Dean of Bahrain Campus
Filipino Institute of Bahrain’s Academic Director and Dean Gimmarie Bassig-Reyes has been
living in the Kingdom for about two years now. Aside from being the dean of the institution, she
also teaches human resource and admin classes and does supervisory management.
Prior to working as an educator in Bahrain, she spent about nine years in the United Arab
Emirates from 2008 to 2017, wherein her first work was a procurement officer at the Arabtec
Construction LLC. Reyes was then transferred to Tyco Fire and Security in the capital as a
Before finally moving to Bahrain, she resigned from the procurement supervisor post and was
hired to another company, Al Jabal Group, as personal assistant to the group chief executive
officer for almost five years.
Reyes chose the Filipino Institute in Bahrain as the school focuses on empowering Filipino
workers abroad by educating and exposing them to opportunities overseas. The school has
established branches in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and UAE.
It’s obvious that many new overseas workers find it hard to adapt and begin to make ends
meet. Mostly, they need guidance from more experienced people who have been in place much
longer”, she said.
“As an academic director and dean of the Filipino Institute Bahrain, I spend most of the time
looking at things on the big picture, institute perspective is a big challenge of grappling with
complex problems of the broad scope and significant impact–and that leverage the active
trainers participation or students,” Reyes added.
One of the reasons why she left the Philippines is due to its wobbling economic condition and
She recalled that during her stay in the United Arab Emirates, she loved the culture and
ambiance as a whole.
“I consider overseas Filipino workers as the modern day heroes. As one, he should be brave
even if the working conditions are harsh, long hours or low wages. Just be positive and always
save for the future,” she said when asked about her advice to the growing OFWs in the Middle