Brief History of PINAS FIRST

A core group of six (6) people took on the idea of forming a patriotic organization after participating in the May 2004 Philippine elections wherein migrant Filipinos were allowed to vote via the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV).

A few months later, a convenor group was formed and begun discussing the basis of unity as well as the vision, mission, and goals of an organization with patriotic characteristics. At that time it was named Christians for Recognition, Unity, Social Awareness and Development or CRUSADE. After several meetings of thorough deliberations, a paper on the Basis of Unity, Vision, Mission, and Goals of the organization was drafted and unanimous adopted. It was followed by the formation of several committees including the one that drafted the Constitution and By-Laws.

The following parts are truncated from the Paper:

"The loss of hope and scarcity of opportunity to find a stable source of livelihood that is humane and dignified forced millions of Filipinos to migrate in other countries."

"The basic problems of our country reflect the enduring poverty of the Filipino people: where a great number of farmers and small farmer-cultivators continue to be dispossessed of the land they are tilling through landgrabbing, land conversion, and corporate farming; and where many workers of today have no jobs, underpaid and are suffering from alarming conditions in the workplace. On the other hand, we the Filipino migrants in Austria despite earning a decent living with a few resources to spare are deprived of the company of our loved ones; exposed to varying degrees of racial discrimination; and found ourselves struggling to adapt the culture and traditions of Austrians.

"Our tasks……
"…to conscientize, organize and mobilize the migrant Filipinos aimed at promoting their rights and their excellence in different fields while drawing them to support and actively participate in the broader national movement for social transformation in our mother country."

It was in the third and final reading of the Constitution and By-Laws, in March 2005, after a long process of deliberation that the name Pinoy in Austrian Society For Integrity, Reforms and Social Transformation or PINAS FIRST was assumed.

On 19 April 2005, the Founding Assembly was held attended by some 20 people which resulted to the following:

  1. Constitution and By-Laws promulgated and approved.
  2. Five Executive Officers and 10 Board Members elected
  3. A One-Year General Program of Action adopted and approved

On the 30th of September 2005, the Austrian Government officially recognized PINAS FIRST as a legitimate organization subject to its laws and provisions.