The Asia Foundation
Towards a longer term impact, Filipinos overseas also supported the educational needs of some students in the public schools in the Philippines. Engr. Oliver Fabros from Qatar and Mr. Wilfredo Aguilar of the Digerati Association in Dubai, UAE, both donated funds for the purchase of school supplies. The said donation was coursed through the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Program of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
The Balikturo Project (Return to Teach) of Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America, Inc. (AFTA) will again kick off this August 2015 in partnership with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. The project started in 1994 as a professional development program of bringing volunteer Filipino teacher based in the United States to share and exchange with their Philippine counterpart valuable information, knowledge, experience, and latest developments in different areas of teaching.
This year’s Balikturo project focused on four (4) different modules from five (5) professional educators in the field of Mathematics, English Language Arts, Early Childhood, Literacy, and Special Education. Seminar-workshops will be conducted for the teachers, administrators, and students at the Philippine Normal University and the Centro Escolar University this August 2015.
Jose Ma Montelibano
A few years ago, in the course of regular visits to the United States in order to build support for the Gawad Kalinga movement there, I discovered a most beautiful secret. It’s not that there are four million Filipinos in America, or that they remit what must be around $8 billion to relatives in the Philippines, or that Filipino families are among the highest family earners, or that medical practitioners are a critical presence in their health care system – it is because of all of these and more.