Employer in Focus

By Ruth Santos

The Middle East’s urgent need for fast-paced industrialisation and housing led to the high employment of skilled manpower particularly in the infrastructure industry

Eastern Asphalt and Mixed Concrete Co. W.L.L., also known as EAMCO, was established in 1976 to fill the gap between the growing demand for quality construction products and the limited supply available. They have since become a well recognized company in Bahrain specializing in modern infrastructure.  EAMCO manufactures asphalt, construct roads, and supply ready mixed concrete to contractors on the island.

Eastern Precast is EAMCO’s flagship division. It is involved in major road constructions and contributed considerably in building roads network all over Bahrain. Managed by qualified and experienced managers and supervisors, it boasts of employing efficient technical staff, skilled and unskilled workers.  Two Filipino engineers both found their niche in Eastern Precast.

Engr. Elino Orain, Jr. is the head of the Design Department, while Engr. Jennifer Romero is the Senior Structural Engineer.  Both have been employed at Eastern Precast for years and still see themselves with the company for many more succeeding years.

As a division of EAMCO, Eastern Precast is dedicated to two main product lines – Hollow core slabs and Precast elements.

Hollow core slab (HCS) is a competitive alternative to cast-in-situ and has proven to be a practical choice for floor and roofing solutions worldwide. Its speed in manufacturing, light in weight, results into reduced foundation costs, long-span capability and versatility. Eastern Precast offers a complete range of hollow core slab profiles in thickness of 150mm, 200mm, 265mm, 320mm and 400mm, 500mm. To date, more than 6 million square metres of HCS has been produced and erected.

Precast elements consists of precast columns, beams, stairs, architectural cladding panels, precast bearing walls, retaining walls, compound walls etc.

Eastern Precast offers a complete Integrated Precast Building System (IPBS) to form the main superstructure, which include columns, beams, stairs, cladding panels and hollow-core slabs. This building system is suitable to almost all types of buildings. Using IPBS results to reduced overall construction time, high quality building components, 2 hours fire rating, flexibility in design layout, and excellent thermal wall insulation capacity.

Eastern Precast is an accredited precast supplier for both Government and private sectors. Some of its major clients include Ministry of Housing, Civil Aviation Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs, University of Bahrain, Alba, Bapco etc. holds and maintains a quality policy for both its products and services.  It has an in-house quality laboratory to ensure adherence to manufacturing standards.

EAMCO and all its divisions have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004  and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications.

Filipino Expat Chat

How do Filipino engineers fare in Gulf Countries? The Philippines has long been a source of skilled manpower in the field of engineering, medicine, finance and other.  Filipinos willingly go overseas in pursuit of lucrative and rewarding careers. The engineers, more often than not, land in Middle East in their search of greener pastures.  Two veteran engineers share with us their experience living and working in GCC. 

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Engr. Elino Orain, Jr. – is the head of the Design Department at Eastern Precast (a division of Eastern Asphalt and Mixed Concrete Company W.L.L.). He holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is involve in the structural design works from A-Z, for all projects of the division.

1) When did you come to Bahrain?

Sept. 1, 2012

2)  How do you like Bahrain?

I like Bahrain very much.  In terms of work compared to other countries I have been with, the work is less stressful since most of the clients are highly professional.

3)  How do you keep a healthy work / life balance?

Draw a line between work and personal life. At work, have the proper mindset. Aim for contentment rather than thinking all about money. Go for planned time with family and friends, and at the same time put your heart and soul during working hours.

4)  What are the most critical problems faced by people in your field? How do you think this problem should be handled?

At work, there is an unrelenting pressure which leads to stressful working life.  Plan and schedule your work properly.  Communicate to staff and clients to get exactly what are needed and when they needed.

5) Has there any defining moments that made you / the company decide to take a different path or to venture in another field?

Yes. I came from another country in GCC.  When I got the work offer here in EPC Bahrain, I said to myself I will just try it for 2 years, but I see that Bahrain and EPC in general can give me a very promising and fulfilling future.

6) What is your advice /s to the OFW’S who are aspiring to be successful as you / your company?

Know your goals. Set a time frame when to stop working as OFW.  But if the intention is to be an OFW up to retiring age, save your hard-earned money for a better future.  Follow and live your dreams, have patience, and believe in your capability. Success can be achieved not only by skills but mostly by being a hard worker.  If you are away from your family, treasure your friends.  They will help you in times of sadness or troubles.

Engr. Jennifer Romero - is the Senior Structural Engineer in the Design Department of Eastern Precast. With 18 years of experience under her belt as a Structural Engineer, she is involved in the structural design of post−tensioned conventional structures, precast integrated building frame system (reinforced concrete & pre-stressed concrete structural components) and conventional cast−in−place structure. Her projects include a wide range of residential, commercial, industrial, schools, and pedestrian overpass projects in Davao City, Philippines and in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She can usually be seen supervising and coordinating with designers the preparation of structural drawings that will be implemented upon prior endorsement from clients, main contractors and consultants.
Engr. Jennifer Romero – is the Senior Structural Engineer in the Design Department of Eastern Precast. With 18 years of experience under her belt as a Structural Engineer, she is involved in the structural design of post−tensioned conventional structures, precast integrated building frame system (reinforced concrete & pre-stressed concrete structural components) and conventional cast−in−place structure. Her projects include a wide range of residential, commercial, industrial, schools, and pedestrian overpass projects in Davao City, Philippines and in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She can usually be seen supervising and coordinating with designers the preparation of structural drawings that will be implemented upon prior endorsement from clients, main contractors and consultants.

1 ) When did you come to Bahrain?

I came to Bahrain on 2007.

2) How do you like Bahrain?

The cost of living is not too high in Bahrain. It feels like our second home.

3) How do you keep healthy work / life balance?

Good time management. When I plan my week, I make it a point to schedule time with my kids, church, and other activities that help me recharge.

It helps to be proactive about scheduling. I make sure I have quality time with my kids. Attending church on Friday mornings has been our routine and other activities/leisure we scheduled every Fridays. All other nights we spend at home or grocery stores.

I spend my working hours in the office efficiently and workloads must not be brought at home. Having good spiritual nourishment from fellowship with church brethren and continuous prayer of guidance from God has helped me a lot in my life challenges and great achievements.

4) What are the most critical problems faced by people in your field? How do you think this problem should be handled?

Structural Engineers carry a great deal of responsibility. We are in-charge of structural safety and integrity of the buildings we design. We must have critical thinking when confronted with complex problems. Aside from the technical skills, we should also be able to identify the most reasonable approach in dealing with problems.

5) What is most rewarding about your job/ company? What makes it worthwhile?

As a Structural Engineer, I feel fortunate enough to design and construct large and permanent projects that will be around for generations to come. Eastern Precast has given me the opportunity and has helped me enhance my skills in succeeding to my field of expertise. I am able to accomplish construction and design endeavors that my children and countless others will be able to appreciate and enjoy.

It makes it worthwhile upon seeing my client’s satisfaction with my work and my satisfaction in seeing the completed project. I’ve been a Structural Engineer for 18 years that in Davao City and here in Bahrain, I can stroll through downtown and remember working on these buildings at some time.

6) What is the newest, freshest approach you are bringing to your job /company?

I am presenting to the company simple approach in structural design and standard and easy to use design computations for trainees (structural engineer).

7) What is the next for you in the company / for your job?

Just recently, I have been involved in the marketing and presentation of the company’s product and services to existing and prospect clients. I am anticipating more marketing and sales venture for Eastern Precast that I am very willing to support because of my almost 8 years tenure in the company and my technical experience in Structural Engineering.

8) How do you see yourself / the company in 10-20 years / in the future?

Ten years from now, I will diversify my portfolio in operations management. I have been developing my leadership skills and technical knowledge in handling design and operations in the company. My experience in precast construction firms for 18 years has put me to develop these important abilities and this company has the integral parts of bringing my achievement to a higher level in the near future.

I also foresee Eastern Precast to be having branches in other GCC countries. After 20 years, I see myself having my own business that I can leave to my children. I still have to set goals for this and God willing, I will be supporting our own family business.

9) In your opinion, do you think you have achieved your desired goal upon your success?

I have achieved my goal to be good and effective lady Structural Engineer here in Bahrain. My passion brings me to this level in this field of engineering and I was not really expecting at first that I have achieved the supervisory level here in Middle East where there exist gender challenges.

10) What are your advice/s to the OFW’S who are aspiring to be successful as you / your company?

Put GOD first. In everything you do, ask God’s guidance and make constant communication to Him through prayer. This will give you life’s comfort and His loving grace and mercy will be showered to you always.

Strive for excellence. Doing your best at work and giving out your passion towards your work will give you tremendous benefits and at the same time, you are proving to the world that Filipinos are excellent and competent workers.

Be happy. You are blessed because you have a good job and earning well. Don’t forget to cheer up and be grateful. A happy disposition will bring you success. To succeed, OFWs should take everything as a challenge (not a problem) and have a positive outlook by ignoring minor discomforts and see every difficulty they may encounter as a chance for learning.

My motto is: To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.

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