JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Lavella Onggo Dangaran, a Filipino based in this Middle Eastern country, can not believe she is now a licensed civil engineer.
“I am very excited, this is my first time to take the board exam and I passed it. Prayers, inspiration and preparation are the only thing I brought when I took the exam," she said, beaming.
The 36-year-old Iloilo native, who sought overseas employment immediately after graduating from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) in 1996, thanked the Philippine government for giving her a chance to take the licensure exams even when she’s abroad.
Dangaran was just one of the 48 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here who passed the board exams. They took their oaths last Friday before the officials of the Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Professional Organization (PPO)-Western Region Chapter at the Ramada Intercontinental Hotel.
Most of those who passed the exams were architects and engineers, according to the PPO.
Philippine Consulate Consul Leo Tito Ausan Jr. administered the ceremony. Like the passers, he thanked the Philippine government for bringing the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to Saudi Arabia.
PPO Western Region Chairman Engr. Romulo Bani highlighted the remarkable program undertaken by their organization in fulfilling the examinees long awaited vision to become full pledge professional architects and engineers.
Bani announced that there would be a regular board examination in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hongkong in accordance with the Executive Order no. 835, which was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last Oct. 2009.
EO 835 directs the Philippine Labor department through the PRC to conduct Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations for qualified (OFWs) in the Middle East and other Asian countries that have diplomatic relations with the Philippines.
Bani said the tentative schedule for the next examination will be on November 15 to 21. He said it would be the fifth Special Licensure Examination sponsored by the PPO- Western Region and the second under EO 835.
Registration for refresher course is now on-going and the schedule will start in the first week of May 2010.
Those who took their oaths last Friday are:
Jem Baraoidan Evangelista, Alberto Calisay del Rosario, Reno Gipega Gacosta, Benrajiv Jikilulla Kashim, Alfredo Martinez Lagrana Jr., Lolito Villalon Loveria Jr., Reymund Rotoni Marin, Antonio Soco Oppus, Mauro Encinares Palmares, Reynato Martinez Palomo, Federico Reyes Polintan, Rene Rongo Telmo, Marjune Ladjaalam Tingkahan;
Jojo Pasiculan Arubio, Salic Timbul Bautil, Heclair Zaballa Benito, Jefry Cayabyab Bie, Camilo Cristobal Bulusan Jr., Lavella Onggo Dangaran, Eugene Quiambao David, Ronald Baluyot dela Peña, Jessie Baniel Diaz, Joselito Amisola Elican, Kudarat Kalasuma Kamensa, Judy Rosal Malagday, Glicerio Villalor Manuel, Jesusito Cuanan Maquiling, Joey Santiago Marollano, Fernando Lorenzo Miranda Jr., Ferdinand Baldago Montallana, Jimmy Mestidio Nobleza, Renan Nucum Nool, Joel Lazaro Pozon , Marcelino Suaybaguio Rivero, Jhobe Talavera Soron, Armand Reyes Viterbo;
Joel Labastida Balinon, Roel Alfon Gomba Banawis, Elmer Mepieza Garciano, Alvin Catipon Labio, Jason Vergara Macasaet, Ramon Hortinela Magoliño Jr., Alfredo Rabuyo Munio, Danilo Cabuso Villanueva;
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Melvin Bigornia Aguillon, Noel Sabellano Mongado
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Marlou Nobellos Fructuoso
Professional Electrical Engineer
Yusoph Tuano Admain
This is a repost from GMA News.TV's Pinoy Abroad
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