts an absentee ballot in a Philippine election from abroad.

Loida Nicolas Lewis will be the main convenor at the mini-summit.

Invited speakers include representatives from the Philippine Consulate General in NY, and experts on the topics such as Eric Lachica (Medicare portability), and JT Mallonga (Dream Act).

May Paner, a famous comedian from Manila who portrayed Juana Change during the campaign days of Aquino and Roxas, may perform.

Registration fee for the whole day, which includes lunch and coffee/tea all day is $15.

Space is extremely limited so pre-registration is important.

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