The annual immersion trip bringing young Filipino American professionals back to the Philippines has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
For the past eight years, the program has been the signature piece of the partnership with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ayala Foundation and the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO).
Established by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation, FYLPRO annually identifies outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and to provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.
With 84 alumni to date, it has led to the creation of many businesses, collaborations and partnerships serving Filipino and Filipino American communities.
“Our top priority is the safety of our Filipino American communities, and we will not do anything to put the health of our delegates and alumni at risk during this dangerous and unpredictable time,” said FYLPRO President Joshua Ang Price.
As health officials monitor the fast-changing situation globally, it is impossible to predict if things will be back to a place where it would be safe to travel and return to some state of normalcy later this year.
FYLPRO is focusing its energies to help and support kababayans on the front-lines of this war against this deadly virus and with various local programming that support our alumni and the communities we live in.
“We are committed to partnering with other Fil-Am organizations on projects to provide relief and assistance to our kababayans struggling during the pandemic,” Price said. “And we are proud to collaborate with AAPI organizations to stand against the recent wave of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia surrounding COVID-19.” (AJPress)