1. Uncertainties open doors of opportunities
How he ever wound up in his profession will always remain a mystery for Jobi Dimayuga. Becoming a banker has never been part of his plans. Growing up, Jobi admitted to spending a great deal of his childhood daydreaming about becoming a pilot. It was when he was a young boy, spending most of his days sharing his space with his brothers in their humble home in Quezon City, playing and creating their own boyish troubles, that he developed a growing fascination with the freedom of flying.“I like what I’m doing but my first love is flying,” he confessed, “that’s why I travel a lot because I like flying. I suppose it’s still different, once in a while I’ll always think na “What if I didn’t have that problem, would I have been a pilot?”
Unfortunately, as fate would have it, this childhood dream had to be parked. Jobi, who had been wearing glasses since he was 10, learned by the time that his peers were making decisions for their college applications, that he can’t meet the visual requirements in getting into the pilot program. Disheartened but not discouraged, young Jobi took this turn to explore and welcome other possible options for his career. “I just took it as a challenge. Basically, if I can’t do it, what else can I do?”
In college, Jobi took what he thought would be the next best thing: earning a business degree. After graduating from the Ateneo de Manila University, he did what any gritty and determined fresh grad would do — send out as many applications to employers as he can. After all, the more applications he sends out, the greater chances he has of landing a good job, he thought. Fortunately, this strategy nabbed him a spot to work as a management trainee for a government office. The first job that would usher him into his decades-long career in public service.
For his early stint as a government employee, Jobi was only earning Php 800 a month, a salary that was barely enough to even cover his transport expenses. While grateful for the chance and learning, he got to a point of weighing the value of the opportunity vis-a-vis its practicality and eventually decided to scout for other opportunities. After a few months, he got called in and was offered a spot in the then Office of the Prime Minister, a role he immediately accepted.
Two months into his new job, the People Power Revolution broke out. This led to the reinstatement of the President of the Philippines as the head of government and head of state and consequently, the abolishment of the premiership, and by extension, the Office of the Prime Minister — leaving Jobi and the rest of the employees almost jobless. Recounting the collective anxieties and uncertainties they felt during these times, Jobi shares, “Imagine that you just entered a job, then two months later “What’s gonna happen to me, in-abolish ‘yung office! What’s gonna happen to me?”
After the abolishment of the Office of the Prime Minister, a massive reorganization took place in various offices in the government. From their team of twenty, only four were retained — Jobi included — to move and work for the Department of Finance (DoF).
2. You don’t have to start big to make it big
Fast forward to his new role as part of the DoF, Jobi recalled that one of the earliest tasks handed to them was to talk to the country’s creditors after the Revolution. Under the Marcos regime, the Philippines was left badly in debt and was considered one of the most heavily indebted countries in the world. That is why, as members of the International Finance group, Jobi and the rest of the Philippine team spoke with world leaders to ask for any of the three things: Can they forgive us our debt? If not, can they at least extend our repayment terms? And finally, can they also lend us new money to help bring life back to our economy?
Jobi recognized the load of this responsibility assigned to them. He was just in his late twenties then and trying to make sense of the strange and overwhelming feeling of pride and surrealness to be in the room where it happens.
3. Pay it forward
While Jobi may not have achieved his childhood dream of being a pilot, he had fortunately gotten involved in refinancing programs for the re-fleeting of an aviation company — thus allowing other dreamers to keep their flying dreams alive.
This heart to open doors of opportunities for young people, according to Jobi, is what drove him to build Rodolfo and Milagros Dimayuga Memorial Foundation Inc., their family-owned NGO dedicated to supporting underprivileged young dreamers in the healthcare sector in honor of their parents who were both healthcare professionals — with his mom, a pharmacist by training and his dad, an orthopedic surgeon.
4. Education always comes first
After having lost his mother to a car accident, his father was left behind to manage the business’ debt and their household finances for the better part of his life. Although these financial struggles hardly left his parents to provide them with material possessions to inherit, for Jobi, his parents’ greatest pride and legacy remain to be the good moral and educational foundation they built for him and his siblings.
Asked about what drives him to be hands-on in these dream-building initiatives, Jobi shares a more personal reason for getting involved:
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