“Being a Global Filipino entails a duty as a Filipino citizen living abroad. We must represent our country with pride and as our ambassador said, we become ‘ambassadors’ of our country as soon as we present our passports This places a responsibility on us to familiarize ourselves with the laws of the host country and to be role models,” Casao said.
Around 700,000 Filipino expatriates live and work in the UAE and the new organization hopes to attract large segments of the community. It will be managed by the 14 officers who have been sworn in to manage various interests.
The organization was unofficially established in 2020 as a community group to represent various interests.
“There are a number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) communities in the UAE, but many of them focus on certain professions or interests. We hope to attract people of all interests and professions,” Casao said.
While the organization’s activities have so far been limited in anticipation of its official swearing in, members have already supported a number of Filipino expatriates in the community. Casao said the organization raised at least Dh7,200 during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide basic necessities to expatriates who had lost their jobs or were suffering from health issues.
“We will also continuously partner with the Philippine Embassy to support community initiatives, just as we participated in recent celebrations marking 48 years of Filipino-Emirati relations,” Casao added.