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02/07/2012: Embassy Hosts Roundtable Dialogue for Congressman Mariano

Congressman Rafael Mariano addresses members of the Filipino American community during a roundtable dialogue at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Seated next to Congressman Mariano is Ambassador Jose Cuisia.

02 July 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. hosted Congressman Rafael V. Mariano (PL-Anakpawis) at the Embassy last June 29 for a roundtable dialogue with representatives of the Filipino American community.

The event enabled Congressman Mariano to share socio-economic concerns such as agrarian reform and rural development, labor and employment, and prospects as to how Filipinos in the U.S. can take an active part in contributing to the Philippines’ developmental goals.

During the dialogue, Ambassador Cuisia noted that Anakpawis is among the most active party-list groups with numerous bills pending in the House of Representatives, including those that pertain to agrarian reform, wage increase, conversion of agricultural land, and the rice and coconut industries.

A native of Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Congressman Mariano is Vice-chairperson of the House Committee on Agriculture and member of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment. (END)