The FilCom Al Ain Organization is the first ever non-profit organization formed in Al Ain region whose members voluntarily provide community services and support all the Philippine Government advocacies and services in the UAE.
FilCom stands for the Filipino Community. It is composed of leaders from the different organization and fields and currently affiliated and authorized by the Philippine Embassy. It was founded by Prof. Nelson M. Nico, Rex Virtucio, Jack Bautista and Zandro Chua. Nico is its first and current chairman.
It has a mission to provide and serve the Filipino Community in Al Ain and to be part in the implementation of extended governmental services, plans, programs and future activities of the Philippine Embassy and its Consular offices. It aims to be recognized officially as the central authorized contact point for exchange of information with our government offices and to other organizations in the region.
Nico stressed that the FilCom’s staffs are all volunteers armed with a noble purpose of bringing the services of the Philippine Consular /POLO-OWWA in the isolated places of this region.
But FilCom is not only providing assistance to government agencies in implementing their mandates. It also works hand in hand with other companies in Al Ain to provide discounted products and services to be extended to all its 2,500 registered members and the membership number is increasing daily. Nico’s group also provides livelihood projects, trainings, seminars, financial literacy programs and sport activities. “We are also helping other Filipinos to find jobs through our contacts and affiliated companies.”
He confirmed that they are working on the Medical Health Services schedules and the Embassy on Wheels project of the Philippine Embassy to be held in this region.
FilCom is very transparent. “We don’t solicit any amount or cash sponsorships from any organizations neither arranging for any fund raising. We are only requesting a membership payment of 25 AED for those who are interested to join in exchange of some membership benefits in the forms of discounted prices from different retail outlets in Al Ain Mall, cargo services, money exchanges, restaurants, hotels and others.”
Some of the savings from collected membership fees are allocated to help the less fortunate wards in the embassy and hospital patients in Al Ain. “Meetings are conducted at least once a month to report with the Executive Officers the past activities especially on matters of financial updates. All transactions are well-documented and audited by our external Auditor.”
In its infancy period, FilCom was the first organization to respond to government calls and raised a campaign drive supporting the Yolanda typhoon victims. It was able to raise 68 big LBC boxes of goods and items and huge amount of cash as documented and acknowledged by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. This event which was held in Al Ain Mall was supported by Filipinos last November 2013.
Its greatest achievement is extending the services of the Philippine Embassy to remote areas like Al Ain, and finding ways of helping Filipinos in different ways and means in this region. The Consular Services – Priority Numbering for Al Ain Residents tops the list as it has become a big help to Filipinos.
“As of now, FilCom is at the peak point of recognition but for me as a founder and chairman, my greatest achievement is bringing back the Filipino culture, trust and confidence to the government and my passion of being in service to God and to our fellow kababayan.”
For Nico, who has been recognized for his idea, dedicated works and leadership, is delighted to have served Filipinos. “Our mission of providing free services to the Filipino community without expecting anything in return is self-fulfilling.
THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, speechwriter and publicist 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.