There is a saying that goes, “The best man for the job is a woman.”
We are pleased to inform all kababayans that our Barangay Chairperson, Engr (Mrs) Esper Derpo has been chosen by the Presidential Commission on Filipinos Overseas as one of the recipients of the Banaag Award for the Year 2008 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas.
The Banaag Award is given to Filipinos and foreign individuals or associations for advancing the cause of Filipino communities overseas or for supporting specific sectors or communities in the Philippines.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will personally hand-out the awards in a special ceremony tentatively set on 09 December 2008 at the Malacanang Palace.
Barangay Chair Ate Esper is now on her 4th consecutive year of leading the Philippine Community in Lagos, Nigeria.
Throughout her leadership, Chairman Esper (as she is fondly called here) has rallied the Filipinos in Lagos (living, vacationing, or just passing by Lagos to come together and build a strong community in Nigeria. Todate, PBSN Filipino community is one of those only vibrant and cohesive community of expatriates in Nigeria.
Chairman Esper has ushered a new type of Filipino community, a more close-knit and more active community. The PBSN clubhouse is the meeting place of Naija Pinoys every Sunday, and the place to-be every first sunday of the month for the Family Day gatherings. The ‘Family Day’ was a brainchild of Chairman Esper to strengthen the ties, not only among Filipinos, but also to other nationalities as well.
The PBSN, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, was founded in 1973 to formalize an already existing organization of Filipinos residing in Nigeria. Its foundations lay on the ideals of uniting Filipinos all over the country in the spirit of nationalism and friendship, while fulfilling a social responsibility to the host nation, Nigeria.
In 2005, the Filipino communities in Ikeja, Victoria Island/Ikoyi, and Apapa hosted three separate fund-raising evebts for the Dept of Labor and Employment (DOLE)/Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)’s project: “Classroom Galing sa Mamayang Pilipino sa Abroad (CGMA). Its proceeds helped put up more classrooms in remote areas of the Philippines.
PBSN also donated the proceeds of its 2006 Independence Day celebration to mudslide survivors in Leyte.
To acknowledge the graciousness of the host country, PBSN has organized as its pet charity project the KiriKiri Initiative. It adopted a primary school in KiriKiri, Apap, Lagos area and provided financial and educational support to the pupils. The PBSN is represented by Mrs Veronica Bernas-Snoxell on this project.
For three consecutive years since 2006, the PBSN has been warmly welcomed in the Small World Event, the biggest fund-raising event in Lagos organized by an international community of Lagos Joint Women’s Groups. Philippines/PBSN is among the 27 countries featured in this annual event.
The PBSN also serves as an envoy of the Filipino community of Nigeria to visiting Philippine officials. It has received Esteban Conejos, Under-Secretaryfor Migrant Workers Affairs in his 2007 visit. Recently, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes and his team, who were invited by the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for the Lagos Economic Summit, were also received by PBSN officers and members.
Last 2007, the Philippine Embassy through HE Ambassador Masaranga Umpa awarded the organization for its cause-oriented projects and active role in the betterment of Filipino communities in Nigeria. It has, likewise, recognized the remarkable leadership that PBSN Chairperson Esperanza Derpo has exhibited in the organization’s various endeavours.
Welfare to Members/Kababayans
Coordination with the Philippine Embassy for consular matters or for assistance to some distressed OFWs, is a service the organization offers, not only to its members, but to all OFWs who sought its aid. Throughout the years, the members are rendered aid for the death of an immediate family member. At times of financial need, a ‘soft loan’ may also be acquired by a registered member.
It is under Ate Esper’s leadership that the Filipino community in Lagos acquired it’s permanent clubhouse, hosted at Caverton Helicopter Staff House in Ikeja, Lagos. Gracious OFWs donated billiard tables, dart boards and sing-along equipment.
Mabuhay ang mga Naija Pinoys.
More than 20 years have passed, the PBSN has grown in numbers, and evolved in a hybrid of Nigerized Pinoys. Each year, it meets a widening scope of social responsibility unfazed. Despite the changing of the times, it has upheld the ideals it has been founded on.
– text taken from 2007 Independence Day souvenir magazine. Thanks to Maricar Derpo
Kami ang mga Naija (Nigeria) Pinoys (Filipinos).
The Philippine Barangay Society in Nigeria (PBSN), serving Nigeria OFWs since 1970’s.
FINAL LIST OF AWARDEES PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR FILIPINO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS OVERSEAS
Linkapil Awardees Endorsing Post
Association of Philippine Physicians of America PCG New York
Enverga, Tobias Jr. PCG Toronto
Filipino Women’s Association United Kingdom PE London
Stichting Kapatiran PE The Hague
Kaanib ng Bayan Awardees
Catholic Medical Mission Board PCG New York
Children’s Chance CT PCG New York
Heetens Helpgood Center Philippines PE The Hague
Ligier, Laurence PE Paris
Asuncion, Alexander PE Riyadh
Berberabe, Patricia PCG New York
Carandang, Angeles PCG Chicago
Casambre, Sr. Mary Aida PCG Hongkong
Derpo, Esperanza PE Abuja
Filipino Korean Spouses Association PE Seoul
Garcia, Lamberto PCG New York
Ho, Eleanor MECO Taiwan
Magdalena, Joseph PE Riyadh
Muzones, Santiago Jr. PCG New York
Noblejas, Dr. Antonio PE Wellington
Overs, Lilian PCG Toronto
Philippine Community Council of New South Wales PCG Sydney
Philippine Nurses Association of America PCG New York
Philipsen, Adelina PE The Hague
United Filipino Council of Hawaii PCG Honolulu
Pamana ng Pilipino
Besa, Amelita and Dorotan, Romeo PCG New York
De Leon, Bayani PCG New York
Esguerra, Carlos PCG New York
Hizon, Federico PE Singapore
Pelayo, Libertito PCG New York
Ramos, Dr. Teresita PCG Honolulu
Villarin, Engr. Nilo PE Washington