Category Public Announcement
Philipine President Benigno Aquino is due to visit New Zealand and Australia from 22 – 26 October 2012. Refer to the links below to read more of his itinerary in New Zealand, Canberra and Sydney;
Those wishing to hear his Key Note Address at a Business Dinner in Sydney: click here for the invitation form.
The Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs is reminding all overseas Filipino voters that there will be national elections held on 13 May 2013. Filipinos abroad will once again have the opportunity to participate in this important political process by voting in these elections. A pre-requisite for voting is registration as Overseas Absentee Voters.
Registration at the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate is on-going and will last until 31 October 2012.
My Health, My Wealth Program: 26-27 Nov 2011, Philippine Fiesta, Melbourne Showgrounds
Bayanihan Australia Community Network Inc (BACNI) is a non-profit Filipino Australian community organization based in the City of Melbourne. The volunteer organization was established in 2005, with membership from across Melbourne and regional Geelong. Our vision of “community partners delivering benefits to the Filipino Australian community” is founded on the bayanihan spirit of volunteering, positive leadership and partnerships with mainstream organizations.
The my health, my wealth Volunteer Program is part of BACNI’s 5-year Strategic Plan 2011-2015. The Program is a health information initiative aimed at providing Filipino Australian families with correct and appropriate information to improve their access to community and health services when they need support. Using bayanihan spirit of community volunteering, the health professionals delivering the Program are qualified personnel who agree to do health promotion free of charge.
BACNI is supporting Philippine Fiesta 2011 by running my health, my wealth Volunteer Program sessions on 26-27 November 2011 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Joint initiative to foster communication and coordinate Filipino community activities
Filipino community associations in Victoria have always been active fundraisers for various causes in the Philippines. However, the increased number of fundraising events, sometimes by the same association and with no coordination with other groups, has created issues such as date clashes for events, the same potential donors unsure which fundraiser to attend and conflicting events dividing instead of strengthening community support. Yearly Philippine calamities in particular highlighted problems of confusion, poor communication, inefficiencies and lack of reporting accountability when concerned groups try to raise funds separately but on the same dates.
In late 2009, three Filipino organisations: Circulo Capizeno of Melbourne Inc, Ilocano Association of Victoria Inc and Pampangueno Club of Victoria Inc agreed to respond collectively, formed a Committee and started a community initiative as a solution to the issues.
As a first step, the Committee (presently called Emergency Relief Fund for Philippines) sent out an open invitation to known organisations to a community meeting on 10 January 2010 to offer ideas to the wider community for comment and input. The agenda items were:
- To compile a Community Calendar of Events 2010 to improve planning, foster cooperation and prevent the event clashes of previous years
- After the Typhoon Ondoy fundraising efforts in 2009, to propose and agree on a co-ordinated community response to future Philippine calamities.
All community groups and associations were invited to comment, ask questions, add their events to the Calendar, add/ remove/update their organisation details on the List of Filipino Community Organisations by 31 January 2010.
For Minutes of the Meeting click here
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Bayanihan Australia Community Network Inc (BACNI)
Is inviting Expressions of Interest from Filipino Australian individuals and associations to perform in the 3rd Pasko sa Nayon Christmas Concert in December 2009 at Federation Square.
BACNI has successfully staged Pasko sa Nayon (Christmas in the Village) in Melbourne CBD since 2007 in order to bring Filipino Australians together, showcase Filipino talent and promote positive aspects of Philippine culture to our second generation and to the wider community. The theme for
2009 Pasko is “gen2gen- generations together”.