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Home Sections Education & Technology Los Angeles Visit of Leyte-Biliran Educators and Local-government Officials Set for May 17–20
Los Angeles Visit of Leyte-Biliran Educators and Local-government Officials Set for May 17–20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Art Pacho   
Thursday, 14 May 2009 20:24

T wo educational institutions and local officials from the Philippines are conducting an observation tour of colleges and universities in Los Angeles from May 17 to 20, 2009. President Catalino Beltran heads the delegation from Eastern Visayas State University in Tacloban City. The visitors from the Naval Institute of Technology in Naval, Biliran, are led by President Edita Genson.

The purposes of the visiting observation-and-study group are:

* To observe curriculum and best practices in educational programs relating to technology, engineering, education and medical fields.

* To explore and discuss potential opportunities for partnership, cooperation and exchange of information.

* To observe business and industry establishments and develop contacts for marketing products from Leyte and Samar.

The visit in Los Angeles was coordinated with the support of Executive Director Susan Dilkes of the Filipino American Service Group, Inc.  The group will visit the facility of the non-profit agency as well as the Filipino American Library.

P rior to the visit in Los Angeles, the delegation visited North Carolina and Washington, DC.  In North Carolina, a non-profit organization which had conducted annual medical missions to Leyte and donated medical equipment and supplies, coordinated the study tour of the group. The tour was coordinated by the World Apart-One Heart Foundation which has sponsored several medical missions to the Philippines.

Editor's Note: Dr. Pacho is a former president of the Filipino-American Educators' Association of Southern California.

They had a heavy schedule conducting meetings and touring universities and colleges, a medical center, and business and industry establishments.  Their visit in North Carolina resulted in formalizing an agreement with Stanly Community College in Albemarle, North Carolina, to provide consultancy and training in biomedical equipment technology.

Beginning August 2009, one instructor from Eastern Visayas State University will be attending Stanly Community College for two semesters to study biomedical equipment technology program and be trained to conduct a similar program in Leyte.  A second instructor from Naval Institute of Technology will be attending the same college in 2010.  This program will prepare individuals to install, operate, and repair equipment used in the medical and health care system.

In Los Angeles the study group will tour the campus of the California State University, Northridge and a model high school – East Valley High School to be conducted by Dr. Conrad Ulpindo. Vice Chancellor Marvin Martinez of the Los Angeles Community College District will give a presentation on the Los Angeles Community College District. He will be assisted by Dean Felicito Cajayon, who is the Dean of Economic and Workforce Development in the district.  Specific discussions with the district relate to participating in a distance-learning initiative of the Los Angeles Community College District and observing the dental-assistant curriculum.

Ms. Mary Anne Gavarra-Oh, the director of International Education at West Los Angeles College, will present academic programs of her institution and conduct a tour of the college campus. # # #

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2009 20:31
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1 Thursday, 28 May 2009 09:22
It has been an honor to host our school leaders from various state universities, colleges and government of the Philippines. I look forward to facilitating a partnership between California State University-Northridge and Eastern Visayas State University on Engineering and Applied Mechanics in the future. I am proud to have been able to give back to the Philippines. Thank you for your leadership, Dr. Pacho!

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