by Kabayan Laliebeth
Abu Dhabi – The Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio R. Vingno Jr. who has served for two years and eight months in the country as the Philippine envoy, together with his wife Yoko Ramos and son Chase was surprised at the Ma’Assalamah Farewell event organized by the Bayanihan Council & the different Filipino organizations in capital last Monday, June 4 at Golden Tulip Downtown Abu Dhabi, here.
Attended by the Philippine Embassy officials including Labor Attaches and Welfare officers and the more than 100 Filipino community leaders and the Bayanihan Executive members, the night’s affair turned to appreciations and poured with inspiring farewell messages from at least 50 groups well-acknowledged by Ambassador Vingno.
His Excellency Constancio R. Vingno Jr.
“I could not find the right words now as I speak how truly we (I and my wife) are touched with your presence, keeping on us, and your praises,” the Ambassador begun his speech in front of the exciting Filipinos. He has realized that because of the sheer number of kababayans in UAE getting new friends is never ending.
“In this event, let me take this opportunity to thank you all for the love and the affection that you have extended to us, to my family,” expressed Vingno.
Ambassador Vingno & wife Yoko
“Sa tulong po ng ating mga kasama sa Embahada, di po namin magagawa ang mga pangyayari sa nakaraang dalawang taon at kalahati kung hindi po sa tulong ng ating mga kasamahan sa community dito sa Abu Dhabi,” stressed the Philippine envoy also acknowledging his wife, Madame Yoko for her untiring support during his tenure.
Prior to revealing a surprise gift prepared by the Council, several personalities stood to share their apprehension and appreciation for the Ambassador.
“Ambassador Vingno’s hardwork, dedication, commitment and selfless acts will always serve as an inspiration to me, the rest of Bayanihan Executive Board and Filipino Community Organizations’ leaders under Bayanihan Council in providing the best services that our members and all our kababayans deserve,” quoted Engr. Elmer O. Casao. Chairman of the Bayanihan Council for 2018-2020.
Past Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Jeffrey Uy also stood to extend his deep appreciation to Amba Vingno for the wonderful experiences and learnings he received from him for working for 2 years together.
Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario was also grateful in expressing her sincere appreciation for the support that the Ambassador has extended in several aspects of service.
Points from His Message
Ambassador Vingno has stressed the importance of communication as a two-way process in resolving issues and in dealing with obstacles.
“Through constant communication, it enables us to understand each other. If we are not able to express our feelings, how would you know kung ano ang nararamdaman namin. Kung hindi rin kayo magsasalita sa amin, hindi rin po namin kayo maramdaman,” he said in his speech.
Another point that he highlighted in his message is projecting a good image of Filipinos.
“Here in UAE we need to try our best to project the good image of the country, Philippines and the Filipinos. Ipakita natin na we are able to surmount any obstacles because of bayanihan,” he was referring the bayanihan as cooperation & collective heroism between and amongst the Filipinos.
Being truthful is one of the qualities that the Ambassador would like the Filipinos to stand for.
“As Filipinos, let us try to be truthful to each other. Pag may makita kayong di maganda, kelangan po na ipaalam at kausapin ang isang tao”.
On top of his message, he stressed that Filipinos have to be world-class by not being contented and complacent with their present salaries, rather to continue with further studies and upgrade skills.
“Ipakita natin na world-class tayo…You should never stop learning, you should upgrade your skills kung ano man ang profession mo,” he stressed.
His concluding statement heart-melted the Filipinos present at the Farewell party.
“Gusto kong ipaalam sa inyo, na sa lahat ng bansa na napuntahan ko, napalapit po ang puso ko dito sa UAE – dito po ako nagkaroon ng maraming kaibigan – tunay na kaibigan. Kayo po ay mananatili sa aking isip, sa aking puso, di ko po kayo makalimutan. I love you all,” grateful Ambassador Vingno said.
Quoting major accomplishments
Ambassador Vingno has served 43 years abroad for the Philippine government in various capacities. His tenure as the top Filipino diplomat in the UAE beginning October 2015 after his post in South Africa is one of the most productive in his public service catering the surmount number of about 700,000 Filipinos.
In his two years, his achievements include major landmark agreements signed between the UAE and the Philippines namely the memorandum of understanding (MoU) creating a joint committee for cooperation between the UAE and the Philippines signed in January 2017, the agreement on labour cooperation signed in September 2017 that promotes adequate protection to overseas Filipino workers in the UAE and curb human trafficking; and the recently held signing of the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) and the UAE’s National Qualifications Authority or TESDA-NQA – the cooperation between the two countries on technical, vocational, Education and Training (TVET).
Repatriation of nearly 2000 Filipinos who were under the care of the Philippine Embassy and POLO is also one of major achievements during his term.