12/04/2011: SFPCG ATTENDS PRESS CONFERENCE ON AB 199
Above photo show California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma discussing AB 199 or The Filipinos in WWII Social Studies Curriculum Act at the Veterans War Memorial Building in San Francisco. The group photo at right includes Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. and Speaker Pro Tempore Ma with U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marion Maruta, San Francisco Unified School District Board Member Hydra Mendoza, Commissioner Rudy Asercion, Executive Director Luisa Antonio of the Veterans Equity Center, and Filipino WW II veteran Regino Nacua.
San Francisco, California – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco attended the press conference of California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma on AB 199, or The Filipinos in WWII Social Studies Curriculum Act held at the Veterans War Memorial Building in San Francisco last Saturday, 09 April 2011.
AB 199 is a bill approved by the California State Assembly which calls for the inclusion of the role of Filipino soldiers in the U.S. war effort during the Second World War in social science subjects in grades 7-12 in California’s public and private schools. The proposed legislation, which will need a counterpart bill in the California State Senate, was jointly introduced by Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley).
“Filipino WW II veterans have been denied benefits that were promised and are now being denied credit in our school history books,” said Speaker Pro Tempore Ma. “Many of the Filipino veterans in WW II are aging and dying. It is important to ensure that their stories are not lost – they deserve our recognition and respect in our history,” she added.