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Frontline hero in Dubai thrives on helping others amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Health professionals across the world are receiving the lion’s share of public recognition for their life-saving role in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Just like any frontliners, UAE-based Red Cloud Decaleng Capuyan is also in the thick of the battle, still hopeful, whatever the cost. 

The Filipino nurse is serving under the COVID-19 Response Project, which he considers as the highlight of his career, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. 

“This COVID-19 pandemic has brought us into a new world that will forever affect humankind. We’ve witnessed stories of survival, triumph, and self-realization from those recovered patients, ordinary citizens, and brave frontliners,” he said. 

Getting to know more Capuyan: 

Tell us something about yourself. 

I am a proud Igorot from the Cordillera Administration Region. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Louis University (Light of the North) in Baguio City, the same university where I worked as a nurse educator. I started my OFW journey in 2015 wherein I was offered to work as a quality officer. Although I was a novice with the type of work, I grabbed the opportunity and started dissecting system issues and exploring obstacles inhibiting patient care. 

Just recently, I was able to finish my International Interprofessional Wound Care Course by the University of Toronto, Canada. 

Why did you choose to work abroad? 

My journey as an OFW is a story of my dream of having a better life for my family and to take on a new challenge, gain new experiences, and progress up my career ladder. 

What are the activities you’re involved which is out-of-work that benefit other people? 

I am the founding president of the Philippine Nurses Association in UAE (PNA-UAE). To be of service and a great influence on my kabayans especially to my fellow nurses is one professional empowerment.

In 2018, we’ve launched the ‘Ang Nars Ni Juan’ outreach and education program which served as a springboard in the conduct of free nursing and midwifery review among underboard Filipino nurses and midwives in UAE who are to take the yearly licensure examination. Our members also helped the distressed Filipinas housed at the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in Abu Dhabi by providing them health education, essentials, and a series of psycho-socialization activities. 

Similarly, the ‘Nars Ni Juan’ program was able to help the victims of Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines. Through other private firms, we were able to send 25 jumbo balikbayan boxes with essentials such as clothing and hygiene kits. We’ve also had a community outreach program in Iloilo and Davao. 

What do you enjoy about what you’re doing? 

Professional achievement goes beyond knowing we have the right knowledge, skills, and most importantly the right attitude. It is our individual search for a greater purpose, the acknowledgment of a job well done, and the commitment to do even better and going forward. It is the promise we are making to ourselves and to our patients that we care, and we always have them at the center of what we do. 

What do you like about working in the UAE? 

The best part of working and living in the UAE is the quality of life and the opportunities that come along. Tax-free salaries are no doubt the biggest incentive for all expatriates where most companies offer good packages. The UAE is a diverse country that is amazing and wonderful. 

What were the struggles you have faced before you reach this stage? 

The greatest achievement in my life is the ones that are most difficult to overcome. The challenges that require me to give it all and leave everything out there, but most people do not know that our frustrations and defeats in life are the stepping stones that lead us to success. One of my greatest achievements as a healthcare professional is mentoring as I mentor, I provide critical guidance to people’s path to success. 

What’s your advice to your kabayans who are currently struggling abroad? 

Know your purpose as an OFW and find meaning in your experience. The most important thing to do is to learn how to manage your finances by knowing your limitations and live within your means. 

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

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com. Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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