‘All sleepless nights paid off’: FI scholar juggled work, school now certified caregiver

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Changing thousands of Filipino migrants’ lives for five years now, the Filipino Institute has recently held its first in-person graduation ceremonies since March. More than 100 students have joined the ceremonies from different batches and classes. 

One of the students who finished the Caregiver ladderized course is Roman Duenas. Hailing from the province of Batangas, Duenas, 32, has been living in the UAE for seven years now and had spent most of his time in the F&B sector. 

Currently, he is working as an administrative staff at a multi-national company based in the UAE with remote offices in other Middle Eastern and African countries. 

Duenas, despite having a full-time and demanding daywork, was able to finish studying Caregiver classes from 1.1 until 2.2 from the Filipino Institute and graduated with flying colors. “The path wasn’t easy but through the help of my family members and friends, I did it! All sleepless nights paid off,” he said. The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) received the ‘Most Outstanding Student’ award and ranked fifth in the class. 

A scholar of the training institute from the first module, Duenas, during his free time, runs errands for the employees and other trainers. 

“I am very grateful to the Filipino Institute–to Boss G and Mam Camille–I can’t achieve this milestone if it weren’t for them. Whenever I feel down especially during this pandemic period, I always think of my course to be my weapon to secure a greener pasture in Dubai or in any place,” he added. 

He also revealed that in the Philippines, he didn’t finish his college degree but fulfill his dream to finish studying in Dubai through the Filipino Institute. 

“The Filipino Institute has been an avenue for people whose dreams have been put on pause and wanted to pursue it abroad,” he further added. 

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