Francis Ray Subong is a Registered Guidance Counselor and Licensed Professional Teacher. He serves the public basic education sector for almost a decade and currently a Master Teacher at Iloilo National High School where he once acted as a Guidance Counselor. He was previously an Education Program Specialist in the Schools Division of Iloilo. He is engaged with the different governance levels of DepEd as a Module Writer for Career Guidance and Homeroom Guidance Modules; a Certified Learning Facilitator (Teacher-Trainer) of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP), the training department of DepEd; and a coach for the Continuous Improvement (CI), an organizational improvement project of DepEd and AusAid. He is currently one of the Technical Working Group (TWG) Members of the DepEd Mental Health (for learners) and for the Development of the Employee Welfare and Wellness Policy. He also leads the DepEd Association of Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates of the Philippines (AGCCAP).
He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary (Archdiocese of Jaro) and Master of Education (Guidance) from the University of the Philippines Visayas both in Iloilo City. Currently, he is finishing his Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree at the University of St. La Salle.
Francis is the former Public Relations Officer (2019-2021) and the Vice President for Internal Affairs (2021-2022) of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA).
As a Fulbright Distinguished Awardee in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI), he looks forward to engaging, collaborating, benchmarking, and networking with different US Counselors, School Psychologists, and other student support specialists to develop and institutionalize an effective, efficient, contextualized, and transformative student support service of the Department of Education which includes Guidance and Counseling, Career Guidance, and Mental Health to improve the overall literacy of the Filipino learners.