Consul General Maria Theresa Dizon-de Vega (foreground, center) with participants to the Feb. 18 Fil-Am Community General Assembly in New York. (Photo by Yetbo LoveRita)
Consul General Maria Theresa Dizon-de Vega, who assumed her position as Philippines Consul General in New York and the Northeast in November 2016, has been demonstrating her close engagement and connection with the Filipino-American community in her jurisdiction.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, she invited various Fil-Am organizations to a day-long General Assembly at the Philippine Consulate offices in New York City.
Some 200 leaders of 95 Fil-Am organizations in Northeast USA attended.
For almost an hour, the petite and approachable Con Gen de Vega enumerated the varied Fil-Am community-related achievements of the N.Y. PH Consulate in 2016.
She also informed her audience of the Consulate’s initiatives and activities in 2017.
She had a list of over 60 events and activities ranging from town hall meetings, focus discussions, book launchings, movie showings, Simbang Gabi, Independence Day programs, Trade & Tourism events and other collaborative projects with community organizations.
Con Gen de Vega speaks before the Assembly. (Photo by Arman R. Talbo)
The Con Gen had also a schedule of 15 Consular Outreach activities in 2017 in order to serve Filipinos living in various States outside of New York City needing Consular services like passports and the like.
In the afternoon session of the Saturday General Assembly, the participants broke out into separate groups.
Each group was assigned to conceptualize and identify a Philippine-related project, new or existing, for reporting to the whole Assembly.
Representatives from the Departments of Trade, Tourism and Pagibig Fund also spoke in the morning session.
The positive response of the Filipino-American associations to the invitation by Consul General de Vega was encouraging.
The Bayanihan spirit is alive in the Northeast.
Con Gen de Vega with the Filipino Reporter’s Manny Caballero (left) and CFC ANCOP Northeast A Region’s Roger Santos. (Groupie photo)