November 9, 2020
Former Ambassador Roy Señeres
Diplomat and Statesman
Former Philippines Ambassador to the UAE and statesman Roy Seneres is widely acknowledged as a champion of Filipino migrant rights. He is also credited for the establishment of the first Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) center in the UAE. During his tenure in the emirates (1994 to 1998), he helped countless distressed OFs, with his most prominent feat, being able to get a pardon for the high-profile Sarah Balabagan case. In the Philippines, he was Chairman at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); he became a Congressman at the House of Representatives, under the OFW Family Party-List, and ran for president in 2016. He passed away before the elections.
In 2001, he founded the OFW Family Club, an NGO that would further the Seneres family’s tradition of providing assistance to OFWs and their families in the Philippines. His son, Roy Seneres Jr., now the club’s president, continues the former Ambassador’s advocacy and philosophy that, “The purpose of life is to empathize, to sympathize, and to help.”
Former Ambassador Libran Cabactulan
Retired Former Ambassador to the UAE Libran Nuevas Cabactulan was the 18th Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations. Before that post, he served as Assistant Secretary for the UN’s Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation initiative. During his diplomatic career, Libran Cabactulan led the Group of 77 developing countries and China in negotiations on economic and related issues at the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Population Commission, United Nations Children’s Fund, and the United Nations Development Programme.
In the emirates where he served from 2003 to 2009, Amba Cabactulan was a well-loved public servant who worked hard to serve both the government and the Filipino people. During his tenure, he facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the UAE Ministry of Labor and the Philippine Labor Department to provide greater protection for Overseas Filipinos.
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