JOHN RICK DC. CARINGAL
Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration, 2014
Company: Bureau of Immigration, Republic of the Philippines
It has been six years since I left the halls of my dear alma mater but I can certainly remember how great my years have been in this institution. I wasn’t the alumnus who graduated with flying colors but what I’ve learned from this university has molded me to become the person I am today.
After graduating and passing the Customs Brokers Licensure Examination in 2014, I immediately got hired to work in one of the most prominent brokerage firms in the country. More than my eagerness to learn, it must have been the university’s reputation that landed me at my very first job. But I think this is just a small part of what this school has prepared me for.
At present, I belong to the roster of one of the highly coveted government posts in a national law enforcement agency in the country, the Bureau of Immigration. Being a public servant is one thing, but being an Immigration Officer has been both a privilege and a responsibility.
As one of the country’s first lines of defense, I am tasked to ensure that our borders are secure and protected from the threats of transnational crimes such as human trafficking and terrorism among others.
In four (4) years, I was promoted as Head of the Quality Management Unit at the Port Operations Division who manages international airports of entry and exit in the entire country. I am tasked to ensure compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and to make sure that quality service is delivered through strategic planning, risk assessment, policy improvement, and development.
Being a student in a university like LPU where topnotchers and successful people are being shaped, we were expected and taught to be tough and excel not only academically, but also in extra-curricular activities.
On top of quality education, state-of-the-art facilities, and a professional environment, I have learned the confidence to speak with different levels of people. I have used the situations that the College of Business Administration (CBA) has put me into. From training to competitions, from personal mentorship to public speaking, these have greatly enriched me with the knowledge and skills that I need for my roles today.
It may be terrifying to think that the country’s safety lies in our hands but as with our school’s motto “Pro Deo et Patria”, I took the challenge.
Managing people. Securing borders. Operational and Administrative Improvements. These are just some of the things I juggle within my workplace. Challenging roles but I wasn’t afraid to take them for I have been ready. LPU has been the only university that I entrusted my future with, and I can gladly say, I made the right choice.