For the past 14 years, Lito Rayman Navarro has been working overseas. Despite the many challenges he was facing, he did not stop showing his best and prove that Filipinos are naturally hardworking and trustworthy.
Navarro is currently a production supervisor for a largescale professional small screw manufacturer in Vietnam where his company in Taiwan assigned him for two years now. For 12 years, he worked and lived in Taiwan and excelled gradually in his work. His employer, according to him, observed, through him, how Filipinos work.
As he stood out in his workplace and performed excellently, without his knowledge, he was the first Filipino recipient of the outstanding overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Taiwan in 2014. Since then, Navarro has received the following awards: 2016 Bagong Bayani Awardee by the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) and Malacanan Philippines; 2016 Huwang OFW Awardee by 700 Club Asia; 2015 Huwarang Mamamayan Awardee; 2014 Outstanding Skilled Worker of Zambales, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awardee Class of 1988.
The award-winning OFW is also the founder of the Inaro Kababali/IYO Inc, a licensed non-government organization, which aims to support less fortunate individuals in their town in Iba, Zambales. The organization has over 3,000 members worldwide.
Spearheading the group, Navarro, along with the key players in the team, distribute scholarships, done relief operations, sports activities for the youths, livelihood programs, school supplies distribution, coastal cleanup, gift-giving, among others.
“I prefer to work abroad for the following reasons: high pay, advanced technology that helped me elevate my ability and knowledge. And as years went by, it gave me the opportunity to work on a higher level of position with higher pay,” he said.
Prior to starting on an OFW life, he used to work as a contractual employee in the local government unit. “My salary then was not enough to feed my family, hence, I tried to apply abroad and was fortunate to be hired,” he added.
At first, he found working abroad difficult because of the language barrier. “Communication was one of the problems, however, as time flies, I was able to adapt to the environment. My love for my job earned the respect of my colleague and bosses. The motivation that was given to me by my employer, the little things–being told ‘excellent and good job’ drives me more to work with pride and quality result,” he added.
Navarro added his purpose to work abroad is not about earning money but showing globally that Filipinos are worth hiring for a job. “Filipinos work with compassion, dedication, sincerity, and most of all, trustworthy,” he said.
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