Envisioned by the former Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Her Excellency Grace Relucio Princesa, the Bayanihan shall be the mechanism that will govern the voluntary work accredited of Filipino organizations and individuals in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The spirit of Bayanihan is to bring out the collective heroism of every Filipino for the interest and benefit of the Filipino people in the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Philippines.
The Bayanihan Council was officially organized in 2010 with very well defined structure governed by a Constitution and By-laws formulated through the initiatives of all the Filipino organizations accredited by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The Bayanihan Council had since been very successful in coordination with the activities of the Philippine Embassy and the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and various civic organizations in the emirate.
The Bayanihan Council was being governed by the Bayanihan Council Executive Committee composed of duly authorized representative of each accredited Filipino organization in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi elected in accordance to the Bayanihan Council Constitution and By-laws. These elected fifteen (15) EXECOM elect among themselves the eight (8) major positions (i.e. Chairman; Vice-Chairman; Secretary; Asst. Secretary; Treasurer; Asst. Treasurer; Auditor; and Asst. Auditor) who shall serve their tenure for two (2) consecutive years while the remaining seven (7) elected members shall serve for a one (1) year term and shall be replaced during the mid-term election.
On 11th March 2016, the Bayanihan Council election was held to elect the 4th Bayanihan Executive Committee members.
On the election held recently, IIEE UAE Chapter was represented by Dr. Eldino Alberto V. Caballes, Chapter Executive Secretary. Dr. Caballes garnered twenty-three (23) votes out of the thirty-one (31) ballot casted where four (4) ballots were declared null and void by the COMELEC (composed of school principals of Filipino schools in Abu Dhabi). Dr. Caballes landed No. 8 in the 15 contested positions and was the elected as the Vice Chairman of the Bayanihan Council Executive Committee whose tenure of office starts on the 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2018.
The Induction of newly elected Bayanihan Council Executive Committee and the turn-over ceremonies was held at the Philippine Embassy, Abu Dhabi on 1st April 2016.