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28/08/2012: PHL Ambassador Urges Fil-Am Engineers to Contribute to the Country’s Development

28 August 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. called on Filipino American engineers to be a part of the construction boom taking place in the Philippines and to participate in the bidding for public-private partnership projects.

Speaking at the 32nd anniversary gala of the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE), which was held at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia last August 25, Ambassador Cuisia cited the “renewed sense of optimism and confidence in the Philippines…(which) is none more evident that in the performance of our economy.”  He added that the Aquino administration’s good governance agenda has reaped dividends for the country, as anti-corruption and transparency efforts are being recognized by the international community.

PAMWE’s new president, Hilda Leuterio-Gigioli, urged young and future Filipino engineers to be involved and lend their knowledge to the organization.  She hopes to send the message to the younger generation that engineering is an exciting and fulfilling field, with people who “act to make dreams happen.”

Ms. Leuterio-Gigioli, an information technology executive, is the fourth woman president of PAMWE.  Her sister, Hedy Leuterio Thomas, was PAMWE president from 2008-2010 and their father, Mariano P. Leuterio, once served as the organization’s vice president.    PAMWE’s chairman is Aylene Mafnas, who is also the current president of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities.

Founded in March 1980, the Association is a non-profit professional organization whose objectives include helping fellow engineers find employment, granting scholarships to deserving students, and enhancing the knowledge of its members through the conduct of seminars.  In 2002, PAMWE received the Philippine Presidential Banaag Award for outstanding overseas organizations.  (END)