The speakers and moderators of the forum with Philippine Consulate officials. From right, Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, Consul General Ma. Theresa Dizon-de Vega, Councilman Salvador Deauna, Cheryl Quinio-Blogett, Arvind Swamy, Cristina Pastor and Consul Arman R. Talbo.  (Photo by NYPCG)

Fil-Am community members in Jersey City, N.J. held the “Filipino Americans in Politics,” a forum on how to be involved in the political process in the United States, on March 16, 2017.

The Fil-Am speakers who shared their views and experiences in the political field are Councilman Salvador Deauna of Bergenfield; Cheryl Quinio-Blogett, President of Keenyo Consultants, LLC; and Arvind Swamy, Managing partner of City Strategy.

The event was moderated by Filipino-American press members Lenn Almadin-Thornhill and Cristina Pastor.

The speakers discussed the importance of participating in the U.S. political arena, starting with the local councils and institutions.

The speakers and the audience, both those at the venue and online, exchanged ideas on the different approaches to encourage members of the Fil-Am community to actively and constructively participate in different political activities and have their voices heard.

Philippine Consul General in New York Ma. Theresa Dizon-de Vega shared the need to “incubate” and mentor upcoming Fil-Am leaders who are inclined in governance to train and prepare them for their future roles and maximize their potential.

She also emphasized the importance of getting involved in local organizations and institutions like the school and zoning boards.

The Consulate, in coordination with Filipino-American politicians and community leaders, is slated to conduct this year a follow-up seminar on mentoring the emerging  generation of Filipino-Americans with an interest in and potential for political advocacy and governance work.

The seminar likewise aims to educate the community on civic and political systems and processes.

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