10 Filipinos in UAE to get scholarship grant from Pinas Cargo

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At the Pinas Cargo scholarship awarding ceremony on May 25, 2024. EXPAT MEDIA

A total of 10 Filipinos in the UAE will be getting a scholarship grant from Pinas Cargo as part of its 10th year anniversary, the company’s CEO said.

“I am the product of a full scholarship from high school to college. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to school but a lot of people helped me to finish my education. This is a way of giving back,” Pinas Cargo CEO Marlyn Castro told Expat Media.

Castro said this is the UAE expansion of their scholarship programme that started in the Philippines. “We currently have 15 scholars in the Philippines, and two have graduated in teaching and engineering. This year, another scholar is graduating in architecture. We’re just sharing the [blessing],” she said.

Rumelyn Durado Aribon, Pinas Cargo’s head of marketing, said the Dubai-based logistics company will pay the tuition of 10 UAE-based Filipinos who will enroll in technical training courses at Power Technical Training Institute. “We are looking to increase the number of scholars eventually,” Aribon told Expat Media.

In an intimate ceremony at Chinese Star Restaurant at Al Ghurair Centre on Saturday (May 25), Pinas Cargo awarded its scholarship grant to its first two recipients: Jestoni Nolasco and Daisy Santok.

Nolasco, a 31-year-old office boy in Dubai, told Expat Media he is excited to take a short course in massage therapy. “Some of my friends do this for a living, so this would be a second source of income for me since I am my family’s breadwinner,” Nolasco told Expat Media.

Santok said she is determined to learn welding to expand her career prospects. “It looks like a man’s job, but apparently women welders are also in demand abroad,” she told Expat Media. The 37-year-old household service worker said some of her family members in the Philippines are welders, so she is no stranger to the job.

Meanwhile, Imelda Hermosisima, Academic Director of Power Technical Training Centre in Dubai, praised the scholarship program in partnership with Pinas Cargo.

“We have a lot of overseas Filipinos here who want to enhance their skills and knowledge to elevate their career, so these technical courses are important to them,” Hermosisima told Expat Media. The Dubai-based training centre offers training in dress making, events management, housekeeping and computer literacy courses, as well as caregiving and electrical maintenance courses that are accredited by the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). ICA/Expat Media

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