The first and only Filipino entrusted to handle the highest position in a Saudi Arabia-based company in its entire 34 years of operation in the Middle East, Engr. Restituto S. Sibug managed to make a name for himself, his family, and the Filipino community.
The fourth child of a farming couple, he graduated from the Technological Institute of the Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
An absolute achiever in his field of profession, Sibug is a professional mechanical engineer, a registered ASEAN engineer, and a fellow of the Philippine Society of Engineers.
In 2011, he was awarded The Most Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (TOME) of the Year in the Field of Service to Community and the country during the 59th Annual National Convention. While working full-time, he finished his Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the Philippine Christian University through its campus in the Middle East.
Blessed with three children and married for over two decades now, his family was awarded Model OFW Family by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in 2019.
He worked in Manila and realized that he cannot achieve his dreams for his family with the salary he was getting. With that, he decided to apply for an overseas job. Half-heartedly, he accepted the contract as a cost engineer in Damman and left for Saudi Arabia in 2000. After finishing his employment contract, he transferred to Saudi Aramco as a project engineer.
From 2005 up to the present time, he works with the Saudi TKT Company Limited, a Saudi-German joint venture. He started as a senior mechanical engineer and because of perseverance and hard work, the company recognized him and appointed him as business development director in Riyadh.
For the last 20 years, he has been working overseas.
Success as an entrepreneur
In 2016, he founded and now serves as the president of Boracandaba Resort. “Nothing in life is handed over in a silver platter, so is our business success,” he said.
In 2001, he started investing in farm lots. They acquired a 6-hectare farm on Pampanga, then procured another 900-square metre in Sta. Ana. He and his wife continuously invest in farm lots and now have a total of 30 hectares of rice fields.
Opportunities came to them and they started acquiring properties. In 2013, they started the construction of their 20-unit residential apartment and another building with 20 units in 2014.
With all the businesses owned and managed by his family, they were able to generate employment in their community. He learned how life could be very difficult thus made sure to save and invest any time possible.
Outside of his work and businesses, Sibug also served various Filipino organizations and spearheaded outreach programs to help his fellow countrymen abroad and in the Philippines.
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