Engineer in Saudi on a mission to uplift the image of Filipinos in the desert

Bagong Bayani Awards

Jeffrey (4th from left) receives the Bagong Bayani award

Asian executive Jeffrey Fuentebella Singson came to Saudi Arabia to work as a Service Engineer in one of the car dealers there. This year, he’s on his 10th year overseas. 

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Jeffrey Singson

In so short span of time, the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) has showered him with numerous awards such as the Best Technical Presenter Award, The Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (TOME), The Outstanding Committee Chairman-International and Distinctive Award. He was named as Bagong Bayani for Community and Social Service in 2014 by the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc.

Jeffrey, 33, a proud son of Mindanao, is board certified as Professional Mechanical Engineer (2009), Registered Mechanical Engineer (2003, Government Licensure Examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission, Manila). He was certified as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, December 2011, Motorola University, MU Asia, Singapore

He first came to Middle East in 2005. He worked as Service Engineer of Universal Motors Agencies – GM in Doha District, Dharan from 2005 to 2007 then he was named After-sales Service Advisor for Saudi’s Eastern Region for one year from July 2007 to July 2008.

From 2009 to 2010, he was Director Field Service Engineer (DFSE) – Factory Counterpart. In 2010, he was named Service Development and Training Manager for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of Aramco.

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He was born on November 7, 1981   in Isabela City, Basilan to spouses Severiano Jamandron Singson Jr. and Elda Machado Fuentebella. He has three siblings, namely: Jeemay F. Singson, a businesswoman; Junelle F. Singson, a registered nurse; and, Jessette F. Singson, a student. In 2004, he got married to Maria Shara L. Angeles, a registered nurse. “She worked here for some time. She was also one of the leaders of their professional organization. She’s in Philippines now managing our business. We have three daughters – Angelique Marie, 9; Yara Yzabelle, 7; and, Fadhillah, 3.”

Family Photo

Jeffrey with family

Jef is a product of public school system in war-torn province of Isabela having graduated from Isabela East Central Elementary School (1994) and Basilan National High School (1998). He took his degree in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City in 2003.

While overseas, he pursued further studies through the Middle East Graduate Program of Philippine Christian University Middle East Campus. In 2011, he finished his Master of Business Administration. He’s currently taking his PhD in Business Management.

Value of service

Jef never dreamt to become a hero. His ordinary life made a complete turn-around when he started serving in Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers – Saudi Arabia (PSME-SA).

PSME-SA 24th Anniversary

Today, he’s on top of the many organizations. He is Chapter President, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers-Saudi Arabia Chapter; Life Member, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers, Inc.; Governor, Philippine Council of Engineers and Architects (PCEA) – Eastern Region; Secretary, All Filipino Community and Sports Commission (AFCSCOM); Sergeant at Arms and Charter Member, Gulf Alliance Toastmasters Club; President, PCU Graduate School Alumni Associations – Middle East; Council Member and Chairman of Publication Committee, Philippine Professional Organizations-Saudi Arabia (PPO-SA); and Board Director, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers-Zambasulta Chapter.

PSME-SA Membership Meeting

Jef is still young at 33 and he looks forward to managing his own company. “This is what I want to achieve career-wise.”– Migrant Pen

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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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