Wilson A. Ligue
At the start, all he wanted was to secure a suitable position in an organization where proven skills and experience could be productive.
Wilson A. Ligue, a highly self-motivated licensed X-Ray technician and radiographer, never knew that by responding to challenges with energy and enthusiasm, opportunities would came his way.
When he moved to Dubai in 2003, he was enthusiastic and was very willing to work overtime, willing to be relocated and work on shifts. UniCare Medical Center admitted him as Filing Clerk. He was promoted to receptionist and then as radiographer. Lately, he was named as Marketing Coordinator for the center’s Mankhool branch.
He has never transferred to any company since coming to Dubai. “I have firm belief that if we love our work, in return we will be loved by those we serve.” For his commitment and dedication of ten years, UniCare presented him with Loyalty Award at ceremonies recently held Crowne Plaza Hotel.
He said that for anyone, diagnostic radiography is just an ordinary thing for they deal only with the examination of internal organ, bones, cavities and foreign object including cardiovascular imaging and interventional radiography of upper and lower extremities. But he stressed that as health care professional in UniCare, radiologists play crucial role in the life of a person.
“I am satisfied with what’s going on with my career. To be a simple person is the most important thing to me, to be contented and grateful for the fruit of labor and with what God has given us,” he said.
Who wouldn’t be grateful with Unicare? Because of this company, Wilson with the guidance of his loving wife, was able to send all her three children to school. All of them are now registered nurses.
For a father like him, there’s no other fulfillment than seeing his children getting a good job. His eldest, Neil, is now employed by Regina General Hospital in Canada while his second daughter, Jennifer Leslie is now connected with Welcare Hospital. The youngest, Ivy Celica is working at the Philippine General Hospital.
Education for him is the best foundation. He graduated from the Family Clinic College in Manila in 1980 for his Diploma in Radiologic Technology. He passed the X-Ray Technician examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission. He’s also a licensed radiographer as certified by the Department of Health Medical Services.
From 1981 to 1982, he worked with the Major F.E. Marcos Veterans Regional Hospital in Bayombong, Nueva, Visacaya. During this time, he attended trainings at the National Orthopedic Hospital and at the Lung Center of the Philippines both in Manila.
In search of greener pastures, he went abroad in June of 1982. His feet brought him to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was employed at the Assir Central Hospital, a government health facility under the Ministry of Health in Abha, Assir Region. After 12 years in Saudi, he went home in 1999 and worked as X-Ray Technician at the R.T. Cortez Diagnostic Clinic in Aparri, Cagayan until 2003.
While secure with his job now at UniCare, Wilson, now 54 years old, said Filipinos should continue to learn, innovate and be updated with modern technologies. He himself is tireless when it comes to attending workshops given by the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Health Authority.
He is no different from other OFWs who work very hard and save.“We should be careful with the hard earned money in our pocket. We should know how to make budget so that we dream will be in our hands.”
He’s proud to have fulfilled his dreams. And it’s time for him to give back. Among many humanitarian pursuits he is involved with, Wilson organized a medical mission in 2010 in his hometown of Aritao, Nueva Viscaya. “I feel blessed whenever and wherever I extend a helping hand.”
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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.