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Expats hope for the best in 2015.

To see a better-performing Philippines in terms of economy and governance, to have a more cohesive Filipino community in Qatar and to see the image of overseas Filipino workforce uplift, are among the top in the list of wishes of Filipino community leaders for the New Year. \~

Most also are looking forward to a better year for their own groups, especially in serving the community through their programmes.

"I hope for a stronger and bigger (in terms of membership) Pinoy Expats Auto Club for Enthusiasts (Peace) Qatar. I aspire for the group to be a role model in the community. We aim to reach out to our compatriots in need. For the New Year, I vow to be a more dedicated, committed and hardworking overseas Filipino worker (OFW). I want the global community to appreciate the innate talents of Pinoys and our drive to be the best workforce," said Aries Celestial of Peace Qatar.

Ressie Fos of United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) hopes for a sound solution to the rampant corruption in his home country.

"I hope corruption will be minimized, if not totally eradicated, in the Philippines. In turn, I will continue to help advocate good governance and be a responsible voter," he said.

Pinoy Heart Radio's (PHR) Romeo Villegas Jr, better known as DJ Meow, aspires to support all government programmes especially those benefiting more OFWs through their online radio station. He also urged the growing members of PHR, in Qatar and globally, to continue being a source of strength and inspiration to kababayans worldwide.

"We will do our best to make our followers and supporters happier by means of entertainment like playing good music and hosting activities that we know will brighten their day," DJ Meow added.

Kawi Kawayan, one of the esteemed advisers of Filipino Fitness & Health in Qatar (FFHQ), wants to see more OFWs who are victims of human rights abuses to get justice and for the restoration of their rights as workers. He urged the Philippine government to deploy more assistance overseas such as lawyers and translators who would work for the welfare of Filipino workers.

"Filipinos are known for their kindness and desire to contribute more to their host country. These qualities should not be diluted by political agenda. Related to the advocacy of FFHQ, let's continue to be fit and healthy: be active participants in the programmes of communities and the host country aimed at promoting health and fitness," Kawi added.

Meanwhile, a permanent solution to the worsening crime situation in the Philippines is among the top wishes of Pat Carido of Pinoy Basketball of Qatar (Pibaq) for 2015. He expressed his desire for the return of death penalty in his home country, to give the victims due justice and to put fear in the hearts of criminals. He also urged the leaders of Filipino community in Qatar to give priority to programmes that would cater to distressed Filipino workers.\~

"For Pibaq, we hope to continue with our initiatives promoting the basketball culture in Qatar including more involvement of the youth," Carido said.

Carlo Yan of SnapTV urged for the end of so-called crab mentality among Filipinos. He appealed to his compatriots to work towards uniting the community. He also urged the community to render the same support they have given to current Ambassador HE Crescente Relacion to the incoming new Philippine Ambassador to Qatar. Relacion's tenure in Doha is due to end in March.\~

"Eliminate the crab mentality Filipinos should help each other and not the other way around. Instead of being too emotional and sensitive on almost all issues, Filipinos should have a more positive outlook on life and check negative thoughts. Stop the blame game," chided Carlo.

Annie Barcelona Esmer of United Filipino Entrepreneurs in Qatar (UFEQ) expressed her commitment to hosting more meaningful community events. She urged her fellow event organisers to work towards uniting their efforts to better serve the community in terms of providing more of quality entertainment.

"Hopefully in 2015 all the community groups and event organisers will just work following one calendar of events for the community aiming to make all events a success. Personally, this New Year, I want to spend more quality time with my family," she added.

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Date:Jan 4, 2015
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