THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 21 Young ASEAN, APEC engineer conquers Saudi Arabia

Young ASEAN, APEC engineer conquers Saudi Arabia


Keep going. This is the mantra of Engr. Rodel Buena Docot in life. The 34-year-old engineer was born to a farming couple in Bato, a town in Camarines Sur. 

With seven siblings, he obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic State University of Bicol in 2009. He began his career as a project-in-charge for constructing a mall in the Philippines. From there, he worked with major construction companies in the Philippines. 

In 2015, Engr. Rodel ventured to Saudi Arabia to work as a project cost control engineer in project management and construction. Since then, he has been working as a project cost control engineer and concurrent as project structural inspector under the engineering department of the Technical Design Section in King Fahd Military Medical Complex in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most modern medical institutions among the Armed Forces Medical Service Hospitals in the region. 

He considers the construction of hospital buildings and their facilities as his significant achievement because “it is far more different compared to building construction such as med-rise & high rise building projects” which he is familiar with, not to mention the appurtenances, medical equipment’s, specifications and the applicable standards.

The dynamic Filipino leader has more than 10 years of experience guiding and motivating cross-functional teams in civil, structural, architectural design-specific areas. 

He is a highly creative individual with strong technical expertise and a proven track record of identifying and implementing process improvements to deliver committed projects within the timeframe. Thus, three years of challenging works as an overall project-in-charge for construction (from civil to finishing works) plus seven years of intense and exciting experience in structural design and construction.

“Earning for a living together with the career achievement is actually two difficult activities to be doing at the same time. While supporting my family’s financial needs, I aim to continue studying through undergraduate studies, but these do not work out unluckily. But for me, it is not the end with another opportunity comes I instantly grab it like registering in ASEAN and APEC registry,” Engr. Rodel, a registered civil, ASEAN, APEC, and master plumber, said. 

He is also considered one of the youngest registered ASEAN and APEC engineers in his alma mater. 

He was elected thrice as one of the Board of Directors in the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. He was named Chairman of Publication and Information in 2020 and 2021, Honors and Awards in 2018. He holds membership in the Federation of Professional and Expatriates-Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines (FPEX-ACCPI), Philippine Institute of Quantity Surveyor (PICQS), and National Master Plumber Association of the Philippines, Saudi Arabia (NAMPAP-SA).

“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits. According to Lewis Howes, it is the positive habits that make me and everyone a champion in their endeavor,” he said. 

Engr. Rodel’s advice to his fellow Filipinos abroad is to value their hard-earned money and spend it wisely while keeping some of it, then start a business as soon as possible ‘so that you will not spend the rest of your life working away from your family.’ 

“Don’t watch the clock: do what it does. Keep going. What makes me stay in the financial stability that I can get to finance my property like housing loans and other family expenses. Here abroad, I fulfill my dreams and live a comfortable life and travel with my family from time to time and enjoy,” he said. 

This story has been featured in the 21st 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 to us at

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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