For her, UAE has been an avenue to fulfill her dreams and goals in life and even surpass what she admired with her life. Currently working as a business development consultant in a consulting firm that has been in the industry since 1988, Jenie Vi Batalla’s 15 years of total work experience overseas proved that one can achieve their dreams if one’s determined and has the ability to adapt easily.
Batalla’s current job allows her to deal with family marriage, divorce, business setup, payroll, and other services depending on the client’s requirements. It also provides her an opportunity to meet people and help them out with their needs.
“It has been my passion to assist each and everyone to achieve their goals, such as setting up their business in the UAE, the happiness of getting married to people they love, giving them peace of mind if things with their personal lives are not working out they want it to be,” she said.
She said that it was already his dream to land a job in Dubai and work with what her heart desires. Just like almost everyone, she has high dreams for herself and her family which triggered and became her inspiration to excel and leave them behind for greener pasture and better opportunities. In 2006, he started to work as one of the administrative assistants in one of the telecommunication companies in the emirate, and when it re-registered, she was hired by the liquidator of their company that saw her talent and potential to help the latter.
Extending a helping hand
Batalla’s purpose in Dubai is not only to flourish herself and her family. She also extends a helping hand to her fellow overseas Filipino worker. She once helped a family of a deceased undocumented Filipino in Dubai. She exerted efforts to fix and finalize everything so the remains were sent back to the family who has been waiting for his arrival.
For over 15 years in the UAE, she also helped some of her fellow Filipinos in the country who have overstayed and do not have any idea how to go back to the Philippines as they’re afraid to be slapped with jail terms and hefty fines.
The good samaritan is also actively helping her kabayans who want to visit Dubai and secure a stable job through her connections and assist them with their visa-related issues in order to make sure they get what they were promised.
“These are some of the out-of-work tasks which I believe help our kabayans, more so, helped me in reaching out with those kabayans whom I think worth the help. These have been my greatest achievements in my life while I am here in the UAE,” Batalla said.
Struggles made stronger
Despite facing countless problems while living in the UAE, she said it made her stronger.
“It made me realize my worth as a person and as a consultant,” she said.
The person who inspires her the most whenever she feels down is her own daughter, who she calls her ‘love, soul, and life.’
“Because of her, I was able to build my own farm business, live stocks, and a home capable to fit my whole family,” Batalla, who is now in the stage of constructing a resort in her province, added.
The consultant advised OFWs not to lose hope and just stay focus on their dreams and keep in mind the reason why they’re working overseas.
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