FCC Talakayan Every First Monday of the Month

by Ali Paningbatan & Monica Ravelo (FCC Youth Interns) Tagalog Translation below.

Talakayan means discussions in English. In FCC talakayan is when groups of Filipinos come and meet to discuss their experiences as immigrants. They listen to their fellow Filipinos about their difficulties as workers.

Last February 7th the first Talakayan meeting of the year 2011, they talked about their life and how FCC helped them with their lives. Despite the fact that they feel lonely here in U.S FCC provides them programs and activities so that they can have fun and forget their problems. They come together and enjoy each others company.

They also talked about the caregivers and how they deserved to get their rights as workers. Some of them work really hard for their children back in the Philippines. They mentioned that back in the Philippines its very hard to look for jobs therefore their family depends on them that is the reason why they work hard not for themselves but their family.

What we liked about the Talakayan is that Nanays and Tatays come together which unite Filipinos around the neighborhood. We also like that they shared their experiences and specially learned something with it. We learned that setting goals and making plans helped achieve success.

The next Talakayan will be on Monday March 7th at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Tagalog Translation:

Talakayan ay isang paraan upang magsama-sama ang mga Pilipino at pag-usapan ang mga ibat-ibang isyu o suliranin na may kaugnayan sa buhay ng mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas at dito sa US. Sa kabila ng kalungkutan dahil sa malayo sila sa kanilang pamilya, ang FCC ay may programa at mga aktibitis upang matulungan ang mga pilipinong malayo sa kanilang pamilya.Pinag-usapan din dito ang mga isyu ng caregivers na ngayon ay maraming inaabuso ng kanilang karapatan. Marami rin sa kanila ang nagtratrabaho ng higit sa walong (8) oras upang masuportahan ang kanilang pamilya sa pilipinas. Ayon din sa kanila walang trabaho mapapasukan sa Pilipinas kaya ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit sila napilitan iwan ang kanilang mga pamilya at dito magtrabaho. Ang nagustuhan naming sa Talakayan ay ang mga Nanay, Tatay at mga kapwa kasing-bahay ay may pagkakaisa. Nagustuhan din naming sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pag-bahagi ng kanilang karanasan ay maraming aral kaming natutunan, at higit sa lahat ang pagkakaroon ng mahusay na plano at pagkakaisa ay may tagumpay na makakamtam.

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