His Fortitude of Being a Leader

“Being an HR practitioner is very challenging, you must be flexible and be courteous to their needs.”

That is how Mr. Rodrigo Bacual Desiatco defines his job as Human Resource practitioner. Desiatco, who finished Bachelor of Science Major in Human Resource at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, is a Senior Specialist in Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC)–one of the well-known refinery company in Oman.

Growing up in Tondo, Manila, Desiatco just showed what it is to be a leader.

With his expertise in the field of HR over the years, it is likely for him to get involve in the community service to be of help for his fellow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Oman. He is the Chairman of the Filipino Community Social Club (FilCoSoc) – the only Filipino community organization that is duly registered with the Oman Ministry of Social Development, the Vice President in photography club and the Board of Director in Philippine School in Muscat.

Before he commits himself in serving the Filipino club, there were only a handful registered clubs which limits the activities of the Filipino community at that time. But with the growing numbers of the Filipinos in Oman, they were able to register 23 clubs and have sponsored different events and occasions.

Being the Chairman of the club for two years now, Desiatco has managed to put a very successful events, especially the fund raising event held last February 2014 which they gathered tons of food, goods and monetary donation and was sent to the Philippines for the victims of Yolanda.

Desiatco said that it was always a fulfillment to see his fellow countrymen enjoying the benefits and the comradeship of one another, as it gives him the motivation to contribute more to the community.

“I have been given the special role of assisting my countrymen through better job opportunities, linking like-minded people and becoming a conduit for quality lifestyle,” he told the Filipino Life.

To spread the good values and behaviors of the Filipinos in Oman, the chairman is now coordinating with the Philippine School in Muscat to setup a branch in Sohar, “Where a growing Filipino community is now visible,” he said.

Desiatco said that living in Oman for six years now, he was able to learn the values of both the locals and the Filipino people and how they were similar with each other.

“Life in Oman has given me and my family the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and thus provided us a better perspective of life,” he shared.

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