THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 12 Filipino nurse in UAE is both a COVD-19 respondent...

Filipino nurse in UAE is both a COVD-19 respondent and an educator.


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By Nina Eloisa Leuterio

Being a professional nurse with almost 10 years of experience, Karl Vincent Ricamadas Baybay never ought to spend almost half of that experience in the UAE. When his wife decided to leave the Philippines and work in the UAE, he contemplated and considered it as well. 

“I have thought, why not? So I followed her here in the UAE, in the name of love,” Baybay professed. 

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In 2016, he went through with his plans and went to the UAE; in hopes of continuing his career as a nurse and for the purpose of being with his wife. When he arrived in the country, he dealt with the struggle of not having a HAAD license. 

When his license was still in its pending stage, he was faced with lots of worries due to issues with the data flow. One worry was not being able to sponsor her then-pregnant wife’s visa and the other was possibly not being able to work as a nurse. 

In this time around, Baybay felt that he was once again racing against time. But with the support of his wife and her assurance that things could be solved through prayer, things became well and good. Baybay got his license, his visa, his wife’s visa, and a new blessing: a healthy baby boy.

So far, through the almost five years that Baybay has spent in the UAE, he has lived it all as a nurse. His first job was as a nurse in a construction company, and the next one was in an oil and gas company in Abu Dhabi. Currently, he lives in Al Ain with his family and works as an assistant nurse manager. 

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He is proud to share that he is assigned to lead a team in a Covid-19 program that caters to home isolation and home quarantine services. “It is a fulfilling task because I get a chance to lead and help in the prevention and spread of Covid-19 here in UAE”, Baybay added. 

Aside from this fulfilling position, he also works as an educator for the Filipino Institute. For Baybay, teaching is an honorable job so he is delighted to be one. “It isn’t only about teaching, but it is also about becoming a student advocate. I am delighted when my students learn something from me and I will be more proud if they will succeed in whatever endeavors they will take”, Baybay said.

When asked about his future plans after Dubai, Baybay revealed that their family is planning to migrate to Ireland. But for now, Baybay considers Al Ain as his favorite place. He shares that this is because life is slow-paced there and is not as crowded and as busy as in Dubai, which makes it a good place to work and live for a family—an added notch is that the air feels fresh with all the greenery. 

This story has been featured on the 12th issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at

The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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