FRANCE L. CASTRO
FRANCE L. CASTRO
FRANCISCA L. CASTRO
Party-list Representative, ACT-Teachers
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France Castro is a mother of two children. She has raised her family working as a high-school mathematics teacher for the last 25 years. She graduated Cum Laude in 1987 from Philippine Normal College (now Philippine Normal University) with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a major in Mathematics. In 1996, she earned her Master of Science in Mathematics Education from the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila). She has taught a variety of mathematics subjects in different public schools throughout Metro Manila spending the last eight years as a Master Teacher II at Quirino High School in Quezon City. She retired from the public service in May 2013 and became a full-time organizer and union activist.
While working as a teacher , France became a union activist holding different positions within the teachers movement. She became the President of Quezon City Public School Teachers Association (QCPSTA) for four terms (2001-2005, 2007-2012). Under her leadership, the QCPSTA successfully fight for the P1,000 rice allowance per quarter, longevity pay from P50 to P100 for every five years of service, death aid contribution system, medical benefit, and the institutionalization of QCPSTA budget in the local school, she also served as the founding president of ACT-NCR, the biggest union of teachers in the public sector in the Philippines from 2011-2012. She became the the National Trustee of the Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA) representing Metro Manila from 2010-2015, and recently held the position of Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)-Philippines from 2012-2016. At the international level, she is one of the members of the Regional Committee of Education International (EI)-Asia Pacific. Recently, and at the 7th World Congress of EI on July 2015, she was elected as one of the World Executive Board Member representing the EI-AP.