Bicolono Engineer Jethroefel Esposo Ramboyong is the first Filipino in the United Arab Emirates to pass the ASEAN Engineer Registry as approved by the Philippine Technological Council under the ASEAN Federation Engineers Association.
Jeth, as he is affectionately known, struggled very hard. He started as Technician in Etisalat. He spent 17 years working abroad already.
Now, he is being looked up to in Middle East as a towering figure and advocate of professionalism in the work places. At 42 years old, it can be said that he has achieved much for the Filipino community. He served as President of Pag-Iribang Bikolnon sa Abu Dhabi. He founded the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP UAE Chapter) and nurtured its growth having served as President. He was Chairman of the Filipino Professional Group and President of Achievers Toastmasters Club. As Chairman of IECEP International Chapter, he leads all foreign chapters in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Kuwait.
Jef’s father worked for the military. He was born on August 9, 1973 in Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga. He took his secondary education from the University of Northeastern Philippines in Iriga City, Camarines Sur where he graduated Class Valedictorian with a G.A. 92%. He was an awardee in the nationwide search for Most Disciplined Boy Scout of the Philippines in 1989. In 1995, he finished his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the Central Colleges of the Philippines.
After his graduation, he worked with SMART Communications as Junior Engineer and Team Leader. “Local competition, experience and exposure pushed me to try my luck and explore working outside the Philippines. I thought that, if I will be exposed and gain experience in the international setting, I can come back to Philippines competitively. I was the youngest among 300 Technicians and Engineers during the mass hiring in Manila for Etisalat in 1998.”
Looking back, Jeth said he’s proud to be a Filipino worker in the Gulf region. “Filipinos are known to be industrious, skilled, talented, working more what is expected and working with heart. That is how I work, giving my best and showing my world class expertise and professionalism.”
A man who has been rewarded with various accolades, Jeth has been involved in many organizations. He is one of the founders of the Filipino Professional Group (FPG)/Philippine Professional Organizations (PPO) in United Arab Emirates which operate under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy.
At the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IECEP) of which he is a member since 1997, he was recipient of a national award as 2012 Most Outstanding Electronics Engineer in the field of communications. He was recipient of 2009 and 2010 IECEP National President’s Recognition Awards. “In 2008, I founded the Filipino Electronics and Communication Engineers Association which eventually became the IECEP UAE Chapter which was awarded as IECEP Most Outstanding Chapter in 2009, Best Foreign Chapter in 2011-2012.”
He spearheaded the initiative of establishing the IECEP Qatar and Bahrain chapters through campaign via internet. Both foreign chapters were recognized by the national office. He now serves as adviser of Bahrain, Qatar and UAE IECEP chapters. “We continue to provide opportunity to all ECEs in UAE to build their own gamut of excellence and be the vehicle to apply the principles of their profession for the advancement of the country and humanity.”●
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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. He has released two books – Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold (2014) and Filipino Heroes in the Gulf (2016). Connect with him on facebook.