Qatar: Women leaders dominate BMKQ’s new set of officers

(Photo: BMKQ)

Migrant women leaders dominated the new set officers of the Bayanihan ng Manggagawa sa Konstruksyon ng Qatar (BMKQ), an association of Filipino workers in the construction sector, which held its 6th General Assembly on 10 December at Doha, Qatar. 

The BMKQ said that out of its 7 board members, 5 are women migrant workers, marking a historic shift and achievement for women participation and leadership in the organisation. Elected by the general assembly to serve the term 2021-2022 are: President Melissa Ortiguerra; Vice President Ian Baldesco; Secretary Evelyn Florendo; Treasurer Elenie Nicomedes; Auditor Alliver Revilla; Business Manager Mau Trinidad; and Public Relations Officer Maurin Matalubos. 

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson, who attended the event, congratulated the elected new officers, particularly BMKQ’s women leaders. He said that BMKQ’s women-majority leadership is very much aligned with BWI’s campaign to empower women in the construction industry. 

Yuson wished the newly-elected officers a successful term and encouraged them to work closely with Qatari authorities, such as the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Interior, as well as with the Philippine government offices in the country. He also reaffirmed BWI’s strong commitment to the association. 

For his part, outgoing BMKQ President Joseph Catarungan presented the highlights of the organisation’s achievements for this year. He narrated the group’s focus on workers’ education and members’ capacity-building through trainings and seminars. BMKQ’s blood donation program, beach clean-up, tree planting programs and sporting events were also mentioned as some of the major activities it has successfully conducted. 

BWI lauded BMKQ’s numerous initiatives, including efforts to help its missions in Qatar.