First Filipino Structural Engineer in Dubai returns the favor

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Engr. Orandantes (right) with wife and children

Asian pacesetter Engr. Orandantes Delizo, who is the Project Manager of Tebodin Middle East Ltd., is proud to have accumulated 35 years of engineering experience. 

Of this number, he spent 29 years in the United Arab Emirates.

On top of the many laurels that he wears, this 56-year-old Novo Ecijano is delighted to be considered as the first Filipino Structural Engineer officially recognized by Dubai Municipality in the year 1985. He’s the first Filipino Structural Engineer to be admitted as Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Structural Engineers in London, United Kingdom. He’s the first Filipino Invigilator for Chartered Part 3 Examination in Dubai.

The Dubai-based Bilfinger-Tebodin Middle East is an European multi-disciplinary consulting and engineering firm with oil and gas, infrastructures and other related structures as business pursuits.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1979 at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City. In 1981, he took graduate studies at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I am satisfied with my life for I believe that I am a fulfilled family person.  My greatest achievement in life is to have a loving wife and two accomplished children – a registered Doctor and an Architect who both finished their studies at the University of Sto. Tomas.”

His wife of 31 years, the former Teresita Antolin manages all their hard-earned investments. Their eldest, the 28-year-old Dr. Marie Grace A. Delizo, is presently connected with The Medical City in Philippines. Another daughter, the 22-year-old Architect Jeena Katherine A.  Delizo is presently employed with Khatib and Alami Ltd. In Sharjah.

As a former scholar of the Knights of Columbus Foundation and an AIT scholar sponsored by the Federal Government of Germany, he has returned the privilege by opening a Delizo Foundation sponsoring persons who cannot afford a college education.

Along with professional friends, he founded  the CADD for Kabayan,  a non-profit organization which  provides technical trainings to Overseas Filipino Workers in Dubai and Northern Emirates to make them qualified and compete with other nationalities in terms of technical knowledge.  It has served more than 7,000 Filipinos since 2002  in the fields of Autocad, Drafting, Revit, 3D Max, Sketchup and Microstation.

He also supports Malward Foundation, an organization that deals with Malnourished children. “It is my vision to help and share my attained knowledge.  Whenever I have helped somebody and he or she becomes successful in life, then, it inspires me to do more of these community projects.

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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is the author of Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in Middle East. Connect with him on Facebook.

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