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Columns - Noy (Bicol Column)
Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 21:33

 

First Draft of a Proposal for a 14-Day Philippine/Overseas-Filipino Renaissance Convention and Golden Anniversary-Homecoming from April 2 to 15, 2012, in Sorsogon Province, Bicol Region, Philippines




 1.0      Part One. It is a 10-day “Golden Anniversary and Homecoming” of the 1962 High-School Classes in the Province of Sorsogon. It will be held from April 2-8, 2012 (Holy Week) and from April 9-11, 2012.

 

            1.1       Day One: Holy Monday – Coordinated cleaning of Sorsogon Bay, other bodies of water and their beaches or shores in the province.

 

            1.2       Day Two: Holy Tuesday – Planting of mahogany and pili saplings in memory of deceased alumni and faculty members and the living alumni and school staff/officials in designated private and/or public lands.

 

            1.3       Day Three – Holy Wednesday – Start of Medical-dental Missions and Emergency-Preparedness Training in designated towns (to continue up to Black Saturday).

 

            1.4       Day Four: Maundy Thursday – Start of Camping of participating alumni, school staff & at the same time, a Jamboree of volunteer scouts and scouters.

 

1.5       Day Five – Religious Retreat or Meditation for those who desire and whole day “Blood Donation” drives in certain venues but participants go back to their respective assigned quarters in a “Tent City” for the night. (Note: The tents will be donated to a consortium of local NGOs that may assist the local chapter of the Philippine Red Cross and used for emergency shelters after a disaster.)

 

1.6       Day Six – Black Saturday. Alumni Homecoming at the different schools. In Sorsogon City, luncheon is proposed to be held at the Colegio de la Milagrosa and dinner at the Sorsogon National High School. The ground-breaking ceremony for the site that will contain a Time Capsule may be held also on this day.

 

1.7       Day Seven – Easter Sunday. After Easter services in different churches, participants go to Rizal Beach (or another venue) for a picnic (lunch), swimming and merienda. A dinner and ball (AKA “Junior & Senior Prom”) may be held in the evening at an appropriate site to be selected.

 

            1.8       Day Eight to Ten – Easter Monday to Easter Wednesday. Can be devoted to family visits, individual class reunions and more environmentally-programmed activities at, and guided tours to, various venues in Sorsogon Province. All of these activities can be done while the delegates to the proposed conference arrive on Easter Tuesday to Easter Wednesday.

 

2.0       Part Two. An International Bicol-Leyte-Samar Socioeconomic-Ecological Development (BLeSSED) Conference has been proposed for April 12-15, 2012 (Thursday to Sunday), in a selected venue in Sorsogon Province, Bicol Region, Philippines.

 

2.1       The BLeSSED Conference is the opening salvo for an Economic Development and Social Advancement (EDSA) Movement.

 

2.2       The purpose of the "Request for Abstracts" is to prepare the items in the agenda that will be discussed in the conference. Those who want to attend it are invited to provide inputs for the workshop, panels and exhibits.

 

2.3       Participants may join the conference as a coordinating committee member/coordinator, workshop or roundtable facilitator, poster presenter or a plenary-session speaker.

 

            2.4       A Coalition of Sorsogon-based NGOs and Overseas Associations or Federations of Bicol or -Leyte or -Samar former residents or Overseas-Filipino workers will organize themselves, so as to compose the Secretariat, Media Relations and Corporate-sponsorship Solicitation and other needed Committees.

 

 3.0      Critical Dates:

 

            3.1       Selection of Venues: Aug. 31, 2011, Wednesday.

 

3.2       Abstract submission (By mail, fax or e-mail): Sept. 10, 2011, Saturday.

 

            3.3       Mailing (or E-mailing) of First Draft of Conference Manual: Sept. 30, 2011.

 

3.4       Early Bird Registration: Oct. 10, 2011, Monday.

 

            3.5       Mailing (or E-mailing) of Second Draft of Conference Manual: Oct.  21, 2011, Friday.

 

3.6       Hotel (or Tent City) Reservations Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011, Wednesday.

 

3.7       Mailing (or E-mailing) of Third Draft of Conference Manual: Dec. 30, 2011, Friday.

 

4.0       MISSION AND ABSTRACTS

 

4.1       (Tentative) Theme of this conference: A Bicol-Leyte-Samar Economic and Ecological Call to Arms

 

4.2       Mission: The Bicol-Leyte-Samar Socioeconomic-Ecological Development (BLeSSED) Coalition is an alliance of private, non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organizations in the United States and in the Philippines. A listing of the participating entities will be sent shortly. The coalition intends to jumpstart the economy of the two regions by spearheading the making of the regions' economic profiles, development plans, pre-feasibility studies and full-blown feasibility studies. The economic conference is the curtain raiser of the socioeconomic movement organized for the said purpose.

 

            4.3       REQUEST FOR ABSTRACTS:

 

4.3.1   Purpose: To invite participants to become Coordinating Committee Member(s)/Coordinator(s), Workshop Leader(s), Poster Presenter(s), Roundtable Facilitator(s) or Plenary-Session Speaker(s) or members of any trade and investment mission. The abstracts will be of great help in finalizing the proposed agenda for the economic conference and trade mission.

 

4.3.2   ESSENTIAL POINTS:

A.) A participant (or delegate) may submit more than one abstract, as long as it is done on separate abstract submission forms.  If any abstract you submit is accepted by the Conference Planning Committee, the author will be informed in writing.  Please note that all decisions of the Conference Planning Committee are subject to review and approval by the Coordinating Committee composed of representatives of Bicol,
Leyte, Samar, USA
participants and Philippine participants.

B.) Each abstract submitted may have as many authors. If an abstract submitted is accepted as the basis for a Conference presentation, only one of the authors can qualify for a free conference registration and free hotel accommodation, inland transportation and meals.

C.) Please send the completed abstract form to _______________________________________; FAX response will be accepted at _____________; E-mail:
abacarep@aol.com

 

4.3.3       Submission of Abstracts: Use the abstract form to prepare each abstract you submit.  Do not submit more than one abstract on one topic.



A.) Submission Form: The first part of the form asks for your name, the name(s) of the other abstract author(s) and related contact information. It also asks what type of presentation you would like to make a workshop, roundtable or poster presentation. You may select up to three types of each abstract you submit, but we encourage you to limit your choice to just one or two.

 

4.3.4       WORKSHOPS: A workshop is an in-depth, one- and one-half -hour presentation on a topic directly relevant to one or more of the conference topics (see list below).  We may schedule workshops to take place at any time during the conference.  A workshop presenter will receive one free non-transferable conference registration and certificates for the complimentary amenities.

 

4.3.5   ROUNDTABLES. A roundtable is a one-and one-half-hour, informal participatory session at a table of 10 to 15 participants concerning a topic directly relevant to one or more of the issues listed below.

A.) The role of a roundtable leader is to serve as a facilitator for a discussion among all the individuals who attend the session. Roundtable sessions will be scheduled to occur simultaneously with the workshop sessions. Roundtable presenters will receive one free non-transferable conference registration and certificates for the complimentary amenities.

B.) POSTER PRESENTATIONS. A poster presentation is a placard-type exhibit containing information about a topic directly relevant to one or more of the conference agenda (see list of topics below). Posters may be accompanied by written handouts or other materials, displayed in a special exhibition area at the conference. They will probably be printed in the conference manual or souvenir program.

 

CONFERENCE TOPICS (First Draft):


A.) Tourism/Medical Tourism
B.)  Ecological Development (Reforestation, Green Revolution, etc.)
C.)  International Airport/Seaport/Railroad Development
D.)  Tourism-oriented Infrastructures
E.)  Saving Our Sorsogon (
SOS
) Bay Project and other Bodies of Water (Blue Revolution)
F.)  Need for a Sewage-treatment Facility and Clean-Water Infrastructures.
G.)  Need for a Clean-Air Infrastructures
H.)  Restoration of Antiquated (16th-17th century) Churches and Edifices
I.)    Medical Facilities, Medical Missions, HMO and Emergency-Preparedness Training
J.)  Law and Order: Protecting the Workers, Investors, Tourists and the Stakeholders (People)
K.)  Leadership and Education
L.)  Generation of Students’ Loan Funds or Grants, Balik-LIBRO Program, Computerization Programs (Wireless Revolution), Etc.
M,) Rehabilitation of Struggling Colleges, Seminaries, Etc.
N.)  Cultural Affairs
O.)  Continuing Education Program for Medical Professionals and Educators
P.)  Women and Minor-Children Issues
Q.)  Economic Empowerment and Support
R.)  Transfer of technology (Science, Information Systems, Ceramic Engineering, Etc.)
S.)  Trade Missions to/from Bicol,
Leyte and Samar to/from the USA, Spain
and other countries
T.)  Accent on Agriculture and Declaring of the BLeSSED Areas as “Organic Provinces)
U.)  Power Supply, Geothermal, Windmill and Mini-Hydro Solutions; Electric Cooperatives
V.)  Banking (Credit Union) and Cooperatives
W.) Sociopolitical Issues
X.)  Stand on the two region's share in the Philippine Foreign Debts

Y.)  Regional Autonomy (Political or only Economic Autonomy)

Z.)  Electoral Reforms (Referendum, Plebiscite, Etc.)

 

6.0    Registration.


For hotel registration please call (000) 000-0000
Hotel accommodation (Single/Double)$000.00 - Rate/s to follow.
Conference Registration Fee (Includes meals, cocktails and coffee breaks):
Early bird:  $000.00 (Suggested Rate. May be decreased through corporate sponsorship)


                        6.1  *Note: The spouse of a delegate may buy individual meal or gala dinner-and-ball tickets, without paying for the entire conference fee. Delegates who are seniors or Students: At least a 25% discount.

 

CONFERENCE TENTATIVE AGENDA:

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012
9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.: Registration
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
: Roundtable Conference for Filipino and American Government Officials,
Corporate  Sponsors and the Coordinating Committee members,
Workshop/Roundtable chairpersons. By invitation only; observers are welcome.
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Coffee break.
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
: Press Conference with the Mainstream, Filipino and Filipino-American media.
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
: Cocktails (No-host bar available). Welcome speeches by Government Representatives and Introduction of Conference Officers and Delegates
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
: Corporate Reception/Dinner (Video introductions of delegates continue).
A 30-minute cultural presentation may be done from
7:55 p.m. to 8:25 p.m.
)
8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m.: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"The Globalization of the Economy: What It Means to Developing Countries" -
Proposed Speaker:

Note: The Secretariat will provide written day-to-day updates and summaries that the delegates will receive as they check-in for breakfast, starting with the April 12, 2012, breakfast. Copies of all speeches will be distributed at least an hour before they are delivered. All questions will be in writing and submitted to the Conference Secretariat. An exhaustive coverage of the conference will be included in the "Leyte-Samar International Yearbook 2012" and in the "Bicol International Yearbook 2012" that will be published in 2013.

Friday, April 13, 2012:

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Opening Plenary Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"The State of the Philippine, Bicol, Leyte-Samar Economy"
- Proposed Speaker:
9:00-a.m.-11:30 a.m.
: Panel Presentations (20 minutes each, per province)
  - Bicol Provinces Roundtable. The provincial governor heads the panel.
10:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
:  Coffee break.
11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
: Free Time.
12:00
noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"The State of the Philippine, Bicol, Leyte-Samar Ecology"
- Proposed Speaker:
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Panel Presentations (20 minutes each, per province) -
Leyte
-Samar Provinces. The provincial governor heads the panel.
3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  Workshop, Roundtable Presentations (Main Ballroom)
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Break and Networking Session
6:30 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
Free Time
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Dinner. (Video introductions of delegates continue.
A 30-minute cultural show may be done from
7:55 p.m.-8:25 p.m.
)
8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m.: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"Tourism: The Global Economic Engine of the 21st Century:
What It Means to Developing Countries" -
Proposed Speaker:

Saturday, April 14, 2012:

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Opening Plenary Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"The United States-Philippines Economic Relations"
- Proposed Speaker:
9:00-a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Panel Presentations (20 minutes per panel)
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Coffee break.
11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon Free Time.
12:00
noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"
Spain
: A Possible Model for Philippine Tourism Development and Industry"
- Proposed Speaker:
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Panel Presentations (20 minutes per panel)
3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Workshop, Roundtable Presentations (Main Ballroom)
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Break and Networking Session
6:30 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
Free Time.
7:30 p.m.-8:30  p.m.
Dinner. (Video introductions of delegates continue.
A 30-minute cultural presentation may be done from
7:55 p.m. to 8:25 p.m.
)
8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m.: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"I2D2: Probably the Only Viable Way of Settling the External Debts of Developing Countries"
Proposed Speaker:

Sunday, April 15, 2012:

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Opening Plenary Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"An Overview of Philippine National Leadership"
- Proposed Speaker:
9:00-a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Plenary Session (Approval of Resolutions and Position Papers)
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Coffee break.
11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon Free Time (May be devoted to religious services at the option of the delegates)
12:00
noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
: Speech and Question-and-Answer Session on
"
Hawaii
: A Possible Model for Philippine Tourism and Industry"
- Proposed Speaker:
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Plenary Session (Approval of Resolutions and Position Papers)
3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Plenary Session (Approval of Resolutions and Position Papers)
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Break and Networking Session
6:30 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
Free Time.
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Dinner. (Video introductions of delegates continue).
A 30-minute cultural presentation may be done from
7:55 p.m. to 8:25 p.m.
)
8:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
: Keynote Speech
9:30 p.m.-Midnight
: Gala Ball (Ballroom Dancing) and Photo Ops for the Yearbooks and Time Capsule, Awarding of Certificates of Attendance and Plaques of Appreciation. Conference Ends.

================================================
REQUEST FOR ABSTRACTS


Title of Abstract: ________________________________________________
______________                    ______________________________________


Name of Author(s):__________________________________________________________

Complete Address: ____________________________________________________________

      Telephone Number: ___________________ 

      E-mail Address: ______________________

      Please choose:

      A). Kind of presentation:

              (_________)  Roundtable

              (_________) Poster Presentation

              (_________) Workshop

       B). Topic of presentation: 

·
Attach a double-spaced 500- to 800-word abstract.
· All submissions must be received by Sept. 10, 2011. # # #

 



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