The Philippine Commission on Filipinos Overseas has recently appointed Lathrop resident Cesar Albano as one of its honorary envoys in the United States.
Among the responsibilities of this pro bono position include representing the commission in Filipino community functions, and extending support and assistance as liaison to those who wish to undertake business ventures in the Philippines. Honorary envoys are also expected to make recommendations on how to improve the welfare of Filipinos in the West Coast areas being represented which the commission may provide as “inputs or advice to (the Philippines’) Congress and the Office of the President.”
Albano, a graduate of the San Beda College of Law in Manila where he was a classmate of President Rodrigo Duterte, worked as a corporate lawyer in Manila before moving to California in the late 1970s. He is a longtime member and board officer of the United Bacarreneos of America, the organization which was instrumental in establishing Lathrop as the Sister City of Bacarra in the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines where he grew up. Last year, he was named as the outstanding graduate of the Bacarra elementary school he attended, and was the featured speaker during the centenary celebration of the San Agustin campus. His wife, Violet, is a registered nurse who worked for many years in San Joaquin County General Hospital’s ICU unit before retiring. He is also the brother of Manteca Bulletin writer, Rose Albano Risso.
The term of office for the honorary envoy shall be in effect for the duration of the commission’s existence.
Commission on Filipinos
Overseas founded in 1980s
The establishment of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas goes back to 1984 when then President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed an Executive Order authorizing the CFO “to establish 12 offices in the United States, Canada and Australia identified (as having) vast concentration of Filipino migrants” for the purpose of strengthening the Southeast Asian country’s ties with Filipinos overseas.
Filipinos in Lathrop,
other parts of the US
According to the last U.S. Census conducted in 2010, about one of every 10 residents in Lathrop is of Filipino heritage which helps explain why this population group is sought after by politicians during elections. Since the city’s incorporation in 1989, one of the mayors appointed and, later, elected to the town’s top office was a Filipino — the late Rev. Apolinar Sangalang.
In the United States, more than 4 million Filipinos call this country home. Nearly 1.5 million of them live in California. The most concentration of Filipinos are in the following major cities: Los Angeles, CA (495,000); San Francisco, CA (305,000); New York, NY (241,000); Honolulu, HI (211,000); San Diego, CA (196,000); Chicago, IL (137,000); Las Vegas, NV (124,000).