100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador. Constancio Vigno Jr – Trailblazer
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Constancio Vigno Jr. has been the Filipino community’s pillar of support since he assumed Head of Post in 2015, and last year was a significant year with landmark achievements under his able leadership.
After years of negotiation, the Philippine and UAE governments have finally signed an MOU on Labor Cooperation in September 2017. With the Department of Labor and Employment as lead negotiator for the Philippines, the Philippine Embassy played a pivotal role, with diplomats joining the negotiations and meetings leading to the signing. This year has also seen the embassy’s successful mass repatriation of some 1,500 distressed Filipinos, in coordination with the UAE government, a cause close to the Ambassador’s heart. He shares, “I hope that with the signing of the MOU on Labor Cooperation, there will be fewer cases of our kababayans needing repatriation.”
A role model in his own right who maintains a close and affable relationship with the Filipino community, he is optimistic and carries out his duties for the nation while working towards his dream of an independent, unified, and self-sufficient country with many economic opportunities in the homeland.
Ambassador Vingno also stands firm in the belief that Filipinos are indeed resilient, determined and hardworking, and that community action and skill building will elevate the status of the community. “It would also be best for the Filipino community, specifically the professional groups, to regularly conduct skills upgrading activities with the aim of uplifting the professional capabilities of their respective members, as well as the image of Filipinos in this country in general.”
Photography by: Eros Goze
Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: Giordano, Liali Jewellery, Mitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor Motors, Michael Cinco Couture, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Centro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing
Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co., Rove Hotels, The Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAE, MPQ Tourism, JAMES Travel and Tours Dubai, Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, The Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.
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