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Press Release

19 November 2020

PH Consul General in New York Meets Fil-Ams in the Academe

Consul General Petronila P. Garcia (top center) met with Fil-Am members of the academe in the US Northeast last 14 November.

14 November 2020, New York –Philippine Consul General in New York Petronila P. Garcia participated in a virtual meeting last 14 November with Fil-Ams in the academe based in the US Northeast. 

The meeting was participated in by 28 members of the Philippine Academic Association Northeast (PAANE) which is composed of professors, deans, researchers, members of the faculty, and college and university officials in the 10 States under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in New York (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

In her remarks, Consul General Garcia said that PPANE can serve as an avenue for exchanging ideas, sharing resources, and collaborating for a common objective, not only for those in the US Northeast but also their counterparts in the Philippines. She assured the members that the Consulate General in New York will be their partner in supporting professional networking and harnessing the potentials of Filipino-Americans scholars, researchers, and academics.

The group discussed how they can further expand the network and continue their projects and initiatives during the pandemic.  They proposed to pursue a mentorship program for Fil-Am professionals in the academe, students, and fresh graduates, building on the existing mentorship program of the Consulate General under its Philippine Graduation (P-Grad) project where fresh graduates are paired with distinguished Fil-Ams in the same field who will mentor them for one year.

PAANE’s steering committee includes Dean Faustino Cruz (Fordham), Dr. Emilia Zarco (Adelphi University), Dr. Cherubim Quizon (Seton Hall University), Dean Evangeline Manjares (Nassau Community College), and Prof. Jennifer Delfino (City University of New York).  St. John’s University President Conrado Gempesaw serves as the adviser of the organization. END