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15/09/2017: PH CONSULATE, PBRC, AND IBP-CAL CONDUCT LIVESTREAMED PUBLIC FORUM ON DACA

Left to right:  Atty. Alberto Montefalcon, Atty. Evelyn Alfonso, Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr., and Atty. Flomy Diza form the expert panel for this livestreamed immigration forum on DACA.


14 September 2017 - An immigration forum on the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was jointly conducted by the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) California Chapter, FilAm Star, FilAm Radio, and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco on 13 September 2017 at the PBRC Hall in Daly City, California.

The expert panel was comprised of Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. from the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as IBP members and immigration experts Atty. Alberto Montefalcon, Atty. Evelyn Alfonso, and Atty. Flomy Diza.  The panel gave a background on DACA, discussed the rescission’s implications, and dispensed advice for affected Filipinos.

Unlike the usual public fora, this event was livestreamed by FilAm Radio and FilAm Star on social media.  The panel answered over a dozen questions not only from those who personally attended the forum, but also those submitted who submitted queries through the livestream’s social media accounts.

At the forum, Consul General Bensurto reassured Filipinos affected by the rescission of DACA that the Philippine Government is closely monitoring the situation, and that Secretary Cayetano personally instructed all U.S. Foreign Service Posts to extend appropriate and necessary assistance to those who may need it.

The Consul General also appealed to the Filipino community to continue the advocacy for immigrant rights, and emphasized the power in collective action.  “It is only through your voice that policies can be changed,” he said, encouraging Filipinos to speak as one to reach their respective representatives and legislators. “While there is one Filipino whose life or future is at risk, we should continue the advocacy,” he said.  “No should be left behind.”

Finally, he thanked the Consulate’s partners that made this immigration forum possible, and emphasized the Consulate’s openness and willingness to partner with more individuals and organizations advocating the welfare of Filipinos.  It may be recalled that the Consulate has an ongoing partnership with IBP to provide free legal consultation services at the Consulate every first Friday of each month, from 1:30PM to 3:30PM, at the Philippine Center’s 6th floor Romulo Hall.  Interested clients may contact IBP President Atty. Manuel Mallabo at mmall89625@comcast.net to set an appointment. END