One of the reasons why Jesse Garcia Estrada enjoys working as a senior sales executive for an Italian freight forwarding company in Dubai is because of the opportunity of meeting new people and building relationships with them.
A graduate of AB Mass Communication, he embarked on his overseas career in 2005 wherein his first work was as an operation executive in a freight forwarding company. Despite being a communications graduate, Estrada’s previous works in the host country are related to logistics.
“It’s exciting and interesting at the same time because the nature of my job is to mingle and negotiate with all levels of people in an organization. I felt satisfied with my current job when clients recognize and appreciate what I am offering,” he said.
The overseas Filipino worker also worked as a purchasing and logistics manager in an international trading company. During his stint, he considered cutting their cost drastically that saved millions of dollars as one of the highlights of his overseas career.
Overcoming life’s hardships
Although he thinks Dubai is a perfect place for him and his family because of being the hub of logistics in the Middle East, Estrada has also a fair share of hardships.
“I had so many struggles in Dubai that I have been through,” he said.
Estrada recalled getting retrenched during the global recession in 2008. As his company struggled, his salaries and gratuities were withheld. His eldest son had to stop studying in a private school and shifted to homeschooling.
“My family learned how to eat chicken gizzard in a week. My son, my wife, and I had to sleep on a double-deck,” he further recalled.
“By his mercy, He sent people to help us overcome our difficulties in life,” he said referring to their pastor, churchmates, and some of their friends.
‘Share Your Blessings’
In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, while almost everyone in the UAE was being retrenched or experiencing salary cuts, Estrada was too busy creating a Facebook group which aims to help needy expatriates.
The platform is for ‘willing and able’ Filipinos who can provide help to the needy Filipinos. The small group which has members with big hearts connects the ‘giver and the receiver’.
The group has already helped mothers to feed their babies and jobless with groceries.
“To all our kabayans who are struggling right now, please don’t lose hope,” he said.
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