AMBASSADOR CONSTANCIO VINGNO JR.
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE
“My true aspiration is for Filipinos not to leave their country and their families anymore in the first place to improve their lives – that every Filipino who goes abroad does it out of choice and not because they are forced to do it by economic circumstance.” Such is the best case scenario for Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr., the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE. As the de facto “father” of the Filipino expat community in the UAE, his is the colossal responsibility of overseeing the welfare of hundreds of thousands of OFWs, as well as creating stronger diplomatic ties. In his words: “As the Philippine Ambassador, I am mandated to put forward the national interest of our beloved Philippines and fellow Filipinos. This is in the areas of national security, economic diplomacy and assistance to nationals, also considered as the three main pillars of foreign policy.”
Upon taking office on the last quarter of 2015, Ambassador Constancio hit the ground running and went on to secure numerous achievements all throughout 2016. He says, “I am happy to note that we have engaged with many UAE officials this year as compared to previous years. Looking ahead, we expect many bilateral engagements, including exchange of high level visits and signing of significant agreements between the Philippines and the UAE, the specific details of which I still cannot disclose at this point in time. I am also proud of the huge turnout of Filipinos in UAE not only for the overseas voters’ registration but also during the one-month long overseas elections in the UAE. 31.74% of the registered voters in UAE came out to vote. The turnout has been the highest in the UAE since the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003 was implemented.”
In addition to political and economic engagements with the UAE, Ambassador Constancio intends to continue improving consular functions, including assistance to nationals, and further enhance the Embassy’s reach with the huge and active Filipino community. Of the legacy he wishes to impart to his kabayans, he says: “I want to be remembered as someone who has built an organization, founded on a more solid foundation, for others to build on.”