Grad student receives Blas F. Ople award

Grad student receives Blas F. Ople award

by UA&P News Desk on December 5, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Overseas Filipino and SBEP student recognized for ‘tireless efforts in the field of education’

by Mariecar Jara-Puyod, from The Gulf Today

DUBAI: A multi-award winning mechanical engineer-turned-educator, who is instrumental in not only acquiring basic education for Filipinos in the Middle East but also in furthering their studies through satellite campuses with Philippine universities, has been honoured with the highest recognition for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by the Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment (DoLE).

Dr. Malagapo

Philippine Christian University Graduate School of Business and Management-Middle East Campus Dean and Professor, Dr. Eduardo Parra Malagapo, told The Gulf Today that what makes being the recipient of the 2011 Blas F. Ople Award para sa Natatanging Bayani (BFO Award for the Most Distinguished Hero) more special is that two of his students were previous winners.

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Malagapo was acknowledged by DoLE for his “outstanding achievements in the field of education and his tireless involvement in various socio-civic activities, including humanitarian services for fellow Filipinos abroad.”

Malagapo’s pipeline projects for OFWs in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, include doctoral courses as well as Masters of Arts in nursing, psychology and international hospitality management.

He said: “It is sharing and the transfer of knowledge and skills, as well as the needed values in life which makes education so important.”

Himself a student of and Class 2012 president for the Masters in Business Economics at the Philippines’ University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP), Malagapo said it was a “necessity to help the OFW community children” which inspired him to put up the basic education requirements of nursery to high school in Al Khobar in 1989 and 1995. He went on to expand his advocacy in education in 2005 for the graduate studies of OFWs in the region.

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