Pinoys work behind-the-scenes at ACD summit in Kuwait

By Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Oct 12 2012 04:30 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2012 01:28 AM

KUWAIT – A total of 261 Filipinos arrived in Kuwait to be part of the manpower support staff in the Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit from October 15 to 17.

The Filipinos will be assigned as waiters, waitresses, supervisors and cooks at the Bayan Palace where heads of state and representatives of ACD member-countries in Asia and the Middle East will be staying.

“Natutuwa po kami dahil ang Pilipino po ulit ang napili para magserbisyo sa summit ngayong darating na linggo. Nagpapatunay lamang na maganda ang trabaho ng ating mga kababayan,” said Labor Attache David Des Dicang.

The Filipinos who will be working at the Bayan Palace during the three-day summit will be paid from 200 to 300 Kuwaiti dinars or P29,000 to P43,500.
“Nagagalak kami na kami iyong napiling agency na mag provide ng workers sa ACD summit. I’m very proud of our kababayan na Pilipino ang napili nila mag-serve,” said Barby Paragas, Managing Director of HR Select.

Kuwait has chosen Filipinos to be at the ACD summit for their excellence in the hospitality service.
“Actually, the Filipinos are the best in Kuwait and GCC countries for serving,” said Jassim Fares al Waqayan, owner of the Dar Al Qiblah Company. 

Michael John Castillo is one of the eight supervisors, 33 kitchen staff, 210 waiters and 10 waitresses who will serve foreign dignitaries in the summit. This is Castillo’s third time in Kuwait. He was here during the 2009 GCC summit and 2010 Kuwait National and Liberation days celebration.

“Mayroon na kaming mga preparations na ginagawa. May mga kanya-kanyang designations na, kung saan sila maa-assign. Mayroon sa banquet department at mayroon din sa building department,” said Castillo.
For first timers like Melanie Ranada, she is excited to be at the ACD summit.
“Sobrang happy na hindi maintindihan. It’s great. I can’t explain [it],” said Ranada.
The Philippine delegation headed by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario is set to arrive this weekend for the summit.