OMAN – A Filipino who became bankrupt bounced back on track, this time as a manager of a 4-star hotel in Muscat.
What's nice about Erick Enriquez's story is that he was also able to give other kababayans the opportunity to gain employment in the new hotel he manages.
Enriquez was once engaged in hotel supplies. Unfortunately, his clients did not pay him on time which brought down his business.
"Yung mga sinusupplayan ko hindi nila ako nabayaran ng tama sa oras so yung mga ininvest kong pera sa stock totally nawala na," said Enriquez.
He regained hope when he was entrusted by a friend to be the business adviser to the chairman of the newly opened City Center Hotel.
"Meron siyang anim na hotel sinabihan niya ako na kukunin kitang personal adviser.....nung tinanggap ko yung offer binuksan namin itong hotel na ito, City Center Hotel," said Enriquez.
The hotel owner's daughter said now is the best time to open a business as many projects will continue to come to Oman.
"There are lots of companies coming in from Dubai so we have massive extensive projects on the way in Muscat so there's a place for everyone," said the hotel's managing director, Amreen Kur.
Enriquez personally helps in running the hotel. He was also able to hire several Filipino workers to find employment with them.
"Ang sweldo dito parang 4 times ng sa Pilipinas. Kung mag waitress ako doon ang sasahurin ko doon siguro P3,000 o P4,000 which is here I am earning P20,000. So I prefer to work here," said waitress Hilda Jordan.
Kur added that their employees work hard because they are given a good working environment and packages.
Operations manager Mohammed Suhail echoed Kur's statement, describing the hotel staff as "perfect".
"They are punctual. They are very good learners. They are very good listeners. They follow the commandments. They are very flexible in all the segments basically," he said.
Enriquez said they will soon be opening another hotel and would need additional 80 to 90 workers for housekeeping, food service, reception, sales persons, and mangers. Report from Rowen Soldevilla, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau