‘Setting up the Filipino Institute is not easy but it’s worth it’

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As the Filipino Institute turned five on November 20 this year, the CEO and vice president, Mrs. Camille Joy Franco-Rimando recalled when the training facility in Dubai was founded by her husband, Mr. Gabriel John Rimando, five years ago, with the goal to provide Filipinos the best education and leverage it to one’s professional and personal growth. 

“It has been a wonderful journey so far as we continue to expand our services each year, and share the continued success of our accredited institutions,” she said. 

For the past five years, the Filipino Institute has been accredited by training institutions, international schools, and online institutions. In their latest venture, the UAE-based educational institution has inked partnerships with organizations in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. 

Mrs. Camille also thanked the stellar trainer-volunteers for their dedication and hard work over the last five years. “Without their incredible dedication to the Filipino Institute, our expansion would not have been possible,” she added. 

When asked about the vital role of the institution in the lives of Filipinos overseas, she said that she is overwhelmed to express the impact that the Filipino Institute has had on thousands of Filipinos for the past couple of years. 

“In that span of time, we have nurtured over 100,000 students who have all gone on to mark on their expertise and additional skills acquired in the Filipino Institute. Some of our graduates have gone on to professionals in their own field. I know that their experience here in the Filipino Institute has impacted their lives in some way,” Mrs. Camille said. 

Since the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted almost everything across the globe, the virtual world has come to the rescue. The academe has shifted its base to virtual platforms to conduct classes online, thus, the Filipino Institute started to navigate to the new normal. 

“The virtual classroom technology enables our students to participate in everything that is taking place within the live classroom having effective communication through Zoom or Google Meet, and of course with the full support of the employees, we were able to manage the challenge,” she said. 

For her part, education is something that holds utmost importance in one’s life as it plays a vital role in shaping successful people. 

“It gives us the opportunity to become a productive member of a civilized society by acquiring all the necessary skills. We learn how to meet challenges and overcome obstacles. People learn basic norms, rules, regulations, and values of society through education,” Mrs. Camille said. 

High-quality education, just like what the Filipino Institute is offering, according to her, enables one to lead a successful life, enhance their intelligence, skills, knowledge, and bring positive changes in life. 


This story has been featured on the fourth issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at tgfmfi@gmail.com.

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