Thoughtleader – Labor Attaché Felicitas Q. Bay
Lawyer Labor Attache Felicitas Q. Bay has been a public servant for over 30 years. Initially appointed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), where she served for 15 years, she was assigned the position of Labor Attaché in 2005. Since then, she has taken posts in Qatar, Manila, Seoul, and more recently, Dubai and the Northern Emirates in 2017.
With her field expertise, she has represented the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the implementation of its labor policy and programs overseas and worked towards workers’ protection through labor documentation, legal assistance and welfare services. She has also led initiatives that supported employment promotion and job opportunity identification, and has assisted in the development of labor migration policies in the name of promoting good inter-country relations. Through her work, she has ensured the welfare and protection of Filipinos in her host countries.
Hoping that Filipinos can achieve a better standard of living abroad, Labor Attaché Bay, encourages Filipinos to extend themselves. She says, “In whatever profession or occupation, it is my view that in order to succeed, one has to go the extra mile. One has to do more than that which is required from him, to be more than the average, to go beyond what is good enough.”
Labor Attaché Felicitas Q. Bay
Felicitas Q. Bay is a lawyer and dedicated public servant. In 1990, she joined the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and served as Chief, Prosecution Division, Director, Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch, and Director, Licensing Branch for 15 years. After that, with postings in Qatar and Seoul, she has become a pivotal figure in maintaining positive relations between the Philippines and foreign governments through her duties.
As a Labor Attaché, Felicitas serves as a diplomat between the UAE and Philippines, representing the DOLE’s labor policy overseas and being responsible for upholding the integrity and well-being of Filipino workers within the region. “I have been in the government for 28 years, and I am fortunate to belong to an office where the officers and personnel exert efforts to elevate the lives of Filipinos.”
She currently works towards creating an enhanced documentation system and body for welfare support for her people in the region. For her, no Filipino should be left behind, and with just a little bit of extra effort, the collective Filipino condition can be improved on a global scale.
“Go the extra mile. In whatever profession or occupation, in order to succeed, one has to go the extra mile. One has to do more than what is required of him; to be more than the average and go beyond what is just good enough.”
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