Life was so hard for this 63-year-old Filipino hero. “I am a product of an illicit relationship that motivated me to excel in my life. We have no children as my wife have an inverted uterus. My spouse is a Registered Nurse.”
Yet, he was able to make it big in Qatar. He pioneered the conduct of the medical-dental mission for Filipinos in Qatar since 2006 up to now. He is the first President of the Philippine Nurses Association in Qatar elected in 2008 and Overall Chairman Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Qatar in 2010.
In 2011, his efforts were recognized by POEA when it bestowed upon him the Bagong Bayani awardee for Community and Social Service. A year after, his hometown named him as an Outstanding Dumangasanon for Community Service. The numerous awards even encouraged him to seek for more responsibilities. He is the first elected Secretary of the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar in 2013 and the second elected Chairman of the United Filipino Organizations, the umbrella organization of 165 accredited Filipino organizations of the Philippine Embassy in Qatar in 2014.
As Specialist of the Regulatory, Accreditation and Compliance Services Department of Hamad Medical Corporation, he’s responsible for providing expertise in the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation standards, laws and regulations, among others.
“My world revolves around the JCI Hospital standards that need to be followed in order to achieve safety and ensure continuous provision of quality care for all patients. On a daily basis I make rounds to my assigned facility/hospital seeing to it that all employees are compliant to the Joint Commission International Hospital Standards.
Frank pioneered the conduct of Medical-Dental mission in the State of Qatar since the year 2006 up to the present which includes the Embassy on Wheels bringing to the remote communities the services like renewal of passports, Overseas Absentee Voting registration, SSS, PAG-IBIG, POLO-OWWA and the Assistance to Nationals Unit.
“We are working for the improved services to the OFW’s of the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar. As Chairman, we will be launching the OFW Handbook: Guidelines for the Overseas Filipino Workers in Qatar. This is to inform and educate our OFW’s on their rights as well as obligations as workers in the State of Qatar. We also have partnered with the National Human Rights Committee here in Qatar in having a Pinoy Help Desk manned by Filipino leaders as volunteers. This will assist those who have work and labor problems with their employers making advises on how to go about it and find solution.”
Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1973) and Master in Business Administration (2014) from Philippine Christian University. It’s been more than 40 years that he’s practicing his nursing profession. “Nursing became an opportunity for me to help change the world, one patient encounter at a time. I love what I do and who I am. There is a need for someone to lend a caring hand. Nursing make a difference in someone’s life.”
His first work abroad was being a Staff Nurse of Riyadh National Hospital in Saudi Arabia in January 1981.Credited to him is a total of 27 long years that he has worked abroad.
“Being away from your family, one must have a regular communication with them to overcome the homesickness. We have to regularly take care of our personal health by eating right and doing exercise. We should live within our means by not spending more than what we earn. Lastly we need to save, save and save money regularly.
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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.