FAIRFIELD — Filipino Americans are scheduled to get honored Wednesday by the Solano County Board of Education.
The board will consider a resolution recognizing October at Filipino American History Month. The resolution declares this a relevant time to study Filipino American history and education so all Americans can appreciate it.
Filipino Americans comprised a large sector of the workforce at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, which closed in 1996. They labored on some of the early farms in Suisun Valley, contributing to the agricultural history of the county. They comprise a sector of the Travis Air Force Base workforce, the resolution said.
Among the many local Filipino American leaders listed in the resolution are Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez, former Fairfield-Suisun School District board member Abe Bautista, Pete Rey, Hermie Sunga and Cris Villanueva of the Vallejo City Council, and Mel Orpilla of the Filipino American National Historical Society.
The Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.
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