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.


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

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.


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.


PICE UAE marks 6th year, anniversary celebration a blast

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE-UAE Chapter) marks its 6 years as an accredited professional organization chapter holding Professional Regulations Commission PRC No. 007 and Internal Charter No. I-07, which anniversary celebration was a blast last Friday, August 3 in capital.

A half-day technical session was held in the morning at the Universal Hospital conference hall that has fed the members with relevant, applicable and valuable topics for sustainable learning.

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Topics such as Introduction to Sustainability, and Sustainable Project Management were tackled by subject matter experts Engr. John Denver D. Catapang and Engr. Robert Noel V. Peria, respectively.

The group then moved to an exceptional venue in the afternoon and turned to Funky mood & themed fellowship with a live band at the Cowboy Grill Sheraton Khalidiya.

Fun-filled night with overloads of video karaoke singing, entertainment & games and live band was a great gateway for the members to look forward in camaraderie, solidarity and professional networking.

The celebration was graced by Philippine Embassy dignitaries headed by Charge d’ Affairs a.i. Rowena Pangilinan- Daquipil who also joined the group in their night’s gimmicks and purpose.

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PICE- UAE was thankful for its supportive members, officers, directors, guests and benevolent sponsors for contributing to the success of the celebration.

“You played a vital role in this organization and we are inspired to innovate, create new ideas and push our limits to make the celebrations and activities educational, sustainable, unique, exciting and enjoyable”, as quoted in their Facebook page post.

The one-day undertaking was spearheaded by PICE UAE 1st Chapter Vice- President Engr. Alvin M. Ruiz.




More than 200 Filipinos awarded TESDA qualification National Certificates

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – Last week, the delegation of assessors of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from the Philippines headed by Deputy Director General for Partnerships & Linkages Hon. Rebecca J. Calzado came to Abu Dhabi to conduct the 2nd TESDA Onsite Assessment wherein 291 Filipinos in UAE ventured in the testings.

Of the number, a total of 238 or 82% were certified and awarded the TESDA qualification National Certificates or NC II for passing the multiple assessment methods which were intensively conducted by the TESDA team in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) coordinated by organizations Association of Filipino TESDA Trainers and Assessors (AFTTA) collaborated with the Filipino Learning Organization (FLO) led by presidents Juan Paolo Arao and Allen Samonte, respectively.

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Also, seven out of 9 Filipinos aspiring to become TESDA assessors have passed and were given Trainer’s Methodology 1 – COC2 TESDA Certification, one of the mandatory requirements to become an accredited TESDA competency assessor. The assessment of the assessors was done through multiple assessment methods in oral, written and actual demonstration of skills and were rated while demonstrating the competence in the presence of TESDA Expert panel.

The newly certified Assessors were Juan Paolo Arao, Valentin Samonte, Elizabeth de Leon, Armando Camacho, Cristina Santos, Mark Anthony de Vera, and Amalia Ancheta who holds their chosen field of competency, either in caregiving, events management or bookkeeping.

“We are bringing to Abu Dhabi or UAE the assessment and certification services of TESDA which include on-site testing/assessment. Kung meron kayong competencies or ibat-ibang qualifications such as massage, caregiving, trainer’s methodology – TM 1 or in electrical, we will assist and help you with obtaining the certification”, Hon. Calzado told Kabayan Laliebeth in an interview as she was inviting overseas Filipinos to be certified in their field of expertise so that when they go home to the Philippines, they have other financial source and can be part of the academe for TESDA.

TESDA) Deputy Director for Partnerships & Linkages Hon. Rebecca J. Calzado

TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships & Linkages Hon. Rebecca J. Calzado speaks at the grand launching of POWER and held the assessments at the venue.

“The reason why we are doing this is because eventually dito na manggagaling ang mga certified trainers and Assessors although TESDA would still bring delegation from the Philippines to do on-site assessments”, Hon. Calzada quoted with the belief that it is from the community itself that trainees can be scouted and can be certified to do assessments in partnership with TESDA.

“We would really like to see Filipino groups and owned training centers, to be certified and accredited full training & accreditation partner of TESDA. What’s challenging here is because TESDA is also a regulatory body that sets it standards and requirements for compliance”, concluded Calzado also informing the public that returning overseas Filipinos can avail of free TESDA training from their localities in the Philippines. This is one of the programs of TESDA under the leadership of Director General/Secretary Guiling Mamondiong.

The team of assessors have had an intensive preparation and installation of required facilities for the on-site assessment that ran for five days from July 26-30, 2018 at the Orient MCT & newly-launched Pinoy Overseas Worker’s Education & Reintegration (POWER) – the first and only Filipino-owned Technical Education School in UAE. First in history of TESDA’s assessment in UAE that it catered for Electrical Installation and Maintenance qualification NC II.

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The conduct of competency assessment is being governed by TESDA policy and procedures such as that TESDA representative will have to be present during the onsite assessment.

In a separate interview, POLO Labor Attache Atty. Ophelia Almenario was happy to note that this year’s result of assessment is high, and with the number of applicants reaching almost 300 implies that many Filipinos are already aware of the programs of TESDA carried in UAE.

“The On-site Assessment program which is conducted through the POLO in coordination with Filipino organizations will help OFWs attain their TESDA NC II certification as a measure of their competencies in their respective skill qualification. It will increase their employability and competitive advantage leading to better employment opportunities”, Atty. Almenario told Kabayan Weekly.

Atty. Almenario has cleared that TESDA has not put-up a training center of their own in UAE but Filipinos can obtain their technical skills & qualification training & studies from any TESDA accredited entities. Through the POLO, TESDA will send assessors as being requested and coordinated by these accredited training institutions.

Last year, the 1st on-site assessment was held in cooperation with TESDA Accredited Assessment Center, the Orient MCT, FLO and AFFTA that recorded more than 30 Filipinos who obtained TESDA’s National Certificates.

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DHL Express turned to annual tournaments

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai – Dominated by Filipino sports enthusiasts, the DHL Interdepartmental Basketball & Volleyball Tournament 2018 has formed a total of twenty teams of which 8 are for the basketball and 12 are for the volleyball that had opened its games last July 13, Friday at the Institute of Applied Technology School in Dubai.


The tournaments will run until September this year and is being powered by CMP Sports UAE in collaboration with the DHL management that has missioned to empower sports skills and build a spirit of unity among employees regardless of nationality.

A short program was held in the morning with the presence of top management of the company led by its Country manager Geoff Walsh.

In an interview, he said.

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DHL Express Country manager Geoff Walsh and CMP event director Chris Flores

‘’For me, when we talked about DHL we have such massive diversity. And in basketball is very Filipino-dominated which is great and it gets all the guys out. The thing we have in DHL is Work hard, play hard and everybody is here to win with the right spirit, so get quick result”, Mr. Walsh has also said that they have been doing this sports endeavour for many years now for their employees to bring their family together and bond with their colleagues.

The teams formed for basketball casted the Jebel Ali Avengers, Service Point Wizards, Abu Dhabi Kings, Customer Service Snipers, Road Express Warriors, Meydan Hotshots, Dubai Hub Aviators and Meydan Raiders.

The Volleyball teams were the AUH Kings, Avengers, On Site, Service Point, REX Warriors, Royals Finance, Jebel Ali, DAFZA, MERN, Meydan, DXB Hub and Sharjah.

DHL Volleyball teams.jpgRight after the opening parade, 4 games completed until the afternoon with day’s winners for basketball were the DXb Hub, Customer Service, Jebel Ali and Service Point with Best players Nicetas Anastacio & Ritchel Pama, Haytham Elnour, Mario Rivers and Rene De Guzman.



Beauty & Fresh Beauty Salon dedicated for ladies & gents

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai –  A Filipino-owned salon ”Beauty & Fresh” is born to serve and accommodate both ladies and gentlemen for their unique beauty pampering sessions, not only to Filipinos but is open to all walks of life.featured 2.jpg

It had officially opened its doors and professional services last month where featured 3.jpggrand opening ceremony was graced by Vice Consul Elizabeth Ramos from the Philippine Consulate Dubai who led the cutting of ribbon.

A real treat for family and couples can be considered as they can come together without hesitation in one salon, bond in one cosy room to experience beauty comforts and make-over.

“We have already soft-launched the business last November 2017 and for over 6 months we have learned our customer’s beauty desires and demands”, quoted Engr. Agnes Uminga, co-owner/business partner.

”We give quality services and offer affordable packages, especially for Filipinos. At Beauty & Fresh we strive for excellence and good value”, added Ms Agnes saying that although the salon is located in a hotel, their prices are low.

Engr. Uminga is a licensed Professional Electronics Engineer and married to a budding entrepreneur husband Engr. Lito. She is partnered with a Filipina who is also a business woman, and both were hands-on in salon and beauty skills for more than 10 years in UAE.

Beauty & Fresh Ladies and Gents Salon is located at the Mezzanine Floor of Royal Ascot Hotel in Bur Dubai.

featured 4.jpgFor your beauty needs and packages, please visit their Facebook page- Beauty and Fresh Salon or call for booking 

Tell # +97145088385 or Mobile # +971509869959 / 0504051994;



IECEP UAE holds technical seminars on Access Control systems and Dynamic Lighting

by Kabayan Laliebeth  

Abu Dhabi – The Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines – United Arab Emirates Chapter (IECEP UAE) held its 3rd Technical Seminar highlighting Access Control systems, the overview of Dynamic Lighting and topics on Organizational development for community leaders, which sessions were held on July 6, 2018 at Hotel Novotel Al Bustan in the capital.

Attended by more than 100 members of the organization composing the PECE, PEE, ECE, ECT, and Associate members, the technical seminar earned them 8 CPD (continuing professional development) units for the professional license requirements of Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

In the morning’s program, Philippine Embassy’s Chargé d ‘Affairs a.i. Rowena Pangilinan-Daquipil gave her keynote message and congratulated IECEP UAE for being world class professionals and home of achievers.

She thanked IECEP UAE for the continuous support and participation of the chapter to the Filipino community and Bayanihan Council, especially during the 2018 Philippine Independence Day Celebration.

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Engr. Jethrofel E. Ramboyong

At the same juncture, a recognition was given to the IECEP UAE founding president Engr. Jethroefel E. Ramboyong, PECE, ASEAN, ACPE for bringing home the 2018 Bagong Bayani Award (POEA and Bagong Bayani Foundation) and was chosen by PRC as the 2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Electronics Engineering.

Another recognition was given to the IECEP UAE candidate, Engr. Alyssa Jane M. Isana, ECE, for winning the 2nd Runner Up of the 2018 Mutya ng Kasarinlan.


Engr Alyssa Jane M. Isana of IECEP UAE is Mutya ng Kasarinlan 2018 2nd Runner-Up

On the technical topics, the “Access Control System – System Planning and Installation” was discussed by Engr. Christopher Q. Acob, ECE. Engr. Acob is Head of Business Unit in Atlas Dynamic with over 9 years’ experience in the security systems sector, had handled mega complex security systems projects in commercial, and government sectors in UAE.

The technical session on “Behind the Scenes of Dynamic Lighting: DMX/RDM Overview” was presented by Engr. Brando P. Valerio, PECE, a Projects Manager presently handling Facade Lighting Project of Blue Water Island in Dubai where the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world is being built.

An important topic geared to enhance organizational & leadership management was tackled by multi-awarded Human Resource professional, Ms. Sugar Espadera in the topic “Organizational Development for Community Leaders”.

She opened the scenario with M. Shawn Covey quote “An empowered organization is one in which individual have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”

She asked IECEP members the reasons for attending seminars and answers were aligned to the purpose to develop, enhance, upgrade professional skills, and learn from experienced engineers in the field of electronics and communications engineering.

The event was also graced by Engr. Elmer O. Casao (Bayanihan Council Chairman), Engr. Bernie Favorito (PPO UAE Chairman), Engr. Ronald Precilla (Bayanihan Vice President) and Arch. Rodel Ayala (UAP President) among other guests.

IECEP President Louie Maliksi expressed his gratitude to all the members, officers and volunteers who continue to support the organizations activities, share their knowledge, skills and resources to their Kabayans for the betterment of the Filipino Electronics Engineers in the UAE.

The IECEP UAE 3rd Technical Seminar was streamed “Live” on Facebook and can be watch on their FB page

IECEP members, guests and participants of the technical seminar

More than 200 Pinoy civil engineers to gather at General Assembly

By Kabayan Laliebeth

Abu Dhabi – More than 200 Filipino civil engineers in the United Arab Emirates who are members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers PICE-UAE will gather at the Mid-year Assembly themed “Filipino Civil Engineers commitment to building the future today” on June 22, Friday at Millennium Airport Hotel in Dubai.

The gathering will highlight three technical topics that earn the professionals with 4 hours CPD units and Oath taking of new members and officers will also be held.

“ Civil engineers are encouraged to participate in this kind of assembly to know more about what is happening in the organization, to meet fellow civil engineers in the UAE and to establish their own network professionally”, quoted PICE-UAE Chapter President Engr. Vinzor Yee Concepcion also saying that new trends in the engineering industry will be given at the assembly.

For further details and registration, please see poster below.



Filipino owned Ladies & Men salon in 1 opens in Dubai

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai – Filipino-owned salon Beauty & Fresh dedicated to serve both ladies and gents is officially opening its business today, June 8 not only for Filipino nationals but other expatriates.


“We have already soft-launched the business last November 2017 and for 6 months we have known and learned our customer’s demands”, quoted Engr. Agnes Uminga, co-owner/business partner.

”We give quality services and offer affordable packages, especially for Filipinos”, added Ms Agnes saying that although the salon is located in a hotel, their prices are low.

Experience the unique kind of beauty pampering at Beauty & Fresh Salon located at Royal Ascot Dubai.


Ambassador Vingno Jr bids farewell to Filipino community in Abu Dhabi

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.



Why civil engineers need the Transport Engineering? Here’s an interview with Engr Arostique

by Kabayan Laliebeth

Dubai– When Transportion Engineering was introduced to the members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – PICE UAE earlier this year, Filipino civil engineers residing in the UAE has realized     its demand and became interested in learning a wider scope of its science.

Not only that the field is very rare amongst the different specializations of civil engineering but its applicability and career profitability is high, according to the speaker.

The come back seminar on Transportation Engineering this Friday, May 25 in Dubai has big reasons to get it pursued.

66CDD2A9-E844-406B-B8D5-CFF4CCFB87AC.jpegHere’s an interview with Engr. Alain Arostique, the only Filipino civil Engineer who specialized transportion engineering in the Middle East.

Q: Why are you coming back to give the same seminar?

Engr. Arostique: Civil Engineering has a very huge scope and contains a very wide spectrum of sub-disciplines. As one of the very few Transportation Engineer, I really wanted to encourage Civil Engineers to explore Transportation which is currently dominated by Western-Educated engineers. I really wanted to share the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the last 10 years.

Q: What demand did you see on Transport Engineering for the Filipinos?

Engr. Arostique: The science behind Transportation Engineering is the same all over the world, few parameters may change but not the approach of solving a problem will be the same. By conducting this training, I really hope anyone of the attendee will be involved in solving the traffic in the Philippines. It will never be easy, but if equipped with the right skills, I believe it is still workable. Additional factor is Transportation Engineers are very well paid because of only few competitions since the required skills are rare.

Q: What are the highlights of the technical session and workahop that are of interest by the civil engineers?

Engr. Arostique: One of the highlights is introducing the sub-discipline in depth manner and learning the software & the science behind it. The training also highlighted how transportation can impact some of the major development and infrastructure being built in any country that most civil engineer are currently working on.