How to be you, po? A Guide to Filipinos who want to work in the US

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office will provide a helpful guide on recruitment and deployment services in the Philippines. This interactive room can help answer your questions – from requirements, what to expect, culture, and who knows – maybe you can find opportunities or meet a potential employer at the conference!


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Day 3:  Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 7,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)

Angela Librado-Trinidad

Atty. Angela Librado-Trinidad is widely known for espousing women causes. Also a  staunch advocate for children and workers, this lady lawyer is a mother of four and one  hell of a cook.  

Labatt Angging, as she is fondly called, has been in public service since her youth in  Davao City. At present, she heads the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in  Washington, D.C as its Labor Attaché where she oversees the implementation of all labor  employment programs of the Department of Labor and Employment—all geared towards  protection and empowerment of our Overseas Filipino Workers in the United States and  the Caribbean Islands.


Mae Damole Codilla

Mae Damole Codilla hails from Cebu, Philippines. 

She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City.

She has been working with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 7 as Division Chief, Programs and Services Division and as the OIC-Regional Director before her current assignment as Welfare Officer of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Washington DC.

She was posted as Welfare Officer of POLO-Madrid, Spain in 2006.

Monique Odono


Fund Raising Basics: What Works for your Organization Presented by Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Inc.

Presented by Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Inc.
Learn about organizations’ life cycle towards sustainability and explore traditional and non-traditional ways to raise funds for your cause. From selling tickets, applying for grants, matching funds from online shopping, and crowdfunding options, see what works for you!

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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


Josephine Rago-Adia is a co-owner of the PJA Global Associates LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in training non-profit and small business organizations. She is  also the Founder and Board of Director of the Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Inc. (PSDI), a tax -exempt nonprofit organization based in New Jersey. She has 45 years of human service experience both here in the USA and Philippines. She worked in various levels of governments and nonprofit organizations. Her expertise includes nonprofit capacity building, grant development, writing and management. 

Currently, she is the  Federal Program Specialist assigned to USDHHS’s LIHEAP grantees in Regions 2,4 & 9. She administers 75 state, tribal and state grants. Her official responsibilities include  grant administration, reviewer and approver of states and tribes’ Model Plans, training and technical assistance to grantees on program and policy related matters and conduct of program compliance reviews. 

She graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of the Philippines and received a Certificate of Leadership on Urban Management Executive Program from Rutgers University, NJ.


David Aguilar is the founder and principal of Community Collaborative Solutions, LLC established in 2014 to work in partnership with nonprofit organizations, local and national governments in meeting their challenges by offering innovative and cutting-edge tools that promote sustainable change, adaptability, efficiency, and cultural competency.

David’s expertise includes coalition development and capacity building, nonprofit law, policy analysis and advocacy, evaluation, grant writing, training and curriculum development drawn from more than 20 years of national and international experience working in the non-profit sectors in the United States of America, Spain, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Albania, Philippines, and Indonesia.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master’s in Law from the University of Navarra’s School of Law in Spain and a post-graduate on Management of Nonprofit Organizations from Seton Hall University, New Jersey. He co-authored peer reviewed publications ranging from coalition building initiative to health prevention research. David is currently sitting at the national advisory board of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, an NGO that assists the national government formulate policies related to substance abuse prevention.


Perle Almeida currently serves as the Deputy Director of the County Division of Employment and Training.  The organization’s primary mission is to assist individuals in finding sustainable jobs through direct assistance or by upskilling.

Perle’s expertise in grant administration spans over 20 years; she is proficient in all aspects of grant writing, reviewing, awarding, administering and complying with grantor requirements; specially with state and federal social service and welfare programs.

Perle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University, New Jersey.  She is a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha Honors Society, the American Association of Public Administration and was outgoing secretary of the Garden State Employment and Training Association.

Thinking of Doing Business in the Philippines? Learn from our mistakes

As we celebrate the Filipino workforce, many have ventured to explore outsourcing work, manufacturing or the tech industries in the country. Some have even permanently moved to the Philippines . But the road was never straight – this panel can help you navigate through the bumps and potholes along the way from personal experiences they will share.


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 1:  Nov. 4,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


JR Calanoc Founder and CEO of Panalo. He is a staff attorney at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he is a member of the Discovery practice group. Also, he has advised entrepreneurs on privacy law matters and coordinated data breach investigations for clients in the healthcare and financial services industries. In September 2019, he was appointed to the Illinois State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

He is a founding board member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and currently serves as its Vice President of Membership. He is a Communications Officer of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, board vice president of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, and an associate board member of HealthConnect One. Additionally, he is an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


Ray Villanueva is an educator, architect, and builder with a focus on community design and impact. 

Ray is co-founder of Estudio Damgo, a student-led, community design and build program at Foundation University in Dumaguete City. The program goals are to impact lives through community projects that celebrate local materials like bamboo, reintroduce cultural relevance and promote sustainability. The program was awarded as a 2013 Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) and its alumnus was awarded a 2013 Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines (TOSP) for his work with Estudio Damgo. Ray is also co-director of the Philippines Bamboo Workshop Study Abroad Program through the University of Washington Department of Architecture, which won the 2016 ACSA Design Build Award. 

Ray is a technical architect that loves to bring impactful design to life. At Miller Hayashi Architects in Seattle, Ray led design and construction for community health clinics, public schools, non-profit organizations and municipal buildings. At Katerra, Ray led the multi-family podium team, redefining project delivery and systems to make housing more affordable.

At FYLPRO Immersion Trip 2017 Ray met Base Bahay, a foundation dedicated to building socialized housing with bamboo. The organization’s mission inspired Ray to co-found Kawayan Collective in 2018 with his wife, Amy. As a construction grade treated bamboo supplier, Kawayan Collective is partnered with Base Bahay in the vision to create better homes for all Filipinos.

Ray earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland with Summa Cum Laude honors and completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Washington. Ray and Amy live in Dauin, Negros Oriental with their two kids, June (6) and Lou (4).


Kevin Gabayan is the CEO and cofounder of Plentina, a startup building services and technologies to increase access to financial services in emerging markets. He previously founded a team at Google building for emerging market financial inclusion, and was a machine learning software engineer in Android’s activity recognition team. He was a student researcher at NASA Ames and led data science at Bump Technologies when it was acquired by Google in 2013. He holds four patents in mobile data and interaction, is all-but-thesis for the Stanford electrical engineering PhD, and holds a Stanford MS and UCLA BS in electrical engineering.