February 2014 was one of the eventful months for The Calerey.   Mr. John Lange, President of Madison Services, Inc., visited the Philippines in search of skilled Filipino workers who can perform work for his projects in the US Naval Facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba (GITMO).   Based in Madison, Mississippi , Madison Services, Inc. is a 27 year-old company that provides a wide variety of services to the agencies of the US Government. Madison specializes in Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contracts. Madison is a recipient of the 2012 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Achievement Award. This is an annual award which recognizes exceptional contributions to the DHS mission by selected group of business firms from across the US.

The Calerey had provided Filipino workers to Madison in 2010 for the complete renovation and restoration of a 7 hectare facility at GITMO where it replaced all electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems within the facility. The completed facility was re-commissioned in May 2011 43 days ahead of schedule.
One of the purposes of Mr. Lange’s visit to the Philippines was to locate members his former team of Filipino workers who were instrumental in the early completion of his 2011 project at GITMO.  He wanted these original workers to be the starting team to once again man his GITMO projects.   He had such a high regard for the Filipino workers’ skills, adaptability, flexibility and work ethics that he could not think of any other group workers who can do a job better and faster.  Mr. Lange’s visit included a trip to Bataan to re-establish contact with his former project supervisor who lives there with his family.

At The Calerey office in Makati, Mr. Lange, conducted qualifying interviews of workers aspiring to be part of Madison’s team for its new projects in Guantanamo Bay.   The Calerey had already started sending workers to Guantamo Bay for Madison.  These workers join hundreds of Filipino workers already deployed in GITMO working for projects of other companies who are also clients of The Calerey.

DM Healthcare Awards the Calerey its 2012 initial requirements


Dr. Sanjiv Malik, Executive Director of DM Healthcare, visited the country in November 2011 as part of DM Healthcare recruitment program for health workers. Staff Nurses, Radiographers, Medical Lab Technicians, Trainee Pharmacists, Customer Service Executives, are needed to man DM Healthcare’s expanding network of hospitals, medical centers, diagnostic centers, pharmacies in the Middle East. DM Healthcare is the largest health care provider in the GCC (Gulf Cooperating Council).

Dr. Sanjiv, as what he is fondly called, made a presentation during an orientation about DM Healthcare and the career opportunities it can offer. More than 200 participants flocked to the Crown Regency Hotel in Makati to hear him speak. The Calerey, in cooperation with HIM Communications, Inc, a public relations firm, organized the orientation.

While in the country, Dr. Sanjiv, who heads the hospitals, consultancy division of DM Healthcare and the quality assurance, HR and training divisions of the Aster conglomerate, also conducted a full day executive workshop on “Effective Leadership Styles in Healthcare” at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Ortigas, Quezon City. He also met with health officials of the country, particularly Honorable Enrique Ona, Secretary of the Department of Health.

He also visited the Calerey’s office to meet its staff, interview and qualify candidates for job openings and draw up plans in preparation for The Calerey’s supplying DM Healthcare its initial manpower requirement for 2012.




Chairman Brosas and President/MD Collantes visit GTMO

President and Managing Director Ma. Theda G. Collantes, together with Chairman of the Board, Carlos Brosas visited the jobsite at the US Naval Base in Guantamo Bay Cuba (GTMO) from December 8 to 11, 2010. The purpose of the trip was to see for themselves the working and living conditions of the workers, to spend some time with them, and bring to them something from the Philippines that neither emails, Skype, text messages, nor even phone calls can deliver, the human touch of people who represent home. While Mr. Brosas came from Canada, Mrs. Collantes flew from the Philippines. She endured the long 14 hours trip from the Philippines to LA, experiencing first hand what the Filipino workers sent to GTMO go through, including two connecting flight lay overs in the US, airport security and other formalities, and a boat trip.

The Filipino contingent in GTMO did not expect to see two executives from the Calerey to suddenly drop by their work place to see how they were doing. Wide-eyed with surprise, they could only blurt out “Ma’am!!!!, Sir!!!!, followed by excited hand shakes and occasional hugs and of course, posing for pictures. It turned out that The Calerey was the first recruitment agency who took the time and effort to pay them a visit.

The succeeding days saw the two executives attend Christmas parties, visit more work sites, attend “kainan, ” more “kainans, ” after work get-togethers, “inumans,” visit the workers living quarters, the canteen where they eat, the recreation and exercise facilities where they spend their off hours, the garden where they grow their own veggies, the church they go to, play a round of golf with the principal’s executives, posing for pictures, and engaging in plain and simple “kamustahan” with everybody Filipino they see.

Alas, all good things must end. On December 12, mostly teary eyed, the workers bade goodbye to the two executives, holding on to them until the last moment, seeing them off to the boat which will bring them to the GTMO airport. Teary eyed themselves, the two executives were sad to leave the workers behind, but were happy to have confirmed that, although all of them are raring to finish their contracts and return home, the Filipino workers in GTMO are OK.