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10/08/2011: Filipino Teachers Association Calls on Ambassador Cuisia

Members of the Association of Filipino Teachers of America-Maryland Chapter pose with Ambassador Jose Cuisia, center, and other Embassy officials in a group photo.  To the immediate right of Ambassador Cuisia is Ms. Lynne Ciocon, AFTA-MD’s current president.

10 August 2011, Washington DC. Members of the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Filipino Teachers of America (AFTA-MD) called on Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. today to introduce themselves and find ways the Association can collaborate with the Embassy for its programs and activities.

Led by AFTA-MD’s president, Ms. Lynne Ciocon, the Ambassador was informed that the group undertakes information-sharing activities and programs that upgrade the professional development of its members.  They also revealed that a number of their colleagues have successfully applied to teaching positions in parochial schools and other states in the U.S., in view of the prevailing situation in Maryland.

Ambassador Cuisia shared with the group the Embassy’s efforts to assist the Filipino teachers in Prince George’s County, whose status have been affected as a result of a recent U.S. Department of Labor determination against the Prince George’s County Public Schools.  He also noted the priority the Aquino administration has accorded to education in the Philippines, which can be seen in the increase in teachers’ salaries and the budgetary allocation for the Department of Education.

The other members of AFTA-MD who were present during the courtesy call were Ramona Tabang, Jeanne Aguilar, Amalia Nogales, Leonor Rayteran, Jude Aguilar, Leila Rodulfa, Isabela Mangonon, Elmer Nogales and Edgardo Saddul.  END