Preparations are in full swing for the conference on the "Diaspora to Development: A Global Summit of the Filipino in the Diaspora", which will be held on 27-29 September 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila. This conference is organised by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).

In conjunction with the conference, the CFO has also launched a program called Youth Leaders in the Diaspora or YouLeaD, in recognition of the youth's vital role in the country’s migration and development agenda.

 This initiative will take two forms: first is the nine-day YouLeaD Experience where 100 Filipino youth leaders, aged 16-34 years old from across the globe, will gather on 22-30 September 2011 in Manila and Palawan; and second is the participation of the YouLeaD  in the Global Summit.


Among the activities listed in the nine-day itinerary include an eco-tour of Palawan, a trip to an underground river, in Palawan and, in Manila, a tour of Intramuros and an opportunity to meet with senators.

 For more information, go to and click on the link “YouLeaD”. If you have further questions, please contact CFO Director Regina Galias or Eileen Aparis at (632) 552-4740 or (632) 552-4708.  They can also be reached via e-mail at or at .


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