More FilAm students today want to work in PHL than 2 years ago: Cuisia

FilAm students at a recent community fair held at the Philippine Embassy.

FilAm students at a recent community fair held at the Philippine Embassy.

A growing number of Filipino American students are interested in exploring employment opportunities in the Philippines, according to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.

The economic transformation taking place in the homeland their parents left years ago is what’s prompting this job surge, he said

“Most of the Filipino American youths I have talked to see bright prospects for the Philippines and have expressed their desire to find work there,” Cuisia said in a press statement. “You would not be hearing this two to three years ago.”

In a recent visit to Yale University, he noted the positive feedback about the Philippine economy from FilAm as well as other foreign students.

Cuisia spoke at the university forum entitled “The Philippines on the World Stage,” before the “Global Perspectives Symposia” sponsored by the Kasama-The Filipino Club of Yale and the Yale International Relations Association. He credited President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s good governance agenda for the “unprecedented” economic growth the Philippines is experiencing.

Cuisia said the enthusiasm of FilAm students who asked many questions about the Philippines was surprising. “There seem to be this surge in their desire to learn more about the country,” he said.

Kasama Co-President Ulysses Isidro was among those who want to try his luck in the Philippines after graduation.

“After hearing Ambassador Cuisia talk, I was reminded not to forget my heritage and now hope to visit and possibly work in the Philippines after graduation to learn more about my culture and country first-hand,” said Isidro, a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. His parents are from Bataan and Capiz.

Hannah Gonzales, a sophomore majoring in History, said: “Although I knew quite a bit about the Philippines beforehand, Ambassador Cuisia added a new dimension to the Philippines’ role on the world stage that I was not quite familiar with. Now, I can see the Philippines as both an emerging economy and a fun place to travel to.”

Cuisia’s visit to Yale and other American universities is part of his efforts to reach out to Filipino American youth, according to a press statement from the embassy. He has been engaging FilAm youth through the annual Filipino-American Youth Leaders Program that brings carefully selected youth leaders for an educational tour of the Philippines.

Biology major Megan Flaviano of Georgetown University offered a qualified reaction to Cuisia’s statement. She said, “Quite a few want to work in the Philippines for a few years just for the experience of living in the country of your culture.”

But as far as long-term goals, she quickly added, “Many of us just want to stay in the States to build our career more. There are a lot more comfort to just stay in the U.S.”

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