"EMPOWERING THE FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY"
NaFFAA of Iowa
Our Future Leaders
Dual Citizenship Oath Taking
Philippine VP Leni Robredo keynote speaker at the 12th National Empowerment Conference,
Independence Day, June 12
by Stephany Bai and Charles Lam
A bill that would honor the more than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American veterans of World War II is one step closer to becoming law.
The Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 30 following remarks by the bill's sponsor — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) — and several co-sponsors, including Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Joe Heck (R-Nevada), Mike Honda (D-Calif.), and Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii). The bill had previously passed the Senate in July. It will now head to the desk of President Barack Obama.
"Today is truly a great day, a significant seminal period in American history — second only to the liberation of the Philippines and surrender of the Japanese Imperial Forces on August 15, 1945," retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, said in a statement. "Now we can tell our veterans with pride in our hearts that this grateful nation has, at last, granted them recognition for the selfless sacrifice they endured in war, and restored their dignity and honor in service to their nation."
CHICAGO PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL CONDUCTS OUTREACH SERVICE IN DES MOINES, IOWA,
OCTOBER 01, 2016
The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago conducted its ninth consular outreach service for the year in Des Moines, Iowa to serve Filipinos in the Hawkeye State’s capital and its surrounding areas.
From as far as neighboring Nebraska,a group of Filipinos came to avail themselves of the services offered by the consular team composed of Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor Israel Jr., Elizabeth G. Villa, Arneil D. Torres, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, Christina D. Aquino, and Jerwin I. Mamalateo.
To former Filipinos who came to re-acquire and retain their Philippine citizenship under R.A. 9225, DCG Israel remarked that they would not only regain the rights and privileges, but also assume the duties, of citizens of the Philippines, and so he encouraged them to register later on as overseas voters. He also mentioned the importance for Filipino Americans of participating in the electoral processes in the United States, noting that early voting has begun in Iowa on September 29.
Ms. Sanjita Pradhan, Executive Officer of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs of the Iowa Department of Human Rights, gave a talk on how her state agency supports and trains up-and-coming members of the different Asian American communities to apply to and actively engage in various local boards and commissions as a way of empowering their communities. She emphasized the need for Asian Americans to increase their civic engagement so that political leaders and policymakers would pay attention and direct resources to address their specific needs and concerns.
Mr. Roel Campos of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Iowa coordinated with the Consulate General for the consular outreach to be held at the World Financial Group premises in Des Moines.
At the end of the day, the consular team rendered a total of 166 services, including 99 e-passport applications, 32 dual citizenship applications and 35 civil registration and notarial services.
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