Filipino organisation in UAE to be dissolved, undergo name change

DUBAI - A Filipino multi-sectoral and non-profit organisation in the UAE that was formally inaugurated in Dubai on January 23 this year will be dissolved and is likely to undergo a name change after the May 10 elections, revealed Cesar Ong, the spokesperson of Kaisahan ng Mamamayan para sa Bayan (Kaisambayan) said yesterday.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Fri 23 Apr 2004, 1:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:09 PM

"Kaisambayan is based in the Philippines, and is an umbrella organisation made of different sectors. I had formed the UAE Chapter to cater to migrant workers' interests. We have been identified with campaigning for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the elections, although we are in the process of consolidating organisations here. We might have to rename this organisation to Kalahi, an existing non-governmental organisation in the Philippines under the Coalition of Genuine Migrant Advocates (CGMA)," he told Khaleej Times.

Mr Ong had earlier informed Khaleej Times that it had plans to register the organisation under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy when Poe Gratela, founding chairman of Coalition of Genuine Migrants and Advocates, arrives in the UAE. Mr Gratela, who visited the UAE from April 9 to 13, had called on Consul General Generoso Calonge at the Philippine Embassy. Till date, the organisation has not been registered with the embassy.

Explaining his position, Mr Ong said: "We had earlier planned to have Kaisambayan registered with the embassy, but we have decided to put it off till we consolidate the different organisations and have a new name. We are currently explaining to the OFWs President Arroyo's platform of government, and continue to enlighten them on the importance of voting wisely. The voters are intelligent enough to choose a qualified and competent leader from among the five presidential candidates."

It may be recalled that Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Libran Cabactulan had informed heads of Filipino organisations in the UAE to register themselves with the embassy or else it will be constrained to report to the UAE authorities those organisations, which are not affiliated with the embassy.

Mr Ong said that the organisation, under a new name, was likely to be re-launched following the proclamation of the new President of the Philippines in June this year. "The organisation will continue to exist even if Mrs Arroyo doesn't win in the elections. We will register ourselves with the embassy," he stressed.

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