Ransam Serono Pirote, a Filipino hero who traces his roots from the sugar producing city of Passi, wears many caps.
Ramsam, now 59 years of age, holds the distinction as the first Bagong Bayani Awardee from Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia who was awarded in 2002.
He’s the only Filipino holding a supervisory post in the Training Department of the multi-billion firm Saudi Aramco which is now consist of more than 900 trainers, instructors and teachers of different nationalities. He is the only Filipino appointed to become Chairman of Industrial Training Department Learning Council of Saudi Aramco for five successive years.
He’s the only Filipino Community Leader in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia who had been elected chairman of four different organizations such as the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers, Saudi Arabia Hiligaynon Incorporated, All Filipino Community and Sports Commission, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers Saudi Arabia and Friends Toastmasters Club. These organizations represent various sectors – profession, civic, community and communication/leadership.
He started as a skilled worker 25 years ago. Today, he takes with much courage his present post, which according to him, is stressful but challenging and rewarding. “
First in the barrio
He was born in 1956 in Passi town where he took his early education in Bitaogan Elementary School and his secondary diploma at Passi National High School. His family was a great motivating factor for him to courageously aim for high.
In 1977, he earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Western Institute of Technology.
His late father Ruperto Pirote was a farmer while his mom Rosita Serono was a housewife. His siblings are Gina Pirote Justo, Nitcher Pirote and Ruth Pirote Alba. Coming from a poor community, he had a vision of the future. “Being a Mechanical Engineer gives me a wide employment opportunity and a top compensation when it comes to salary. To succeed, I was always longing for technical expertise. I should have dedication and skills in good presentation and communication. I did have patience and perseverance.”
He got marriage in 1979. His children are, as follows: Misphanovem Pirote Montemar, 36, is a BS Computer Science graduate of Central Philippine University who now owns Pirote Copy Center in Iloilo City; Daisy A. Pirote, 34, a BS Pharmacy graduate of the University of San Agustin who is now a Pharmacist in Saad Specialist Hospital in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia; Edran A. Pirote, 33, helps manage the family business; and, Glen A. Pirote, 32, is a BS Physical Therapy of Iloilo Doctors College and now erves as Senior Phsysical Therapist at King Fahad Military Medical Complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
“I am still here in Saudi Arabia. I am still a supervisor but have reached the highest position a Filipino could ever imagine in this company. I strongly feel that I could do more while I am still alive. My greatest achievements in life are serving Filipino Overseas Contract Workers for the last 20 years.”
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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.