Evelyn Zaragoza

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The Queensland Filipino-Australian Women Achievement Awards (QFAWAA) 2013:  Media Launch


Background of QFAWAA Series of Events :  The 5-yearly event  of the Queensland Filipino Women Achievement Awards (QFAWAA) quest is now on in its 3rd Series for QFAWAA 2013 Nominees/Award Recipients. The QFAWAA Series of Events was initiated in 1999 by then incumbent Philippine Ambassador to Australia, H. E. Delia Domingo Albert, inspired by her concern about the negative image of women of Filipino background in Australia, mainly due to unfavourable treatment in the media. Her concern was shared by a group of women at a meeting in June 1999 who decided to form themselves as a Taskforce responsible for the implementation of the Ambassador’s idea.  The successful awards project in Queensland became a Model which later on was adopted in some Australian States. The QFAWAA Series is in cooperation with the Office of the Philippine Consulate General of Queensland under the Auspices of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) Ltd. 

Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:55

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 Solicitor, in Victoria




Misconduct and performance issues are widely held grounds for dismissal.


These misconduct and performance issues are significantly high in the agenda or in the context of dismissal or termination of employment in our workplace. The issues of misconduct and poor performance can easily be manufactured or distorted to suit ones need.


Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:31

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Atty. Jalilo O. dela Torre-online


  by  Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre

  Labour Attache II

  Philippine Embassy,







The brains and brawn of this Southeast Asian nation of more than 90 million people have built the physical and infrastructure of many Middle Eastern and Asian countries, and have earned their keep and kept the Philippine economy bouncing for the last 40 years. At the last reckoning, our foreign exchange remittances from our 10 million workers abroad amount to $20 billion dollars, nearly 10% of our Gross Domestic Product. Our skilled workers and professionals are some of the most productive in the world, and employers of overseas Filipino workers generally rehire them year in and year out because they are “competent, industrious, productive, resourceful, honest, disciplined, creative and innovative”. 


Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:15

Filipino Migrants Forum

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If you are applying for a visa under skilled independent, skilled family sponsored or state sponsored migration, employer nomination scheme, temporary business long stay or working visa, your nominated occupation must be in the relevant qualifying occupations list. The list identifies occupations which are of high value to assist in meeting the medium and long term skill needs of the Australian economy.


Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:10






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  Migration Agent





Australia In the Asian Century Emerging Stronger In The Region


Developing stronger ties with Asia, is the focus and foundation   of the Prime Minister’s paper on ‘Australia In The Asian Century’. The government  has set 25 national objectives on its road to navigating the Asian century to 2025 over the next 13 years


Australia “will emerge stronger over the decades” a strong rhetorical commitment coming from the country’s leader Julia Gillard.


Feedbacks on President Aquino’s State Visit to Australia on the 24 to 26 October have been overall,  very positive.
His itinerary in Australia started with the Welcome Ceremony at the Lakeside Lawn Government House hosted by the Governor General Quentin Bryce and Mr Michael Bryce followed by the meeting with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Parliament House in Canberra, meeting with her Cabinet Members. The Air Services Agreement was also signed between the Philippines and Australia at the Parliament House. Wreath Laying was done at the Australian War Memorial. 

Later in the evening, the Official Dinner was hosted by the Prime Minister at the Private Dining Room of the Parliament House. 

The second day of the State Visit kicked off with the Luncheon hosted by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell at the State Parliament House. The President also met various business leaders of big companies which included Telstra, Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company, Macquarie. He also addressed the Philippines–Australia Business Forum hosted by PABC and APBC led by the Presidents of the two groups, Mr Albert Garcia and Edward Alcordo, respectively. He also had a private  meeting with the Opposition Leader Tony Abbot. 

Highlight of the day was the  Business Dinner at the Shangri-la Hotel at the Rocks hosted by Asia Society Australia and the APBC where he also addressed the full house crowd.

The last day of the State Visit was all Filipino Community Affair, which started with the unveiling of the Statue of Dr Jose Rizal at the Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, Campbelltown was hosted by the Campbelltown City Council in coordination with Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis as focal person of the unveiling ceremony, assisted by the officers and members of the Rizal Park Movement of Campbelltown. 

Ambassador Belen Anota was responsible in securing Rizal statue from Mr. Eduardo Castrillo.

It was followed by the Filipino Community Meeting with President Aquino at John Therry Catholic High School in Rosemeadow.  The focal person for the FILCOM was Consul Marford Angeles in coordination with the Philippine Community council of NSW led by President Atoy Sayas.

He stressed the Government’s back to basic’s style of governance which is a public service for the people, the economic performance, curbing out of corruption, and the government priorities of revenue collection, education, tourism (It’s more fun in the Philippines), agriculture and mining. He was very proud of the Philippines’ leading the Call Centre Industry taking over from India and the upgrading of the Philippines Credit Rating for as many as eight times so far.

His constant reference of the Corona Case and the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received loud cheers from the crowd but to some supporters of the Past President, they think he should concentrate more of what the government has achieved so far and more of what he still has to do in the future.

The last event attended by President Aquino was the defense demonstration at Holsworthy.  

We believe that the 44 million pesos State Visit to New Zealand and Australia was all worth it and the impact on the Philippine economy will continue to reap the benefit.

The effect of the restoration of the “Pride of being a Filipino “ to the Filipino Australians and worldwide cannot be underestimated.