Pinay nurse shines in Dubai

Lonie T. Tambong, Company Nurse, Dubai World Trade Center

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Image Credit: Zarc Bautista/Kabayan Weekly

Being officially recognized as the Most Popular Personality in a company is no joke especially if that declaration comes directly from the mouthpiece of the management. More so, what is more satisfying is the fact that such recognition comes from a multi-billion company that is globally recognized as a trailblazer. 

Pinay nurse Lonie Tonel Tambong got this recognition in 2002 from the management of Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) where she has been working for the last 16 years as a Company Nurse and an Emergency Medical Staff. In 2001, she was presented with the Five Years Service Award and in 2007, she was conferred the Ten Years Service Award.

Lonie, 49, is a handful among 600,000 Pinoy health professionals in the United Arab Emirates who opted to stay in a company for a very long period of time. In the traditional setting, OFWs come and go and join other companies for more benefits and freedom. The UAE government allows a minimum two-year contract for each worker after which he can look for another job.

She is a member of American Nurses Association and Dubai Hotel Nurses Association. She’s also an OFW member of the Philippine Nurses Association. She passed the Philippine Nursing Board Licensure Examination in 1986 given by the Professional Regulation Commission in Manila. She then worked as Charge Nurse at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital from 1986 to 1988.

As a registered nurse in UAE, she holds two licenses – from the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Abu Dhabi, 1995 and from the Department of Health and Medical Services (DHMS) in Dubai, 1996.  Lonie has undergone no less than 39 training courses as reflected in her certificates and licenses. This is an amazing achievement, according to her friend Nicoleta Nicoli, as high as her modesty and warmth.

There are numerous instances that found Lonie being the shoulder to rely on when people around her had various health-related problems. “She never ceases to show her passion to serve people and contribute to the society, in a way that gives all of us the hope and courage to move on.”

In 2003, she passed the NCLEX RN Examination given by the California Board in Sacramento, California, USA. Notwithstanding her impressive credentials and despite offers outside of Middle East, she’s happy to have her second home in the desert of gold.

She first worked as a staff nurse at the Department of Health and Medical Services in Dubai from 1988 to 1994. In 1995, she joined the Mon Ecole French Nursery School in Dubai as a Nursery School Nurse for one year. She was also a Senior Staff Nurse at the Jumeirah Family Clinic in Dubai.

Lonie graduated Class Valedictorian at Cayangwan Elementary School in Makato, Aklan. She finished her secondary education at Bulwangan Barangay High School in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental in 1981 as Class Salutatorian. In 1985, she earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Saint Gabriel College in Kalibo, Aklan.

She was born in 1963 in Makato, Aklan to Rodrigo Tambong and Benedicta Tonel. Coming from a big family, her siblings are Roderick, Ellen T. Garcia, Mary Ann T. Rivalde, Imelda T. Cortes, Ruben and Robelen T. Tallon. Four of her six siblings work for the government in the Philippines, their mother having been a retired public school teacher.

She is happily married to Oriel T. Tamayo with a 6 year old daughter named Gabriel Lorie.

Lonie is an extremely kind person, a highly prepared professional nurse and a reliable person, a beautiful example of how a person can excel in everything. You wouldn’t expect by looking at her that she has been in the nursing profession for 26 years now.

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IMG_3984THE 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.

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