HON. FRANCE L. CASTRO
Secretary General, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), 2006 to 2015
Founding President, ACT National Capital Region Union, 2011 to 2012
Member, Philippine House of Representatives, 2016 to present
France Castro is a mother of two children. She has raised her family working as a high school mathematics teacher for the 25 years. She graduated cum laude in 1987 from Philippine Normal College (now Philippine Normal University) with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, major in Mathematics. In 1996, she earned her Master of Science in Mathematics Education from the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila. She taught in different public schools in Metro Manila, spending the last eight years as 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 represented teachers and education workers both in local, national, and international arenas. She served as President of Quezon City Public School Teachers Association in 2001 to 2005, and 2007 to 2012. Under her leadership, the QCPSTA successfully fought for the quarterly P1,000 rice allowance, doubled longevity pay, death aid contribution system, medical benefit, and the institutionalization of QCPSTA budget in the local school. She was the Founding President of ACT National Capital Region Union, the first union of public school teachers in the country and the biggest union of government employees. She became the National Trustee of the Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA) representing Metro Manila from 2010 to 2015, and Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines from 2012 to 2015. At the international level, she is one of the members of the Regional Committee of Education International-Asia Pacific (EI-AP). At the 2015 World Congress of EI, she was elected as one of the World Executive Board Member representing the EI-AP. ###