Considered as one of the dedicated employees of the Government of Dubai under the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS), Geoffrey Panganiban has proven that Filipinos have the power to make this world a better and safe place to live in.
And while regular duty eats most of his time, in his mind still lingers the thought of raising environmental concerns and serving on humanitarian missions – the very reason why he opted to be active in the affairs of the UAE Red Crescent. In fact, only two Filipinos including Geoffrey were listed in the volunteer pool of Red Crescent’s Dubai branch. He campaigns for other volunteers to join but they need to be strictly screened and should maintain the required number of hours.
Geoffrey spearheaded a project which has now become a traditional practice among Filipino nurse medics – a medical mission in POLO OWWA shelter in Dubai. “I encouraged and asked support from my fellow nurses to conduct several medical consultations, stress management activities and salo-salo, a Tagalog term for eating with distressed OFW.” At first, it was made during his first birthday celebration in Dubai and then, became almost a traditional birthday activity for other fellow nurse medic.
“I feel great every time I help someone. It’s overwhelming when your patients smile or relatives gave simple “thank you” and more if you hear “Kabayan, salamat ha! Wag mo ko pababayaan.”
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.