An Abu Dhabi-based Filipino engineer won two outstanding awards from prestigious entities in the Philippines as Engr. Jethroefel “Jet” Ramboyong was recognized and given the 2018 Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee from the Bagong Bayani Foundation Inc, (BBFI) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as well as the 2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Electronics Engineering from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in Manila.
When Ramboyong learned that he won the awards, he was in shock as he just submitted the requirements without any expectations. “I felt I was special and blessed. I was so happy but got so emotional deep inside. I cannot really express my emotion when I received the confirmation letter, I actually broke down in tears in front of my friends, it really happened,” said Ramboyong.
Ramboyong’s family and friends were happy and supportive about him receiving both awards, but it was his father who was touched the most. “My father got so emotional when he saw my name etched in the Bantayog ng mga Bagong Bayani (BBA Wall of Fame) in POEA,” shares Ramboyong. He also received congratulatory messages from his colleagues, former classmates, and other organizations.
20+ years of solid experience and excellence
After working for three years in a telecommuncations firm, Ramboyong decided to take advantage of a mass recruitment in the Philippines headed to the Middle East in 1998 where he was the youngest amongst more than 300 Filipino engineers and technicians hired by Etisalat. “Back then, I was first assigned in the area of repair and maintenance of pagers and mobiles in 1998. Etisalat gave me a lot of challenges back then but instead of becoming discouraged, I thought of these challenges as opportunities where I can learn,” said Ramboyong.
As years went by Ramboyong rose through the ranks and is now currently serving as Engineer level-3 where he administers major and core (new and expansion) projects of Etisalat’s Transmission modernization in Abu Dhabi region, including numerous Telecom projects in the restricted and key government On-shore and Off-shore infrastructures and sensitive Military sites to accommodate high quality experience and demand of costumers.
It was also during these years when Ramboyong continued to improve himself by earning more certifications – at present, he holds the certifications as Registered Electronics Engineer (ECE), Professional Electronics Engineer (PECE), ASEAN Engineer (ASEAN Eng), Filipino ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (FACPE) and ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).
Spearheading Filipino Organizations in the UAE
Through these years, Ramboyong fronted the creation of many Filipino-led organizations in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. He was the founding President and Charter Governor of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines United Arab Emirates Chapter (IECEP-UAE) in 2008. He also pioneered the IECEP Middle East Convention to introduce the Cross Border Practice, ASEAN Integration and Registration.
In 2009, he was one of the core founders of the Filipino Professional Group (FPG) now known as Philippine Professional Organization United Arab Emirates (PPO-UAE). It is the umbrella organization for all Filipino accredited professional organizations organizing the conduct of the government program – Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE).
Bringing the competence of OFWs in the forefront
With Ramboyong’s accomplishments, he recognizes his fellow Filipino engineers who have helped shaped the UAE to its present state. “Filipino Engineers without a doubt have proven themselves to be world class technical experts. My advice to my fellow Filipino Engineers is to continue to show how great Filipinos are technically. To be more competitive in the global market we need to develop soft skills (communication, management and leadership) – learning by doing as saying goes “Technical skills may get you the job but soft skills can get you to the top,” said Ramboyong.
He also wishes to express his gratitude to both the Bagong Bayani Foundation Inc. and to the PRC Awards team: “I am one of the millions of Overseas Filipinos working abroad with the goal of giving a better life to my family. Receiving such honor and recognition is beyond my dreams.”