OAV 2007 Assessments
4 June 2007-Riyadh, KSA
Filipino Community Leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia gathered at Al Mutlaq Hotel last Friday, June 1, 2007. Guest of Honors aside from Ambassador Tony Villamor was Consul General Nestor Padalhin, Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente and Vice Consul Reyes of Assistance to National Section.
The forum initiated by the OFW Congress-Riyadh tackles important issues more particularly the outcome of the just recently concluded Overseas Absentee Voting in Saudi Arabia.
Francis Oca, who was given the floor on the Filcom assessments of 2007 OAV, focuses on the issue that may contribute to the success or failure of the OAV exercise. These three areas are information dissemination, community participation, and election paraphernalia. He also emphasized in his presentation the contributing factors in which the Comelec, DFA and the Filipino Community need to address for the success of OAV in the next 2010 election. Mr. Oca was OFWC representative in the Congressional Committee Hearing on Absentee Voting in Congress held this year in Manila.
The assessment was presented, for comments and amendments, in a meeting of 45 members of the OFW Congress and representatives of various community organizations.
Ambassador Tony Villamor in his message to the Filcom leaders stresses a point that the result of the OAV relies much on the participation of every Filipino and their desire to vote in which it is a privilege and obligation to exercise their right of suffrage. He added that “the assessments should not be focused or based on the Kingdom low turn out of absentee voters rather to assessed the outcome in global perspective”, he mean the OAV overall turn out worldwide.
He also expresses concerns about the issue of the new Embassy policy in which he explained that there was no new policy under his administration. He pointed out that there should be a strict guidance in Filipino Community gatherings inside the Embassy compound in respect to the host countries customs and traditions. He added that “We are just guest in this country and we should abide with their laws and must comply with their rules and regulations”.
Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente in his short remarks invited all Filcom leaders and those members who wish to attend the “Colayco Special Lecture-Workshop” on Thursday, 7:30 PM, 07 June 2007 at Philippine Embassy.
Mr. Francisco Colayco, an accomplished Filipino businessman and the author of the 2006 NBS Bestseller “Wealth Within Your Reach”: “Pera Mo Palaguin Mo” will be in the Kingdom for a series of lecture discussions with the Filipino Community. Mr. Colayco’s lecture will emphasize productivity at work, positive work attitude and consciousness on individual savings and family financial management.
Further, the Labor Attache Dela Fuente announced that on June 15, 2007, 6:00 PM there would be a big night for the Filipino Community in Riyadh as part of the Filipino Migrant Workers Day and Philippine Independence Day celebration.