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06 November 2018

Filipino teachers from Maryland and DC gather at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 03 November 2018 for a meet-and-greet with Embassy officials.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington DC (POLO-WDC) organized a town hall meeting with Filipino teachers from Maryland and DC last Saturday, 03 November 2018 at the Philippine Embassy's Carlos P. Romulo Hall.

The gathering is the third of the meet-and-greet series launched by POLO-WDC this year to provide Filipino workers an avenue to raise their concerns as well as to inform them about the programs and activities being undertaken by the Embassy, including those being rendered by the consular section and attached agencies.

The teachers expressed their support for POLO-WDC’s programs, including the campaign against trafficking of Filipino teachers in the United States. Other issues raised by the teachers were the exorbitant fees and other unethical practices of recruitment agencies in the Philippines.

The first part of the program is a Financial Orientation Seminar facilitated by Ms. Marinela Alvero, registered representative of TRANSAMERICA Financial Advisors, Inc. Ms. Alvero briefed the teachers on issues such as retirement income, healthcare costs, strategies on lowering taxes, and assets management, among others.

Following the orientation is a dialogue led by Philippine Embassy Consul General Renato Pedro O. Villa, Labor Attaché Angela Librado-Trinidad, and Welfare Officer Josephine Tobia, where the teachers learned more about Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) and POLO-OWWA services.

In his speech, Consul General Renato Villa underscored the importance of availing of social security programs provided by the Philippine government.

He said that while the contribution of the Filipino teachers to both the Filipino community and the American schools they are currently serving is beyond question, the teachers must also secure their retirement through Pag-IBIG, SSS and other social service institutions in the Philippines.

Welfare Officer Josephine Tobia likewise reminded the teachers to renew their membership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and briefed them about the newly launched E-card program.

AmbassadorJose Manuel Romualdez, in his inspirational speech, lauded the work ethic of Filipinos, especially Filipino teachers, in the United States.

“People like you are what gives the Filipino a very good image. You continue with what you are doing not only because you teach here in the United States but because you give your home country the kind of image that we would always like to have,” said Ambassador Romualdez.

“I hope that you will continue to do what you are doing. Always remember that our country is always our country and that no one will take it away from us,” he further added.

Prior to the meet and greet with teachers, POLO-WDC met with Filipino workers that are holders of A2, A3 and G5 visas, as well as foreign placement and staffing agencies on 22 September and 12 October 2018, respectively. ###

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Labor Attaché Angela Librado-Trinidad, Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez and Consul General Renato Pedro Villa fields various questions at the Q&A session with the teachers.

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Welfare Officer Josephine Tobia chats with Mr. Simon Castor Jr. and wife Louienyl prior to the start of the official program.

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Ambassador Romualdez shares a light moment with the teachers at the conclusion of the formal program.

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Filipino teachers from Maryland and Washington DC take group photos with Embassy officials at the POLO meet-and-greet event held at the Philippine Embassy on 03 November 2018.