Established 1971
MISSION STATEMENT

COPAO San Diego is a collaborative of organizations united by a common concern for the economic, social and political empowerment of its members through developmental programs and projects.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2013

Dr. Rey Monzon
President

Erwin Sanvictores
Executive Vice President
Luisito Melchor, Jr.
Vice President for Finance
Alicia De Leon-Torres
Vice President for Operations
Den Dominguez
Secretary
Devie Yu
Treasurer
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Auditor
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Sergeant-at-Arms

Directors
Francisco Albuero
Juanito Amor, Jr.
Beth Atendido
Herb Delute
Sal Flor
Rosalina Idos
Nedy Lao
Rudy Liporada
Ludy Luevanos
Joseph Mazares
Evangeline Meneses
Frank Montanez
Crisabel Ramos
Arlito Reclosado
Vivian Sanderlin


Marita "Merly" Ferrer Chair

Members
Rita Buencamino Andrews
Fred Gallardo
Palma Hooper, Esq.
Myrna T.F. Reyes
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COPAO CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY. HONORS PAST PRESIDENTS, CHAIRS AND SPEAKERS
The Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. celebrated its 35th founding anniversary on November 19m 2006, with a luncheon at the Aswan Hall in National City.

The occasion was highlighted by the presentation of leadership medals by Rita Buencamino Andrews, current president of COPAO to past presidents and chairs of the organization, and to the speakers of COPAO's now defunct House of Delegates.

Among the former presidents/chairs present, with their spouses, were Ronnie Caccam, president in 1973; Grace Pena Blazskowski, 1979-1980; Bayani Abueg, 1981; Jay Ruiz, 1987-1988; Ferdinand Balagtas, 1994; Aurora S. Cudal, 1997-98 & 2003-04; and Oscar Garcia, 2001-02. Mrs. Barbara Monzon and her family represented the late Leonardo Monzon, 1978.

Former chairs who were also awarded medals were Roy Bautista, 1994; Zeny Ravelo, 1995-96; Greg Alabado, 1999; and Lulu Penetrante, 2000.  
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COPAO  LEADS UNVEILING OF SIGNS FOR FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN HIGHWAY IN U.S.
On October 6, 2007, Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon led California State and local officials in the official unveiling of the signs for the Filipino-American Highway. The Filipino-American highway stretches for seven miles from the Interstate 5 junction in the West to the point where it merges with State Route 125 in the East. COPAO president Rita Andrews read Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 157, authored by former Assemblyman Juan Vargas.

Because Resolution 157 did not budget funds for the new signage, COPAO allocated $4,000 from its funds for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to prepare the highway signs to complete the name change. The Filipino-American Highway is the first such public highway to be renamed to honor Filipino-Americans and their contributions to American society.
RIZAL DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
& INDUCTION OF 2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members of the New Board of Directors pose with some of the guests who attended.
Members of the Morse High School Kaisahan Choir sing "Bayan Ko"
Some of the many guests who attended the induction and program.
More Photos from the Website Album of Joseph Roley-Arzaga
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and from Cedric Podschun
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COPAO President Merly Ferrer and NaFFAA Chair Greg Makabenta with COPAO Philippine Faire 2008 Beauties after the wreath laying at the Rizal Bust
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2009 QUEENS & THE ROYAL COURT (L to R)  Tiffany Pascua - Miss Teen PF; Rachel Mortera - Mrs. PF Friendship; Patricia Duenas - Miss Teen Phil Faire; Femie Cupit - Mrs Phil Faire; Ezralyn Avinante - Miss Phil Faire; Isabella Ricasa - Little Miss Phil Faire; Alyssa Buluran - Little Miss PF Friendship; Shyriel Grace Pilitro - Little Miss PF Unity. Back row: Merly Ferrer - President, COPAO.
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MAY LAKAS SA PAGKAKAISA - IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH
COUNCIL OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS
OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INC.
P.O. Box 1504, National City, California 91951-1504   Telephone: 619-477-4090
COPAO is a California Public Benefit Corporation and IRS 501 (c) (3) organization.
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2009
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FILIPINO COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE
FOR A SUCCESSFUL CENSUS 2010
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2010 AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL L TO R) Roselle Lopez, Little Miss Phil Faire ; MARIE JUNTILLA, Miss Teen Phil Faire; Mikaela McLeish, Miss Teen PF Friendship; KATHY MIRANDA, Miss Phil Faire; LITA MARTIN, Mrs. Phil Faire; Demy Din, Ms. PF Friendship; Victoria Anne Panganiban, Miss PF Friendship.
Some of the partcipants in the colorful Festival of Festivals Parade in 2010. This early, plan on join the 2012 Parade. Bring your family and enjoy
the whole day of entertainment for the whole family!
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2010
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2011 & COPAO AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL
COPAO San Diego
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REGULAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
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SUPPORT BANTAY BATA 163

Tina Monzon-Palma, program director of Bantay Bata 163 stresses a point as she appeals for help for the many children in the Philippines who are in need of food and education. She visited COPAO and spoke before a full house at the COPAO Center on Mothers' Day, May 8, 2011.

Go to http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/programs/bantaybata.html to see how you can help feed and/or educate a child.  Donations are tax deductible.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY GALA &
AWARDS NIGHT
June 12, 2013
PHILIPPINE VETS SEEK RECOGNITION AGAIN

INVITATION FOR FILIPINO EXPERTS TO ASSIST IN THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PHILIPPINE R & D AGENDA



PHILIPPINE CONSULAR OUTREACH PROGRAM
in San Diego County
April 26 & 27, 2014
COPAO Center, 832 E Ave, National City, CA
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SEARCH FOR THE 2013 DELEGATES TO THE FILIPINO AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

19 March 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is pleased to announce the search for the second batch of outstanding young Filipino Americans (aged 18 to 40), who will be tapped as future leaders of their Filipino-American communities and advocacies. The involvement of these emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community is expected to further add vibrancy and dynamism to the development of the Philippines and to the Filipino-American community in the United States.

The second Filipino American Youth Leadership Program or FYLPro (pronounced “fil-pro”) will build on the success of the first-ever program, held from 13 to 16 July 2012 in the Philippines, which yielded a remarkable batch of young Filipino-Americans who continue to embark on different advocacies to help promote further progress in the Philippines and to further engage the multi-faceted Filipino-American community. The first batch of FYLPro delegates have gone to undertake, among others, political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, voter awareness and education, and have even launched political campaigns of their own.

In partnership with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), this year’s edition of the FYLPro hopes to attract more young Filipino-American leaders who we hope will be among the movers and shakers among the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans. Program sponsors shall fund the cost of the participants’ airfare, local transportation and accommodations.

Among the qualifications for the outstanding Filipino-American achievers and leaders are the applicants’ scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills, accomplishments, active involvement in school, civic, political, business and other organizations as well as their vision, innovativeness and commitment to making a difference in the Philippines and within the Filipino-American community.

The chosen delegates will take part in an immersive program in the Philippines from 7 to 9 July 2013 and will likewise participate in the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) from 9 to 11 July 2013. The special FYLPro program will afford them the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, legislators, media, artists and cultural experts, entrepreneurs (both traditional and social), as well as innovators in different fields.

Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 40 years old by 1 July 2013. They should be ready to travel by this date (i.e. have a valid passport for international travel), and are expected to commit time, skills and resources to engage with the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the US in ways which would advance the causes and interest of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.

The application form for the search may be accessed at the following link, http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/uploads/pdfs/embassy/2013/2013-0315-FYLPro.docx. The deadline for submission of applicants is 30 April 2013. The names of the chosen delegates will be announced on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC (http://lyris.globescope.com/t/14152510/2083482/7261/0/) on 15 May 2013.
Los Angeles, 04 March 2014. 

Notice is hereby given that under Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003”, as amended by Republic Act No. 10590, all citizens of the Philippines abroad, who are not otherwise disqualified by law, at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the elections, and who are registered overseas voters, may vote for President, Vice-President, Senators and Party-List Representatives. 
NOTICE OF REGISTRATION AND ELECTION TO ALL FILIPINO CITIZENS
(INCLUDING DUAL CITIZENS)

All qualified Filipino citizens not registered as voters under Republic Act No. 8189, otherwise known as “The Voters Registration Act of 1996”, (the system of continuing registration) shall file an application for registration while those who are already registered under the said Act (registered elsewhere and not in L.A.) shall file an application for certification.

For purposes of the May 9, 2016 elections, the filing of applications for registration/certification shall be from May 6, 2014 (Philippine time) to October 31, 2015 (Philippine time).

Requests for transfer of registration records may be filed at the concerned Posts or before the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) of the COMELEC during the registration period.
         
The 30-day voting period will commence on April 9, 2016 (Philippine time) until 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of May 9, 2016 (Philippine time) at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over the place where the overseas voter is registered as such. (The time for voting to be announced later).

For details, please contact Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez at telephone number 1-213-637-3011 or go to the following website: http://www.philippineconsulatela.org.

Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles

DFA-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (Manila)    - http://www.dfa-oavs.gov.ph           
Hotlines: +6328344361, +6328343275, +6328330914  

COMELEC-COAV (Manila):                                           - http://www.comelec.gov.ph
Hotlines: +6325222251, +6325212952, +6325239924

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is inviting Filipino experts (i.e. scientists, engineers and technology entrepreneurs) who are based in the United States of America to assist in the implementation of the country’s National R&D Agenda.

PCIEERD is a sectoral planning council, which is tasked to implement individual and institutional capability building programs  to complement research and development (R&D) support programs.   For information on PCIEERD’s priority sectors, please visit this link: http://www.pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/transparency/sectoral-coverage-and-r-d-priorities

Among these capability building programs is the Balik Scientist Program (BSP), which enjoins foreign-based Filipino experts to actively assist in the Philippine science and technology (S&T) development.  Interested applicants can go to this link for the BSP guidelines:  http://bsp.dost.gov.ph/index.php/bsp-guidelines.html.

For further queries, please do not hesitate to contact PCIEERD’s Human Resources and Institution Development Division (HRIDD) headed by Engr. Ermie M. Bacarra at telephone numbers:  +1 632-553-86-37 or +1 632-837-2071 to 82 local 2101 or email:  ermie_scmst@yahoo.com ..