Dr Rommel Pilapil Sergio Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: A UAE-based Filipino educator, who gives free psycho-social services to his compatriots at the Philippine Consulate-General, will be honoured with the highest award given by the Philippine government to overseas Filipinos for their contribution to the country.

Dr Rommel Pilapil Sergio, associate professor and chair of the Human Resource Management Programme at the Canadian University Dubai, is among the 23 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organisations Overseas on December 19.

Sergio will receive the Pamana ng Pilipino (Philippine Heritage) Award which is conferred on overseas Filipinos who have brought the country honour and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession. The award will be given by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Presidential Palace in Manila.

Sergio, who is the only awardee from the Middle East, has published scholarly works in the field of human resource management and organisational psychology.

“This recognition affirms the fact that my efforts have reached the peak of purpose I intend to serve, which is to contribute to the academic field through teaching, research, and service,” Sergio told Gulf News.

The multi-awarded professor last month received the Outstanding Global Research Leader Award from the Cromwell UK International Education and International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors and Reviewers, Dubai. In July this year, he bagged the 2016 Top 50 Global Educators Award from the Oxford Journal: International Journal of Business and Economics, UK. Besides his full-time work, Sergio also gives free counselling services to Filipinos in distress, specifically battered wives, harassed employees, rape victims, among others, to help them reintegrate in society.