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AFTA's General Assembly and CE for teachers

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The Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America (AFTA) held a successful assembly for its members last  May 7, 2016 at LovinLife Learning Center in New York City. Dr. Raul Cajigas, president, welcomed the members, guests and presenters to the professional development lectures and election of the Executive Board members for 2016-2018.

A very interesting lecture/workshop on Advance Planning was presented by lawyer Carol Tanjutco, AFTA’s latest addition to its noted recipients of the Dona Teodora Alonzo Award. The workshop covered the basic estate planning documents commonly known as Advance Directives. This covered scenarios when it is proper to use health care proxy, living will, do not resuscitate order (DNR), and durable as well as nondurable powers of attorney. 

The session is part of a continuing education for teachers, and included financial reporting of assets abroad by US persons known as FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report), one detail which none of the attendees had known about before. Ms. Tanjutco walked each participant through the different forms to make them familiar with those. The topic got a very positive response and generated quite a number of questions from the participants. Truly, an eye opener for all those in attendance.

The AFTA Scholarship Project with the City College of New York (CCNY) and MED Star was launched with Dr. Paul Chrzanowski of CCNY in attendance. The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at the CCNY has partnered with MED Star Billing Technology and Resources to train individuals who aspire to become certified medical biller and coders.  A 170-hour online/hybrid course is designed for certification as medical coding specialist in any health related facilities such as clinics and other out-and inpatient facilities. Starting in school year 2016-2017, three scholars from the Philippines will be chosen by AFTA to avail of the opportunity. For inquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To advise AFTA in its efforts to gain financial strength and improved fiscal management, AFTA installed  Ludy Corrales, an active leader in the Filipino American community and a very loyal AFTA supporter, to be its Finance /Grant Adviser. In her acceptance talk, Ms. Corrales expressed that it is an honor to be part of this respected organization.

Most importantly, the election of the 2016-2018 Executive Board members was held at the assembly. The nominations were very lively and smooth. The new and reelected members, who professed their cooperation with everyone, are: President- Dr. Raul Cajigas; Executive Vice President –Rena Pedaria; VP for Development – Juanito Hingpis; VP for Operations- Luz Dara Valconcha; Executive Secretary-Dr. Ely Timbol; Asst.Secretary- Marcelo Inot; Membership Secretary-Marvin Respicio; Treasurer-Gina Vallejera; Asst. Treasurer-Nellie Gabatino; Auditor-Mercedes Dungog; PRO’s-Ramil Buenaventura (FB), Judy Canete and Amparo Chamos; Members: Vicky Baxa, Vicky Dietz, Josey Dimalanta, Helen Howard, Yoly Javier, Edith Plecis and Miliza Romero.

The new officers and board members, including its advisers namely Josefina Badana, Lilia Juele, Ric Mendoza and Pacita Ros, Atty. Ferdinand Suba (Legal Adviser) and Ludy Corrales (Finance/Grant Adviser) will be inducted into office on May 21, 2016 @ the Astoria World Manor, 1:00 -6:00 P.M. During this event, AFTA will give recognition to many teachers with the CRYSTAL APPLE AWARD for active teachers, TANGLAW AWARD for retired teachers and LEADS AWARD for teachers in administrative and supervisory positions in an education-related institution or organization.

AFTA also announced that PAARALAN SA KONSULADO, their project with the Philippine Consulate General in New York will open on June 25 and will run on July 9, 16, 23 and culminate on July 30. Classes will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Philippine Center. Flyers will be available soon and for general inquiries, please visit AFTA.INC on Facebook.

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