Kids leverage basketball skills in Allan Caidic shooting camp

by Kabayan Laliebeth

ABU DHABI – For several months in exposing to developmental basketball trainings and joining amateur leagues in Dubai and other emirates of UAE, boys and girls ages from 11 to 18 years old who are members of Stride Abu Dhabi are excited to explore their skills at the upcoming Allan Caidic Basketball shooting camp.

The camp, happening on October 12 to 13 at the Emirates Heritage Club Abu Dhabi is a personalized basketball program for the youth designed to create a learning environment and opportunities for kids’ basketball players to demonstrate and enhance both the individual and team skills.

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Dribbling, passing, shooting, sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, intensity and discipline are few of the skills and values that are developed in every participating kid as a product of hard work and determination even from outdoor trainings and kids’ clinic.

“In basketball clinic, kids are being challenged to excel as a player and strive to improve each day. They are learning to be self-disciplined individual and have confidence in real life as they gain new athletic prowess and abilities”, said one of the parents, Mr. Ronald Lazatin.

According to Ostin Ray Vizcarra, one of the trainees catered by Stride, coming to basketball clinics refrain him from indulging his time in gadgets and other distractors.

“My skills in basketball has improved and I have appreciated the hard work and patience of my coaches from whom I learned the same values. Joining basketball camps has also given me the opportunity to demonstrate my skills with my friends. To be with other Stride Kids is an avenue to show support for other kids and to parents”, Ostin quoted in an interview.

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Filipino accountants celebrated PICPA Abu Dhabi 16th Anniversary

by Kabayan Laliebeth

ABU DHABI – More than one hundred Filipino accountants and finance professionals have gathered at the 16th Anniversary of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants – PICPA Abu Chapter last September 28, Friday at the City Seasons Hotel in capital. The affair also held the oathtaking of the newly-elected officers of the professional organization administered by Philippine Embassy’s Consul Rowena Pangilinan Daquipil.

Hon. Daquipil shared her inspirational message with the group with an utmost impression and recognition to PICPA’s leadership that have contributed to the good image of the organization, in terms of the realization of its internal objectives and in supporting the overseas Filipinos.

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Outgoing PICPA Abu Dhabi Chapter President Silveriano Prieto, Jr echoed the major endeavours and undertakings during his tenure with sense of pride and a salute to the different committees, directors and members who have supported his leadership.

“As for me, leadership is not just a position. Coined with this word is a much deeper sense of accountability and responsibility to lead an organization in line with the fulfilment of its mission and vision. The 2017 PICPA theme, SHINE (stands for Service, Honesty, Innovative, Nation Building & Education) served as our guiding principle and for me to wholeheartedly adhere to PICPA’s mission and to keep it shining for the profession”, quoted Prieto in his speech.

He has mentioned the remarkable 64% growth in our chapter’s membership, a total of 65 Continuing professional development (CPD) points for its members earned from several technical seminars, at least fourteen events conducted in the year, PICPANS Grand Crystal Anniversary, among other undertakings such as extending help to the Filipinos sheltered at the Philippine Embassy.

Meanwhile, its newly elected president Maria Sharina Banta De Dios appeared to accept the responsibilities and the challenge to pursue with the admirations of the organizations.

Mentioning several developments and updates in the Accounting standards, local and international regulations, the shift from manual reporting to automated financial reporting and the technological advancement has given a challenge to accountants, especially Filipinos who are now required of CPD units to renew licenses with PRC.

“With these changes, we, the Filipino accountants have evolved as well and should continuously adapt to the changes. It is time to awaken and increase our competencies, increase our worth and build our name”, Maria Sharina said.

“This year, the theme of PICPA is “Promoting INTEGRITY. Advancing EXCELLENCE. Together, let us commit for excellence in the service of the profession and serve the interest of the members while also contributing to the Filipino community”. she added.

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The conclusion of the nights’ affair turned to social night with sumptuous food, acquaintance and showcase of talents.

 

 

UAE’s first Filipino Architecture & Engineering Summit opens opportunities for Pinoy professionals

by Kabayan Laliebeth

ABU DHABI – First to happen in the United Arab Emirates, the Architecture & Engineering Summit 2018 will host a collaborative gathering of Filipino architects and engineers this coming Friday, October 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The conference will serve as an open forum to discuss advances in the field of civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics and architecture and the inter-relations among these morphing fields, organizers said.

“The main objective of the summit is to bring all the Filipino engineers and architects together in one room to collaborate with each other and discuss the different advancements in our fields”, said Engr. Louie Mel Maliksi – one of the co-chairmen of the summit and the current President of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP-UAE chapter).

“We hope that the summit will assist us on how to apply efficiently for an ASEAN, ACPE and/or APEC engineers, aside from gaining continuing professional development -CPD units required by PRC in renewing professional licenses”, Engr. Maliksi quoted.

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Meanwhile, for the electrical fields, Engr. Celeste Luningning Infante- president of IIEE Abu Dhabi Chapter has reiterated the function of electrical safety fundamentals to other fields.

Likewise, the mechanical engineering aspect, the MEP Design Management systems will be tacked by a subject matter expert as noted by Engr. Robert Noel Peria- President of PSME Abu Dhabi chapter. He has mentioned the inter-connections and relations of the technical presentations in the architecture and engineering fields.

“What we are trying to do is to accommodate the requirements of other organizations/fields from the part of architecture. The Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the recent trends in the field and will be presented by an experienced architect”, mentioned Architect Rodel F. Ayala – president, United Architects of the Philippines UAP Abu Dhabi chapter and who also co-chairs the summit.

The chairman of the UAE’s first Architecture and & Engineering Summit and president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers PICE UAE Chapter, Engr. Vinzor Yee Concepcion has confirmed number of distinguished guests from the Philippines who will also conduct the conferment of ASEAN engineers after the event.

“The president of the Philippine Technological Council Engr. Federico A. Monsada will present the first technical session entitled “Advance Level Architects and Engineers: Levelling up Qualifications Towards Global Comparability and International Recognition”, said Engr Concepcion also mentioning other guests from the Philippines such as Engr. Romulo R. Agatep and DPWH Undersecretary Ma. Catalina Cabral who has there respective expert presentation.

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Engr. Concepcion has encouraged Filipino engineers residing in the UAE to join the event and learn to the leveraging steps for their profession.

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To register, please visit www.aesummit.org

Nightingale Group beats challenges, astounds to grow bigger and wider

by Kabayan Laliebeth

It was in 2014 that the Nightingale Group was born with the vision to become the homecare provider of choice delivering unparalleled standards of care to diverse patients residing in the United Arab Emirates.

From a 3-room facility headquartered at the heart of Abu Dhabi, the Nightingale Group has now moved to a multi-department office at Al Reem Island with ten rooms to accommodate the vast administrative requirements of clients, offer a spacious office for employees and better facilities for quality services.

Aside from the Abu Dhabi office, it has expanded its wings to other areas in Dubai, Al Ain and Al Gharbia to widen its scope with excellent clinical interventions and achieving optimal health levels and wellness through compassionate health care delivery in the comfort of patient’s homes.

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“We expanded branches in Al Ain to cater other services such as Nursing trainings which was opened a few years ago, and recently we have opened the Golden Heart Medical Services in Dubai under the banner of the Nightingale Group”, mentioned Redemptor “Red” Jimeno, RN, RM, LPT, MAN – Chief Executive Officer of Nightingale Group.

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Nightingale CEO Redemptor Jimeno (right) and General manager  Gerard Mamuyac Jr (left)

“Our expertise is on homecare offering home nursing, home physiotherapy services and doctor’s visit at the client’s home”,  Jimeno said adding that their unique blend of premier home health care and community-based services are designed to commit to the international standards of CARF, SKEA and ISO.

From planning, documentation to delivering the services to patients in the comfort of their homes, the Nightingale Group has assured best practices coupled with a robust electronic health information system that is best in the region.

ACCOMPLISHMENT AND SUCCESS

In a short span of time, the Nightingale Group was able to recruit more than 400 employees of which 98% are Filipinos and have sustained them in the period with satisfaction.

“The best achievement na masasabi ko for Nightingale is that we are able to recruit our kabayans and I’m proud that we are locally and internationally recognized”, quoted  Jimeno in an interview.

In 2016, Nightingale won the Sheik Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA)- the first and only homecare in the region to receive the prestigious Silver Recognition in the 15th cycle of the SKEA.

“The award is something for us, it is given to companies na merong ginagawa sa community more than the business. But behind this milestone are our employees who are delivering the standards of healthcare to every corner in UAE- a legacy that made the Nightingale the homecare provider of choice today”, he said.

“The success of Nightingale is not because of one person, not because of me but I owe this to the people who worked with us, along with us in the challenges and struggles. I have realized that when we work with people na kasama mo sa vision mo, kasama mo sa mission mo, walang imposible, napakadami mong ma re reach na possibilities”, expressed Jimeno.

Nightingale is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and having certifications of ISO Integrated Management Systems such as ISO 9001:2015; ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

OUTREACHING BEYOND BUSINESS

The Nightingale Group stands for the vision not only to provide quality homecare services but to extend their hands to compatriots in related endeavours.

“We assist the Philippine Embassy in the medical repatriation of Filipinos na unfortunately nagkasakit dito and they need medical assistance going back to the Philippines”, quoted Redemptor adding that they are in partnership with other groups to provide psychological counselling for the distressed Filipinos sheltered at the Embassy.

The Nightingale Group have offered free reviews for several Filipino nurses in UAE who aspired to become registered/licensed nurse by taking the Special Professional Licensure exam (SPLE).

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Nightingale Group management & physicians

This year, it has noted passers in top 3 and top 4 in the SPLE, namely Lina Phodaca and Jude Sangco, respectively.

Aside from giving the reviews for free, reviewees also get assistance for data flow processing & application and a Fly now Pay Later scheme for applicants based in the Philippines.

Nightingale Group top management is composed of founders Rashid Ahmed Seddiq Al Mutawaa and Mansoor Abdulla Bakheet Almheiri, CEO Redemptor Jimeno and General Manager Gerard Mamuyac Jr.

The Nightingale Group is the parent company of Nightingale Home Health Care, Nightingale Nursing Training, Nightingale Management Consultancy, Golden Heart Home Health Care and Golden Heart Medical Services. Together, they deliver services that not only inspire but truly make a difference.

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Pinoys abroad inspired to put up small business back home

by Kabayan Laliebeth

ABU DHABI – Several Filipinos living in UAE have had an eye on seeing benefits from setting up small franchise businesses in the Philippines even while working abroad.

To further strengthen the influence, the 100-percent Filipino group established the BIG Heart International  where they can use as a hub for sharing ideas and helping other Filipinos climb the right ladder of business success.

On an interview with Melvin Jon Sandoval who leads BIG Heart said that he was already thinking of having a business while in college and realized that venturing in food or restaurant is one good idea, although he has never considered himself a cook.

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Melvin Jon Sandoval

“Nung college kasi ako madalas sa mga food stall o food carts ako kumakain. Doon ko nakita na kahit ano ihain mo sa mga Pinoy basta affordable at mabubusog ka talagang tatangkilikin. Kaya sabi ko nun kapag magnenegosyo ako na nasa linya ng pagkain. But the main problem is I can’t cook”, Ron exclaimed.

He searched the internet, read books, listen to business success stories to find out how to kick-start.

“Ang propose madalas ay franchise business kahit na yung mga success entrepreneurs/businessmen yun ang advice. Nag-risk ako sa franchise business kasi nakita ko na maeenjoy ko ung support system ng company and I saw myself building a business based-off a well-established model”, quoted Mr Sandoval who has owned a restaurant, TumBayan Food Haus in his hometown in the Philippines.

With the belief that integrating the franchise system with his existing restaurant would bloom, he innovated and combined main menu of the food cart franchise with other initiatives yet original delicacies from different suppliers.

The food cart franchise business has allowed me to modify the business system while keeping its standard and turned it into a dream restaurant. The food cart itself can be made into a mobile cart and add-ons to the default menu is possible”, he said adding that opening an outlet involves risks, but it is less risky than starting a business from scratch.

Franchise is a copy paste business tlga. Kung saan susundan mo nlng ito, kaya yung success rates ng negosyo na ito napaka-taas”.

One of its members, Roselyn de los Reyes believes that being away from family and working overseas is not a hindrance to pursue small business back home.

We educate our family to be an entrepreneur and not a one-day millionaire and to value hard work. By teaching and involving them in the business, we raise them in a way that they will understand what is saving and investing”, quoted Ms. Roselyn who have ran food carts managed by family members in her hometown.

Instead of sending them money from abroad, we send them business and not depend on the remittances. We teach our family how to fish to be able to feed themselves for a lifetime, not just for a day”, she quipped.

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Office blessing of BIG Heart International LLC, Salam St. Abu Dhabi

The BIG Heart has the mission to educate Filipinos both in the Philippines and abroad in terms of starting the right business with low capital cost, hold trainings and guiding members in their journey to business dreams.

 

SHRPA 2nd HR Summit optimizes talent acquisition strategies’ topics

by Kabayan Laliebeth

The annual Human Resource tradition made legendary by the Society of Human Resource Professionals and Associates (SHRPA) now on the 2nd year will focus on the latest trends and practices on recruitment with a theme “Staying Ahead of the Game: Optimizing Talent Acquisition Strategies”.

It will be held in a 5-star Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi on September 14, 2018 with an estimated more than 150 Filipino HR professionals to venture in the undertaking. International resource speakers who are experts in their respective fields of recruitment will deliver topics related to Talent Acquisition.

“SHRPA’s annual HR Summit aims to provide inspiration, education and connect Filipino HR Professionals and Associates in the United Arab Emirates”, quoted Jose Koska, SHRPA President also encouraging all Filipino HR Professionals as well as non HR Professionals to attend and widen their knowledge about the field and to expand their network with other Filipinos of the same field.

2As part of the annual HR Summit tradition, SHRPA will once again recognize the Top five finalists for the awards Exemplary Filipino HR Professionals in UAE.

The Society of Human Resource Professionals and Associates is a non-profit organization and an accredited member of the Bayanihan Council.

 

Pinoy mechanical engineers in Middle East gathered at Regional conference in Bahrain

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai – More than one hundred Filipino mechanical engineers from the different countries in the Gulf gathered at the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers 9th Middle East Regional Conference (PSME 9th MERC 2018) held last August 22-23, at The Gulf Hotel in Manama, Bahrain.

The 2-day conference themed “Advancing Global Excellence Thru Unity, Integrity and Professionalism” was hosted by the PSME CRSA (Riyadh) and PSME Yanbu & Rabigh Chapter and co-hosted by the PSME Bahrain Chapter.

The onset of the event was poured with lively speeches from PSME 9th MERC Chairman Julius Ceasar D. Dela Torre and inspiring messages from His Excellency Alfonso A. Ver, Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain.

Aside from product presentations by invited guests and experts, the congregation of Filipino mechanical engineers was highlighted with technical presentations that were geared for professional upliftment, updates in the field and knowledge sharing. The technical topics were intended to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for the delegates, which is to comply the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) requirement for renewing professional license.

PSME UAE Chapter Delegates (from left) Engr. Paolo Miguel Castor, Engr. John Sereño, Engr. Servando Relente, Engr. Jeffrey Valero and Engr. Jerry Alarde

PSME UAE Chapter Delegates (from left) Engr. Paolo Miguel Castor, Engr. John Sereño, Engr. Servando Relente, Engr. Jeffrey Valero and Engr. Jerry Alarde

The importance of the CPD, its updates and requirements in connection with the CPD Law 2016 was discussed by the current PSME National President Jaime Jajay E. Cruz, PME. Some relevant information and proper measures on how to earn CPD units effectively were elaborated.

Former PSME National President Leandro A. Conti, PME has highlighted significant views pertaining to the upgrade of mechanical engineers by pursuing to become Professional Mechanical Engineer (PME) & ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).

This year’s conference attended by most of 2018 PSME National Board of Directors (BOD) from the Philippines has given the leaders of PSME chapters in Middle East a chance to discuss and share their accomplishments and future projects.

The engineers then shifted to the PSME Night in the first evening of the event where they converged for dinner, acquaintance, awarding, games and other surprises. It was graced by Hon. Vicente M. Cabe, Labor Attaché of POLO-OWWA Bahrain who shared his message to the guests.

The huge gathering has shown a strong camaraderie and commitments by the members as they ascertain a great plan connecting the Middle East chapter member countries in a way of celebrating, collaborating and fulfilling a mission, organizers said.

The 2019 Middle East Regional Conference will be hosted by Jeddah Chapter and co-hosted by UAE Chapter which will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

 

 

Sight saving awareness month celebrated with various activities

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – In collaboration with the United Filipino Optometrists (UFO), the 1st Sight Saving Awareness Month launched by the Universal Hospital just recently at the hospital’s premise had featured events aiming to spread to the expatriates the knowledge about the importance of correct eye care and prevention of eye diseases.

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Participants and guests at the 1st Sight Saving Awareness Month celebration hosted by Universal Hospital

The morning’s undertakings gathered young artists at the “On the Spot Painting Contest” which criteria was based on relevance to the theme, creativity and coloring techniques and originality. Their artwork product depicted on an A2 canvass serve as material campaigns for the sight saving awareness.

The contest was judged by POLO Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario, Vice ConsulVon Ryan Pangwi, Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer Ocampo Casao, and artists Mr. John Paul Faderogao and Mr. Aler L. Auro.

A short program was held after the contest that has poured with several health awareness talks by doctors and health practitioners.

Hon. Rowena Pangilinan – Daquipil, chargé d’ affairs a.i. from the Philippine Embassy recognized the endeavour of the hospital and the UFO group for initiating the event and for supporting the Filipino community for any cause.

Health awareness talks were delivered by Dr. Sameena Anjum, Specialist- Ophthalmologist at Universal Hospital about the comprehensive eye screenings and related topics.

“Computer Vision Syndrome” was tackled by Dr. Marcelino Santiago P. Santiago Jr. –Optometrist and one of the officers of UFO- UAE.

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UFO – UAE President Dr. Sherwin Paul Reyes was overwhelmed with the success of the event manifested by a strong support from Filipino community and Philippine Embassy. He has shared his message of appreciation and gratitude during the awarding of winners and recognition of sponsors.

The event was coordinated by Mr. Wilbert Cantor as event program director from Universal Hospital.

 

Filipino electronics engineers in Middle East flock at 5th IECEP GCC Convention in Oman

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – The Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has once again hosted the annual IECEP GCC Convention now on its 5th year which was attended by 89 delegates from the eight member-chapters last August 17-18,2018 at the Crowne Plaza Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat Oman.

The convention, hosted by IECEP KSA-CRC  and IECEP – Oman, intends to gather all Filipino electronics engineers and practitioners in the Gulf region and upgrade their profession with the latest technology and best practices in the field of electronics engineering through technical sessions that will earn them Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units in compliance to the requirements of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Prior the event day, the representative delegation of the IECEP GCC chapters met and welcomed by the Philippine Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Narciso T. Castañeda who highlighted the efforts of the Philippine government to promote programs in support of the professional development of OFWs.

As quoted in the Embassy’s website, Castañeda has noted the significant role that Filipino professionals, such as electronics engineers, have played in the transformation of the countries in the GCC to developing economic powerhouses, and their invaluable contribution to the growth of the Philippine economy as well. He called on the electronics engineers to continue to showcase their technical proficiency in their own fields and the good traits as hardworking and dedicated OFWs.

This year’s convention was themed “Electronics Professionals: Advancing Global Capacity and Excellence in International Diverse Industries” that was graced by members of IECEP- Bahrain, IECEP-KSA-CRC, IECEP-KSA-ERC, IECEP-KSA-WRC, IECEP-Kuwait, IECEP-Oman, IECEP-Qatar, and the eight Filipino electronics engineers from IECEP-UAE.

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At the event, Hon. Arvic Arevalo, First Secretary and Consul from the Philippine Embassy Oman gave an inspirational and motivational message to the delegates on the first day.

Other guests from the Philippines were Dr. Alnar Detalla -Chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board of Electronics Engineering; Engr. Romulo Agatep – Country Registrar of the Philippine Technological Council and Engr. Gerhard Tan – Secretary General of IECEP National.

The two-day convention has highlighted twelve major topics presented by experienced electronics professionals and subject matter experts showcasing their technical proficiency in their respective fields.

Towards the conclusion of the sessions were open forum allowing the participants to air-out queries pertaining to the Engineering Registers being given a highlight by Engr. Agtarep. Likewse, Dr. Detalla accommodated questions from the participants related to updates and issues during the PRC BECE hour.

 

 

 

Newly-appointed PH Ambassador to the UAE arrived in Abu Dhabi

by Kabayan Laliebeth  

Abu Dhabi – Her Excellency Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana- the newly appointed Philippine Ambassador to the UAE has arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday, Aug 20 and has commenced her post on same day with a warm welcoming by the Philippine Embassy’s staff and some Filipino community leaders upon her arrival in the early morning.

A native of Lucena City and Mauban, Quintana’s nomination as ambassador was confirmed last February 21 this year by the Commission on Appointments.

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She has made her presence in Abu Dhabi with the huge Filipino delegation during the grand finale celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence on June 29 where she stood as the keynote speaker while she was still serving as the Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Middle East and African Affairs (OMEAA) and the Philippine’s Consul General in Oman.

Aside from her recently concluded posts prior to being the Ambassador, Quintana has been also posted in Beijing, Washington DC, and Dublin.

As for her educational background, she took up diplomatic studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, as a British Chevening scholar. She pursued a master’s degree in international public policy at John Hopkins University in Washington DC as a Fulbright scholar. She was a first-placer in the competitive Foreign Service Officers’ Examination in the Philippines.

Just very recently, last Thursday, August 16 she received the highest award from Quezon Province – the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan (Quezon Medal of Honor) which was announced by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday, August 18 as quoted by Rappler.

The DFA said the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan “is the highest award given to a native of Quezon who has exemplified the qualities and characteristics of former President Quezon”, as quoted by rappler.com.

Quintana said she is “honored to receive this award named after President Manuel L. Quezon. President Quezon made ‘social justice’ the cornerstone of his philosophy and his ‘open door policy’ made the Philippines a safe haven for Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s,” Quintana said adding that these are important and inspiring facets of history that make her proud to be a recipient of an award that bears the President’s name.

Filipino Community looks upon a new leadership, offers support

Meanwhile, Filipino community leaders in Abu Dhabi are excited to work with the new Ambassador believing that a unique kind of leadership will be shared and learned among each other.

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Hon. Quintana joined the Filipino community during the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Abu Dhabi last June 29, 2018

Allen Samonte who chairs the upcoming Bayanihan Leadership Summit this coming September 7, hopes to learn a leverage kind of leadership.

“Apart from the core principles of leaderships that will be laid at the summit and the end-result as product of the leadership skills development program for the participants and leaders, I believe that we will gain a unique leadership from Ambassador Quintana that will put us to a higher level”.

Mr. Samonte has mentioned that as part of the plan of the Leadership Summit to obtain a study of its impact, it will be Ambassador Quintana to channel and submit the result in a formal writing to the President of the Philippines through the Philippine Embassy.

“The result of the summit will be a form of commitment to support the new Ambassador in the implementation of each organization’s programs aligned to the standards of right leaderships,” Mr. Samonte added.

Bayanihan Council Chairman Engr. Elmer O. Casao is optimistic and even excited to coordinate and support the Ambassador in carrying out the programs of the government.

“I am very happy to have had the chance to talk to Ambassador Quintana on her first day of work as the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE. Based from our discussion, I can say that we are on the same page. She wants results. She has many plans and expects everyone’s support to make things happen”, told Engr. Casao.

“We [Bayanihan Council] assured her of the support that she needs from the Filipino Community and we are excited and very much looking forward to accomplishing more under our new Ambassador’s watch”, he added.

From the professional group, Engr. Bernie N. Favorito – Chairman of the Philippine Professional Organization (PPO UAE) has said, “We, from Professional Organizations are expecting the full support and guidance from the new Ambassador in conducting programs and events related to career enhancements and development. In return, we are looking up to her as an inspiration to explore the working standards of a true professional here in the Middle East”.

“We look forward to the strengthening of Technical Education and Skills Certification of Filipinos in the UAE. I hope the mutual recognition of technical qualifications between UAE and TESDA will be materialized very soon”, quoted Juan Paolo Arao, President of the Association of Filipino TESDA Trainers & Assessors and Founder of the first TESDA Assessment Center in UAE.

Meanwhile, one of the leaders of an active socio group OKO has suggested that scholarship programs be granted to overseas Filipinos.

“On behalf of OKO, we support the new Ambassador and will continue our advocacies which we have started. We wish that the Philippine government in collaboration with accredited professional organizations will allot budget for skills training and other short courses for deserving Filipinos in UAE ”, Ms. Emma Wenceslao Sentones told Kabayan Weekly.