February 10, 2011
15 Filipinos Train in Germany
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) Philippine Office
sent 15 Filipinos to its
International Academy for Leadership
(IAF) in 2010, and they
are now part of the IAF Alumni Group with a current membership
The group launched its 2011 Alumni Directory on 10 February 2011
at its annual general assembly held at the FNF Philippine Office
in Makati. Also at the event was Liberal
International (LI) Secretary-General Emil Kirjas who spoke
about “The Effects of Social Media on Freedom.”
“We hope that your network could spark more liberal
activities in the Philippines and in the region. There is a greater
opportunity to deliver good governance now that liberals
are in power in your country. We also encourage you to connect
with liberals all over the world,” said Kirjas who was in
Manila to formally announce that the pre-eminent LI
Congress will take place in the Philippines, which is the
first time in Asia, on June 16-19, 2011.
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad
and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary
Jesse Robredo are among the IAF alumni.
Liberal International Secretary General Emil Kirjas and
FNF Philippines Country Director Jules Maaten
The Alumni Group continues to grow each year. IAF offers online
where Filipinos always excelled in web forums.
In November 2010, five young Filipinos bested other applicants
from all over the world
, and were sent to Gummersbach
to attend the seminar on Strengthening Political Youth
. As many as eight Filipino participants
at one point have been sent to Germany.
“We are optimistic that our future delegates will be able
to apply the practical knowledge that they will
gain from the seminars. They will bring home liberal principles
and strategies from Germany, and they can further contribute
to building a Liberal Philippines,” expressed Mr. Jules
Maaten, FNF Philippines Country Director.