Many Labor Attaches and Welfare Officers who come and go in Saudi Arabia. In Jeddah, I can’t forget former WelOf Iriles Ladjabassal whom I considered a friend and a father during my first 4 years as an OFW in the Kingdom and so with the late Labor Attache, Atty. Abraham Malli.
Here in Riyadh, a few of them I came to mingle with, like Labatt Sodusta whom I first met when he visited OFWs in the company where I am presently employed. Of course my friend Labatt Jainal Rasul, Jr., who was the one advised me to form an organization in the Industrial Area.
But there was one whom I havent got the chance to meet but I heard, read much about him and I truly admire his dedication in serving his fellowmen (OFWs) during his time as Labor Attache in the Kingdom. In fact Filipino community in Eastern Province and even in Riyadh were saddened when his tour of duty ended and transferred back home. His name is Atty. Jalilo O. Dela Torre.
Atty. Jalilo O. Dela Torre was formerly a practicing lawyer based in Cebu. He joined Government service particularly the DOLE since 1978. He was former Labor Attache in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and his last posting overseas as Labor Attache in Tel Aviv, Israel. At present, he is DOLE Regional Director in Cordillera Region and one of the proponent of Training-cum-Employment Scheme for the Business Process Outsourcing Industry of the Philippines (TRACES-BPO), a 30-day training on English proficiency, technical skills and confidence building for our new graduates. It started in Cordillera and is now being implemented in Caraga Region. TRACES-BPO is also being eyed for replication in Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, Aklan, Region 2, Cebu and Oriental Mindoro.
Now, aside from being a good public servant, Atty. Dela Torre loves to write and is currently writing his second book with a working title of -Uncommon Valor: Profiles of Unknown Filipino Heroes and Role Models- This is a compilation of the life stories of Filipinos, dead or alive, who are have displayed extraordinary courage in the field of battle, or displayed uncommon sense of decency, honesty, morality, or have successfully established a business through hard work, or who have returned to the Philippines from work abroad and have become successful entrepreneurs, or who have participated in governance of this country with the highest sense of idealism, commitment and vision.
Presently, he is interviewing Ferdie Capili, an OFW-turned-educator who owns the Don Martin Montessori School in Balagtas, Bulacan and Minerva Calugas-Javier, daughter of Jose Calugas, the only Filipino-born awardee of the US Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest American military honor.
How about you? Do you know of any Filipino, deceased or otherwise, who deserves to be installed in our Hall of Heroes? He or she doesn’t have to be a dead hero like Calugas. He could be a gasoline boy who sincerely and honesty returned a bag of money or an expensive cellphone. He could be a policeman who does his job effectively and honesty, despite being surrounded by thieves. Extraordinary feats of ordinary common people.
If you know of any, please e-mail Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre, contact details below:
ATTY. JALILO O. DELA TORRE
Department of Labor and Employment, Cordillera Administrative Region
Baguio City, Philippines, 2600
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