THE California Asian Chamber of Commerce visited the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands in Intramuros for the first time on Wednesday, with 23 delegates led by Rob Bonta, the first Filipino-American elected to the California State Assembly.
Bonta was born and raised in Quezon City, and was two years old when his family left the country for the US because of martial law.
Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, where he represents the 18th District comprising the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He became the first and so far only Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California.
Upon assuming office he introduced and passed into law in 2013 an ordinance requiring California public schools to teach students the contributions of Filipino Americans in the farm labor movement. Currently, he is the chair of both the Assembly Health Committee and of the Public Employee Retirement Systems Committee.
The members of the delegation come from Aaron Read & Associates, co-organizer of the multi-sector mission, the RMP Strategies, First Data, CSU San Marcos, and IGA, among others.
Philippine Chamber President Jose Luis Yulo said the highlight of mission is the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chamber and CalAsian that aims to “Develop and promote the trade relations and technical cooperation and enhance the economic competitiveness in the global community of their members, the State of California, and The Philippines.”