Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: (FCC) Filipino Computer Club
FCC or the Filipino Computer Club, a non-profit organization, provides free computer training classes – and even facilities – to the underprivileged society in Dubai and the Northern Emirates in the hopes of their students securing higher-paying jobs in the future. The FCC is also the first and only Filipino Club that conducts Speech Craft Workshop in cooperation with Toastmasters International. “The series of interactive workshops help individuals build their confidence and sharpen their communication and leadership skills,” says FCC President and Head Trainer Cherry Pye Zablan-Torres. “This is the first step to overcoming their fear of Public Speaking. FCC delivers quality result-driven training solutions in the UAE. We focus on the end-result – the win for our students. With a proven track record, our main strength is our ability to work in tandem with our students as this is the only way to fully understand the practical and realistic solutions that aims to create a stimulating environment. Poised to provide the necessary skills and flexibility, we strongly believe that we will meet and exceed the expectations and objectives we have set for ourselves.”
Of course like any other organizations there are challenges – the biggest of which was the lack of funding and manpower. “But with the magnanimous dedication, commitment and hard work of the officers, members and students along with the support extended by the Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA in Dubai, community leaders, volunteers and private companies that help keep our noble project, we go from strength to strength,” she says.
As of the moment, FCC has trained more than 33,000 and the club’s future plans include conducting web-related seminars and workshops, putting up their own library of books and CD-ROMs and installing a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).