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    E-2010: Greg Macabenta, NaFFAA nov. 20, 2010 E-2010: Greg Macabenta, NaFFAA nov. 20, 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • THE STATE OF NAFFAA Report of the National Chair Greg B. Macabenta
      • Voted Nat’l Chair in Sept. 2008 at 8 th EC in Seattle, with Rozita Lee as Nat’l Vice-Chair,
      • *NaFFAA had serious problems:
        • Perceived as single issue org. (Vets Equity)
        • Regions had doubts about role; waiting for marching orders from national leadership
        • No funds, sponsorships and member dues nil
        • Office rent and salaries unpaid
        • 8 th EC had a deficit and payables
        • The Recession had set in
    • Our detractors said NaFFAA was terminal. Even NaFFAA’s loyal supporters felt that NaFFAA had one foot in the grave. Our challenge was to keep NaFFAA alive and nurse it back to health.
    • The NaFFAA National Team GREG B. MACABENTA ROZITA V. LEE FLORIAN PURGANAN National Chair National Vice-Chair National Youth Chair
    • The NaFFAA National Team GREG B. MACABENTA ROZITA V. LEE National Chair National Vice-Chair
    • The NaFFAA National Team LUDY CORRALES REUBEN SEGURITAN LULY ESCLAMADO JERRY CLARITO Nat’L Treasurer General Counsel Nat’l Director for Nat’l Director for Development Legislative Affairs JON MELEGRITO BING BRANIGIN LORNA DIETZ BEN DE GUZMAN Nat’l Director for Nat’l Media Nat’l Online NCAPA Communications Coordinator Coordinator Representative
    • The NaFFAA National Team BART TUBALINAL RODEL RODIS LULY ESCLAMADO JERRY CLARITO Nat’L Treasurer General Counsel Nat’l Director for Nat’l Director for Development Legislative Affairs JON MELEGRITO BING BRANIGIN LORNA DIETZ BEN DE GUZMAN Nat’l Director for Nat’l Media Nat’l Online NCAPA Communications Coordinator Coordinator Representative
    • Strategic Planning Conference held in Washington DC in Nov. 2008, attended by almost 70 leaders. Direction of NaFFAA charted.
      • NaFFAA redefined as COALITION of autonomous organizations and advocacy groups – not a monolithic umbrella organization
      • In line with spirit of the NaFFAA Constitution
      • By-Laws need to be amended to allow entry of national and regional FilAm organizations (FANHS, FWN, etc.); current ByLaws discourage this.
      • In interim, establish alliances with FilAm organizations and other advocacy groups.
      • Address wider range of issues, not single issue
      • Shift burden of activism and advocacy to the regions
      • National officers to motivate, integrate, coordinate and assist
      • Regional champions assigned to specific causes/issues
      • Change fund sharing to 80-20 instead of 50-50 to motivate regions
      • Revived alliance with Greenlining Coalition; Appointed NaFFAA Reg 8 Chair Jose Pecho and 9 th EC Chair Ben Menor to represent NaFFAA.
      • Activated alliance with NCAPA and other advocacy groups; appointed Ben de Guzman (NAFVE Exec Director) as NaFFAA rep in Washington DC
      • Strengthened ties with White House and Capitol Hill; joined meetings with Obama transition team
      • Raised $16,000 initially to cover payables.
      • Paid off office back rental.
      • Partially paid auditor
      • Moved office to cheaper and then to RENT-FREE location in Washington DC area.
      • NaFFAA office is at National Philippine Multicultural Center in Oxon Hill, MD,
      • courtesy of Hon. David Valderrama,
      • NaFFAA charter member and former member, Maryland House of Delegates
      • Discontinued services of Exec Director and Admin Asst.; Nat’l Chair assumed functions.
      • Raised funds from regions to cover back wages. Loida Nicolas-Lewis offered $5,000 Challenge Grant
      • Negotiated and paid off back wages of Admin Asst; Exec Dir waived balance of back wages
      • Raised funds from regions to cover 8 th EC payables.
      • Reg 3 biggest contributor.
      • Gen. Counsel Reuben Seguritan negotiated reduction.
      • Nat’l Chair visited all regions early in term to talk to leaders, resolve local conflicts, attend NaFFAA events.
      • Nat’l Vice-Chair made several
      • trips to Washington DC to
      • represent NaFFAA and work
      • on issues.
      • All expenses paid from
      • personal funds – not from
      • NaFFAA.
      • .
      • NaFFAA operated with no overhead.
      • Operating expenses absorbed by Nat’l Chair
      • Operational and management functions handled by Nat’l Chair and Nat’l Vice-Chair
      • Recession worsened. Fund sources dried up. NaFFAA had to dig in and go into SURVIVAL MODE
      • .
      • Advocacy continued despite financial and logistical difficulties.
      • FilVets struggle partially won with $198 mil benefits package. Charge led by NAFVE with NaFFAA leaders Rozita Lee, Jon Melegrito, Nony Abrajano, Ernie Ramos, Jerry Clarito , Bing Branigin, Eric Lachica and Ben de Guzman
      • .
      • FilVote campaign launched nationally with media support
      • .Immigration advocacy pursued; rally in Washington DC
      • Foreclosure prevention workshops held, led by Reg 8
      • NaFFAA represented in meetings of Obama Transition Team. Active endorsement of FilAms for key positions.
      • Nat’l Vice-Chair Rozita Lee appointed to White House Advisory Committee on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, along with FilAm Hector Vargas.
      • Much needs to be done. We still lack CLOUT.
      • .
      • Focus on Philippine presidential elections:
        • Voter education in cooperation with Ad Foundation of the Phils.
        • Planned Presidential
        • Debate, initiated by
        • Region 1, FALDEF
        • and Aquila Legis
        • Intensified Dual Citizenship and Overseas Absentee Voting campaign
        • US Pinoys for Good Governance led by NaFFAA leaders
      •  
      • The regions responded positively.
      • NaFFAA Spirit demonstrated.
      • .
      • Visibility of NaFFAA kept high in national media and on the Internet
      • NaFFAA on White House email loop
      • NaFFAA assistance sought on State Sec Hillary Clinton’s visit to Manila
      • Attacks of vicious detractors neutralized with media counter-attack and Vote of Confidence of entire leadership
      • .
      • NaFFAA condemnation of Floyd Mayweather for racial slur vs. Manny Pacquiao and Filipinos carried in USA Today, ESPN and international media
    • Regions were featured in Filipinas Magazine
      • .
      • Media & Communications Team did superb job:
        • Jon Melegrito, Nat’l Communications Director
        • Bing Branigin, Nat’l Media Coordinator
        • Lorna Dietz, Nat’l Online Coordinator
    • THIS IS THE STATE OF NAFFAA TODAY We have a federation that is operating on empty and in Survival Mode. But NaFFAA is alive and still actively pursuing its Mission
      • .
      • The situation is NOT IDEAL.
      • Full-time Exec Director and staff needed for NaFFAA to operate optimally.
      • But this is the best option under present circumstances.
      • Hopefully, the new leadership will find better options until the Recession is over.
      • .
      • Where we have been remiss is in forging a partnership with the Youth.
      • The theme of this conference is designed to address that need.
      • We ask the incoming leadership to follow through on what we are trying to do today.
    • DIGEST OF REGIONAL REPORTS The activities of the regions represent the sum total of the importance of NaFFAA in our community’s struggle for empowerment.
      • REGION 1 – Eastern Region
      • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island & Vermont
      • Regional Chair – Roger Alama
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Lito Pernia
      • REGION 1 – Eastern Region
      • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island & Vermont
      • Regional Chair – Roger Alama
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Lito Pernia
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FILIPINO AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATION FUND (FALDEF) – JT Mallonga, Chair
      • Aid to Sentosa Nurses
      • Assistance to Dr. Pedro and Salve Servando
      • FILVETS – Lobbying for Veterans Equity
      • SELF-RELIANCE & ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM
      • PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
      • REGION 1 – Eastern Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • *FILVOTE – House-to-house voter registration
      • REGION 2 – Capitol Region
      • Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia Regional Chair – Gicelle Fundales (on leave)
      • Acting Chair (Regional Vice-Chair) – Bert Dayao
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • CAPITOL HILL LOBBYING
        • FILVETS – Led lobbying efforts for Vets Equity and approval of $198 mil benefits package
        • Health Care Bill – Met with Congressmen to lobby approval
        • Comprehensive Immigration Reform – Led lobbyng efforts
      • OBAMA TRANSITION TEAM –
        • Led NaFFAA efforts for FilAms to be appointed to key positions; Nat’l Vice-Chair Rozita Lee and Hector Vargas appointed to WHACAAPI
      • REGION 2 – Capitol Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FREE-RENT NAFFAA OFFICE – Negotiated and handled physical transfer to rent-free quarters in Oxon Hill
      • NCAPA –
      • Represented NaFFAA in alliances with other minority groups (NCAPA, etc.)
    • REGION 3 – Midwest Region Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin Regional Chair – Ed Navarra Regional Vice-Chair – Princess Emraida Kiram  
      • REGION 3 – Midwest Region
      • Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan,
      • Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin
      • Regional Chair – Ed Navarra
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Princess Emraida Kiram
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FILVOTE – Ed Navarro co-chair of national FilVote campaign
      • FILVETS & CIR – Jerry Clarito, Nat’l Director for Legislative Affairs active in NAFVE and in lobbying for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
      •  
      • REGION 3 – Midwest Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • AID TO THE PHILIPPINES – Gawad Kalinga, Books for the Barrios, first responders to calamities
      • First 2 nd Gen FilAm in US Congress – Rep. Steve Austria
      • FILAM HISTORY MONTH – Major activities in region commemorating October as FilAm History Month
      •  
    • REGION 4 – Southern Region Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North & South Carolina and Tennessee Regional Chair – Marilyn Doromal Regional Vice-Chair – Gloria Vergara
      • REGION 4 – Southern Region
      • Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
      • North & South Carolina and Tennessee
      • Regional Chair – Marilyn Doromal
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Gloria Vergara
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • *FILVETS – Was among the prime movers in lobbying with Dr. Ernie Ramos
      • POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE – Hosted organizational meeting of separate PAC (Filipino American Public Affairs Coalition with the late Dr. Ernie Ramos as Chair)
      • REGION 4 – Southern Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • *HOSTED AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR YOUNG POLITICAL LEGISLATORS (ACYPL) – F unded by US Department of Justice. Four young Philippine political leaders welcomed; discussed how they can help new Admin of Pres. Noynoy Aquino  
      • *PINOY FIESTA – Welcome FilAm soldiers from Fort Benning and Middle East war fronts
      • * LANGUAGE IMMERSION - Program for children 8-14 yrs old
    • REGION 4 – Southern Region Regional Chair Emeritus – Dr. Ernie Ramos (Deceased)
    • REGION 5 – Central Region Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Wyoming Regional Chair – Donna LaVigne Regional Vice-Chair – Dr. Erlinda Rojas-Santos Regional Youth Chair – Francis Macalalag
      • REGION 5 – Central Region
      • Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska,
      • North & South Dakota, Wyoming Regional Chair – Donna LaVigne
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Dr. Erlinda Rojas-Santos
      • Regional Youth Chair – Francis Macalalag
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • CULTURAL PROGRAM – Concert of Young Symphonic Ensemble conducted by Michael Dadap. Dubbed event Fiestiva Asiana and involved Asian community. So successful, it will become an annual “Filipiniana” event.
      • FUND-RAISING FOR PHILIPPINE RELIEF - Funds raised went to Philippine calamity victims. Donated $6,000 for typhoon Ondoy victims thru Red Cross.
      • REGION 5 – Central Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • * GAWAD KALINGA -  Funds raised built GK Colorado Village in the Philippines: 30 individual homes that shelter 30 formerly homeless families, victims of 2005 mudslide in Luzon.
      •  
      • ANNUAL CONSULAR OUTREACH – Hosted Phil Consulate; over 500 Dual Citizens took oath.
      • * PROJECT CURE – Fil-Am Community of Colorado with Rotary Club and Province of Aklan; $600,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies donated to Aklan Provincial Hospital.
      •  
    • REGION 6 – Southwest Region Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Regional Chair – Norma Benzon (Deceased) Interim Regional Chair – Gus Mercado .
      • REGION 6 – Southwest Region
      • Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Regional Chair – Norma Benzon (Deceased)
      • Interim Regional Chair – Gus Mercado
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • ENTREPENEURSHIP – In line with goal of economic empowerment, DataLogix Texas, Inc., fastest-growng wireless firm in US. Gus Mercado, Pres & CEO. Cited as “minority-owned company creating jobs in Silicon Valley while other companies are retrenching.”
      • TRADE MISSION TO PHILIPPINES - Just came from successful trade mission, closed millions in new business deals.
      • REGION 6 – Southwest Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • TEXAS 10 RECALLED – Region 6 hit national and international news when Gus Mercado took up the case of 10 Filipino airline workers jailed by INS. Entire NaFFAA network contributed to legal defense.
      • FOUNDERS AWARD – Region 6 given Founders Award at empowerment conference in Hawaii for aid to Katrina victims thru Filipino Disaster Relief of Texas (FDRT).
    • REGION 6 – Southwest Region Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Regional Chair – Norma Benzon (Deceased)
    • REGION 7 – Pacific Northwest Region Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington Regional Chair – Tess Atayde Regional Vice-Chair – Mariela Fletcher
      • REGION 7 – Pacific Northwest Region
      • Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington Regional Chair – Tess Atayde
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Mariela Fletcher
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • HOST OF 8 TH EC - Region 7 hosted the 8 th National Empowerment Conference in Seattle.
      • DISTINCTION – Seattle in Region 7 is the only city in the US with a Rizal Bridge leading to a Rizal Park adorned with a Rizal Bust. All initiated by the FilAm community, most of whom are NaFFAA leaders.
    • REGION 8 – Northern California Region S a n Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Regional Chair – Jose Pecho Regional Vice-Chair – Lorna Dietz Regional Youth Chair – Jenab-I Pareja
      • REGION 8 – Northern California Region
      • S a n Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Regional Chair – Jose Pecho
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Lorna Dietz
      • Regional Youth Chair – Jenab-I Pareja
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • CRADLE OF NaFFAA – Home region of NaFFAA founders, Alex Esclamado and Rodel Rodis (NaFFAA General Counsel); outgoing National Chair Greg Macabenta; National Online Coordinator Lorna Dietz; NaFFAA Greenlining Representatives, Jose Pecho and Ben Menor.
      • REGION 8 – Northern California Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • HOST OF 9 TH EC - Region 8 is the host of this conference. Ben Menor, Santa Clara Count Chair, is Chairman of Organizing Committee.
      • NAFFAA REPRESENTED IN GREENLINING COALITION (ORIGINAL BENEFACTOR OF NaFFAA) – Jose Pecho and Ben Menor represent NaFFAA in this coalition of minority advocacy organizations.
      • REGION 8 – Northern California Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FORECLOSURE PREVENTION WORKSHOPS – In the face of mortgage meltdown, conducted workshops in cooperation with Mabuhay Alliance and Greenlining Coalition
      • MASS ACTION VS. SAN FRANCISCO – Protest over discimination vs. FilAm non-profit service entity in terms of financial subsidy and absence of Filipino art and FilAm trustee in Asian Art Museum. Successful.
      • REGION 8 – Northern California Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FILVETS - Among the earliest and most active proponents of veterans equity; lobbied and succeeded in winning citizenship for Filipino WW II
      • TYPHOON ONDOY FUND DRIVE – Staged major fund-raiser with Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke as host.
    • REGION 9 – Los Angeles Region Greater Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties North Regional Chair – Susan Maquindang Dilkes Regional Vice-Chair – Cha Carrera Regional Youth Chair – Berwyn Salazar
      • REGION 9 – Los Angeles Region
      • Greater Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties North
      • Regional Chair – Susan Maquindang Dilkes
      • Regional Vice-Chair – Cha Carrera
      • Regional Youth Chair – Berwyn Salazar
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FILVOTE – One of the earliest and most active in FilAm voter registration; conducted study on significance of FilAm vote in mainstream elections.
      • FILVETS – Among the the most active in lobbying for FilVets Equity, led by Susan Maquindang Dilkes and FASGI
      • REGION 9 – Los Angeles Region
      • LA HAS LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF FILIPINOS IN ONE METRO AREA – Yet NaFFAA has not been able to establish a solid presence in it. Pioneers like Soc Inonog and Susan Maquindang Dilkes have kept the fire burning, but they need support.
    • REGION 10 – San Diego Region Greater San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties Regional Chair – Aurora Cudal Regional Vice-Chair – JoAnn Fields .
    • REGION 10 – San Diego Region Greater San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties Regional Chair – Aurora Cudal Regional Vice-Chair – JoAnn Fields KEY INITIATIVES * FILVETS – Home district of Rep. Bob Filner, principal sponsor of FilVets Equity Bill; Region actively lobbied and supported Rep. Filner through the years. * GAWAD KALINGA – NaFFAA leaders helped organize fair for GK in San Diego and built houses for slum dwellers in the Philippines.
      • REGION 10 – San Diego Region
      • SAN DIEGO became inactive with the relocation of Region Chair Al Villamora to Italy.
      • Dr. Aurora Cudal, Region Chair Emeriti, has committed to nurse the region back to life .
      • * SAN DIEGO HAS ALMOST 200,000 FILIPINOS, NEXT TO LOS ANGELES IN SIZE OF FILAM POPULATION – The region needs special attention and support from NaFFAA national.
    • REGION 11 – Greater Nevada Region Arizona, Nevada and Utah) Regional Chair – Nadia Jurani Regional Vice-Chair – Rex Velasquez Regional Youth Chair – Brendan Flores
    • REGION 11 – Greater Nevada Region Arizona, Nevada and Utah) Regional Chair – Nadia Jurani Regional Vice-Chair – Rex Velasquez Regional Youth Chair – Brendan Flores KEY INITIATIVES * LAS VEGAS - Home turf of national vice-chair Rozita Lee and Comelec Chair Martin Celemin * FIL VOTE – National leader in FilVote effort, thru Gloria Caoile, national vice-chair emeriti, and Rozita Lee.  
      • REGION 11 – Greater Nevada Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • SENATE ACTION ON FILAM HISTORY MONTH – Lobbied Sen. Harry Reid to file and get approval of Senate Resolution designating October as Filipino American History Month.
      • * FIL VOTE – National Vice-Chair Rozita Lee lobbied hard for Vets Equity, thru Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid.  
      •  
      •  
      • REGION 11 – Greater Nevada Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • VITA PROGRAM – Launched annual VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) Program.
      • * REGIONAL EXPANSION – Activation of Arizona State Chapter with Philippine Public Health Foundation USA under Dr. Rinly Gecosala of Tucson, AZ.  
      •  
      • REGION 11 – Grreater Nevada Region
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • ANNUAL FIESTA FILIPINO – Philippine Independence Day Fair.
      • CENSUS 2010 - Leadership in Census participation by FilAm community. Rozita Lee represented NaFFAA national.
    • REGION 12 – Pacific Islands Region Hawaii, Guam and The Marianas Regional Chair – Ron Menor Regional Vice Chair - Amy Agbayani Regional Youth Chair – Rouel Velasco
      • REGION 12 – Pacific Islands Region
      • Hawaii, Guam and The Marianas
      • Regional Chair – Ron Menor Regional Vice Chair - Amy Agbayani Regional Youth Chair – Rouel Velasco
      • KEY INITIATIVES
      • FILVETS – Hawaii is home district of Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, principal sponsors of Vets Equity Bill in the Senate. Region 12 lobbied actively for their support.
      • POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT - Hawaii has elected largest number of FilAms to State legislature and the first FilAm State Governor, Gov. Ben Cayetano
    • THA NK YOU FOR THE HONOR AND THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING YOU AS YOUR NATIONAL CHAIR. I WISH THE INCOMING NATIONAL CHAIR, NATIONAL VICE-CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS ALL THE BEST.