Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ilonggo nurse in Qatar gets Bagong Bayani Award

AN ILONGGO nurse working in a government hospital in the Middle East was chosen to receive the 2011 Bagong Bayani Award for Community Services.

Frank C. Jamandre, who currently works as regulatory and accreditation coordinator at Hamad Medical Corporation in the State of Qatar, is set to receive the award from President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace on December 1.


Bagong Bayani awardee Frank C. Jamandre.

The Bagong Bayani Award is a national search for the Philippines' outstanding and exemplary overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It seeks to recognize and pay tribute to OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among people of the world, enhancing and promoting the image of the Filipino as a competent, responsible and dignified worker, and for greatly contributing to the socio-economic development of their communities and the Philippines as a whole.

In an email interview, Jamandre told Sun.Star that he is honored and grateful to God that he was chosen as one of the awardees, and be able to represent the more than 200,000 OFWs in the State of Qatar.

As a community leader, he continuously demonstrates strong “leadership” in community and social services to help distressed overseas workers, victims and indigents in the Philippines.

“My compassion for those who have less in life in order for them to have a better life for themselves and their families in the Philippines, (is what drives me to help other Filipinos in Qatar),” he said.

For six years, he also spearheaded the free medical-dental missions to lowly paid and depressed workers in poorly equipped labor camps, and did humanitarian mission of distributing gift packs of personal and hygiene accessories to run-away Filipina housemaids.

At present, Jamandre said, they are still doing their scheduled free medical-dental missions for the year 2011, and are now involved in collaborating the “Financial Literacy Train the Trainors Program” to Overseas Filipino Investors Entrepreneurs (OFIE) of Polo-Owwa Doha.

“It is to be noted that a large part of the Filipino expatriates in Qatar do not enjoy the privilege of free medical and dental benefits. They are the target of our medical-dental mission,” Carlito G. Lopez, one of Jamandre’s partners in the mission, said in a statement.

“What I saw amazed and inspired me. ‘Tito Frank’ was all over the place, making sure that the doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and volunteers have what they need to treat the huge number of patients properly, and at the same time also doing his share of checking, treating and advising the patients,” Lopez added.

In 2002, Jamandre earned the highest recognition as “Best Employee” given by the Hamad Medical Corporation, the most prestigious government hospital in Qatar that employed thousands of medical staff from over 25 nations.

Dr. Badriya S. Al Ali, executive director at the Quality Management Department in Hamad Medical Corporation, described Jamandre as “very active, diligent, dependable, dignified and committed worker” since he was employed in the said institution.

In 2009, designated by Ambassador to Qatar Crescente R. Relacion as lead coordinator, Jamandre was able to raise and send financial help to Philippines, such as cash, 149 boxes of foodstuff and used clothing for victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

Relacion said Jamandre has elevated the entire Filipinos in Qatar to the hall of fame because of the award, adding he is hopeful that the award will serve as an inspiration to all leaders to work harder for the greater good of the Filipinos in Qatar.

Distressed OFWs, victims and indigents in the Philippine have to move on and find ways to make their lives productive and useful for our society, Jamandre said, adding they must avail of the assistance given by the government and other private organizations and associations in order for them to rise up where they have fallen.

Asked about his secret in achieving success, Jamandre cited a verse from the Holy Bible: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

Jamandre was born in La Paz, Iloilo in September 15, 1951. He graduated elementary in La Paz Elementary School, then attended secondary in Iloilo High School.

He finished Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Central Philippine University in Jaro, Iloilo City in 1973, and finished Master of Arts in Education at the Ortañez University in Quezon City in 1980. (Sunnex)
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