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SCFDS DENTISTS CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 2016

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April 04, 2016

SCFDS DENTISTS CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 18, 2016

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Los Angeles—“They were the trailblazer for equality and against racism.”

The Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS) will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a party on June 18, 2016  at the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California to mark their 50 years milestone.

This was announced by the officers of the SCFDS during their press conference during the TALAKAYAN SA KAPIHAN SA HFT last March 31, 2016 at Manila Terrace Social Hall.

When Filipino dentists and other foreign-trained dentists first immigrated to the U.S., they were not allowed to practice dentistry, under the assumption that the education and experience of foreign-trained dentists were not to the level of U.S. standards. In California.

Talakayan sa Kapihan with SCFDSVictory Against Racism

Dr. Rene  Calugcug, SCFDS President narrated, ” When Filipino dentists and other foreign-trained dentists first immigrated to the U.S., they were not allowed to practice dentistry, under the assumption that the education and experience of foreign-trained dentists were not to the level of U.S. standards. In California.”

According to Dr.Rodolfo Cagatao, the oldest and the pioneer in the group, “ A group of San Francisco Filipino dentists saw the inequity of this and decided change needed to happen.

They organized and began strategizing how to go about change, thus establishing the California Filipino Dental Society. Filipino dentists from all over California joined in the effort and eventually grew so large that a Southern California chapter was born, let by the first president, Dr. Juan C. Bides.

Filipinos and other foreign dentists had tremendous difficulty legitimizing their education and skills and had to jump through hoops, re-entering dental school with limited opportunities to even take the California required board examinations.”

Glorious Past, Distinguished Present

Kapihan Moderators

Dr.Virginia Castelo also narrated, “ The Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS) is a professional dental association supporting Filipino and non-Filipino dental professionals in both Southern California and the Philippines. Originally founded in 1966 as an affiliate chapter of the Philippine Dental Association, SCFDS started with the vision of helping foreign-trained dentists legitimately practice dentistry in America.”

Dr. Rene Calugcugan SCFDS President said,” Both Northern and Southern chapters joined forces and initiated legislation to allow foreign-trained dentists to practice in California.

They drew the attention of Assemblyman, Willie Brown, Jr., and Senator Milton Marks. Both legislators championed to push forth the new legislation despite stiff opposition. Eventually, the new legislation did pass with a 69-0 vote among the Assembly and a 32-0 vote in the Senate.

SCFDS Golden Anniversary, June 18, 2016

Then governor, Ronald Reagan, signed the new legislation into law on June 12, 1969, to coincide with Philippine Independence Day. More than 3,000 foreign-trained dentists have since benefited from the efforts of the SCFDS.

Thus, the 5oth celebration is aptly being celebrated at the Reagan Presidential Library in honor of the California  Governor who passed the law that made the SCFDS what it is now.

Today, SCFDS boasts 300 members dedicated to professional excellence and the development of future Filipino dentists. Our goal is to secure SCFDS as the premier Filipino dental association in the region and support our members in their professional path.

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