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Home Sections Health and Medicine Consul General Aragon Witnesses L.A. City Council Honor 13 Fil-Am Healthcare Professionals
Consul General Aragon Witnesses L.A. City Council Honor 13 Fil-Am Healthcare Professionals PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 December 2007 19:15

Consul General Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon witnessed the presentation of certificates of commendation by the City of Los Angeles’ City Council to 13 Filipino-American healthcare workers. The medical professionals were cited for their exemplary work as healthcare practitioners and as role models. The commendations were awarded on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, by Councilmember Richard Alarcon of District 7 and Councilmember and current Council President Eric Garcetti of District 13. The recipients were nine exemplary Filipino-American physicians and four nurses. 


Councilmember Alarcon acknowledged Filipino Americans as an integral part of the healthcare workforce in the city. Mr. Alarcon said that the Fil-Am medical professionals continue to meet the demands of an expanding healthcare system with their demonstrated skill, work ethic and passion. He said that everyone who encounters Filipinos in hospitals can rest assured that they are highly-qualified professionals with unquestionable credentials.




Councilman Richard Alarcon with Consul General Aragon, the honorees and other visitors at the Los Angeles City Council.


For his part, Councilmember Garcetti thanked Filipino Americans for looking after the well-being of Los Angeles residents. Council President Garcetti is the recognized father of the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. He sponsored the resolution that was passed by the City Council on Aug. 2, 2002, which recognized the vibrant and colorful history of the Filipino community and their positive contributions to the city. The early Filipino pioneers settled in the Temple Street-Beverly Boulevard corridor of what is now the Historic Filipinotown.

In reference to the recent “Desperate Housewives” episode maligning Philippine medical schools, Mr. Garcetti expressed his belief that the Filipino-Americans’ good record in healthcare would prevail over any misinformed comments and jokes about the second-largest Asian ethnic group in Los Angeles.

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl (District 11) proudly stated that he has visited the Philippines. He then recognized the Filipino Americans as the backbone of the American nursing industry.



Consul General Aragon addressing the Los Angeles City Council. Flanking her are Councilmembers Richard Alarcon and Eric Garcetti


Councilmember Tom Labonge (District 4) echoed his colleagues’ high praise for Filipinos in helping the United States meet its healthcare needs.

In her response to the Councilmembers, Consul General Aragon expressed her profound appreciation to the Los Angeles City Council for recognizing Filipino Americans who have distinguished themselves in the field of healthcare services in the City of Los Angeles. She added that over the years, Fil-Am healthcare workers have established a solid reputation in many parts of the world, particularly in the United States, in the services sector.

The diplomat is the first-ever Filipino woman consul general assigned in the City of Los Angeles. She thanked Councilmembers Garcetti and Alarcon for continuing to champion causes concerning Filipino Americans in Los Angeles. She said that she looks forward to working even closer with the City of Los Angeles in attending to the needs of the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles.



Consul General Aragon with Councilmembers Garcetti and Alarcon, Filipino-American awardees, and Filipino-American community leaders


The Filipino-American awardees were Dr. Francisco P. Quismorio, Jr., Dr. Robinson Villaverde Baron, Ms. Mila Velasquez, Ms. Lydia Roblow-Jimenez, Dr. Rolando Mercader, Dr. Noli Soza, Dr. Arnel Joaquin, Dr. Erwinn Sistoza, Dr. Mariedel Leviste-Mosqueda, Ms. Violeta Unabia, Dr. Edgar Bañez, Dr. Delia Cabansag, and Ms. Josie Jones.

Before the awarding of commendations, Consul General Aragon met briefly with other Los Angeles City officials, namely Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Tony Cardenas (District 6), and Councilmember Wendy Greuel (District 2).

Dr. Quismorio is a faculty member of the University of Southern California’s College of Medicine and is a collector of Filipino historical memorabilia. He is also a charter member of the Philippine History Group of Los Angeles. He hails from Candon, Ilocos Sur.

Dr. Robinson V. Baron is the Chief of Staff of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in West Covina, California, aside from his private practice in the City of Covina. He hails from Camarines Norte in the Bicol Region.

(To be continued . . .)


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 16:36

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