|Posted by Rey Manio on August 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM|
ALTRUISM OF GIVING BACK....
By:Carlos P. Ocampo - President/CEO
I was twenty two years old when I migrated to the United States of America. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degreein Electronics and Communication Engineering (BSECE) from the University ofSanto Tomas (UST). All I had was a one-way ticket and the weighty necessity tobe successful.
Likeany other immigrant story sad but true, it is a struggle adapting a newculture, its’ tongue, prejudice and above all it’s’ loneliness. Doing odd jobsis a way of life for first timers like me until one day you wake up andrealized that “odd jobs” weren’t the reason for leaving your love ones, family,friends and home land.
I moved to San Jose California/Silicon Valley after two years as a nomad in thestates of Virginia, Marylandand District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).Californiafits me. It is a mixed culture environment. It is more tolerant and the weatheris great.
Silicon Valley offered me lots rooms to maneuver inadvancing my career goal as an Engineer. Planning, hard work and perseverancedid the trick for me. I worked for different companies that are inTelecommunication and Microwave industries, Narda Microwave, Frequency West,Avantek, ZETA labs, Telesciences and OMNI Microwave to name a few. I worked asassembler, technician and QA inspector until I completed my continuance studyin Microwave Engineering at UC Berkeley Extension (an off site campusschooling) and became a full pledge Microwave Engineer. Through these moves Idid, from job to job, from company to company, I gained a practical know how ofdifferent technologies such as microwave amplifiers, mixers, multipliers,synthesizer, down-up converter and systems such as microwave radios. At thattime, I had no idea I was building a network of contemporaries that will behelpful when I started my own company.
In 1996 I started my owncompany 2Pi Microwave Inc. in Fremont California. In the beginning itwas a manufacturing engineering support service company, helping start upmicrowave companies. We provide processes and documentations and proto typing anew product. It turned out it became more cost effective to our clients tosubcontract the manufacturing of the product to us. Now, 2pi Microwave Inc. isthe manufacturing sub-contractor as the industry knows today.
It was my business-wisepath to take during a time when one’s level of competitiveness is based onone’s international ties and outsourcing abilities. Six years ago I thought ofmy native home Philippines.2pi Microwave Inc. extended its capability to dBc Technologies Corp. inClarkfield Economic Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippineswhich I incorporated in 2005 giving 25% of the ownership to its employees. Itwas when dBc Technologies Corporation was in place with a full staff and solidlist of projects that I saw the impact the work I have done to local communityand my home country. It is still a work-in progress. Its’ goal as well as thatof the dBc employees, is to make a mark in worldwide competition that Philippineshas its own high tech competitive edge and resources.
WhyPhilippines?Aside from the obvious, it is my altruisms of giving back to my native country Philippines.