WASHINGTON D.C., USA – More than 100 Filipino teachers from Prince George’s County in Maryland went to the State Labor Department to fight for their right to work in the United States.
With the support of the teachers’ union of Maryland, as well as students and leaders of the Filipino-American community, the teachers aired their complaints in their protest along the road towards Capitol Hill.
“Four thousand dollars and job termination is not justice,” said Cherry Simpelo, a Filipino teacher. “Nandidito po kami para ipaalam sa America na biktima kami. Hindi kami ang kontrabida dito.”
In Baltimore, the Association of Filipino Teachers in America (AFTA) launched an education campaign plan to inform the Filipino teachers of their legal options.
“Ine-explore natin ang mga possibilities na pwedeng pagpilian ng mga teachers na ito na nawalan ng job sa US,” said Lynne Siocon, president of the AFTA Maryland chapter.
In the face of high unemployment rates in the United States, the Filipino teachers are hoping that their contribution to the improved quality of education in Maryland will be given some credit. - With a report from Rodney Jaleco, ABS-CBN News North America
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