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A one-of-a-kind worker

ROLLY J. Querijero is one of the long-term foreign workers on Saipan who still want to continue serving the local community.

Rolly J. Querijero stands beside a radiator at the Saipan Auto Clinic in Susupe. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

He is known for his “very specialized” skill in fixing broken radiators of light and heavy equipment, cars, generators, boats, aircraft towing vehicles and even the power generators of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. He also serves customers from Tinian and Rota.

“My job is very crucial because it seems that there is no other person on island who can do it,” he said.

He started learning his skills as a young boy in Aurora province, south of Manila, the Philippines.

Before coming to Saipan, Querijero worked for seven years in Saudi Arabia as an auto-body and radiator technician.

He first arrived on Saipan in 1997, and was employed as a radiator repair technician by Grace Corporation in Susupe.

When Grace Corporation burned down in 2005, he said his friend Anthony Ayuyu hired him to manage the Saipan Auto Clinic, also in Susupe.

He said as a shop that specializes in radiator repair work, Saipan Auto Clinic is certified and allowed to buy certain chemicals from abroad.

“You cannot just buy those chemicals,” he added. “So without Saipan Auto Clinic, it could be very difficult to have your radiator repaired on island.”

He said through the years, he has met different types of people, from ordinary car owners to heavy equipment operators from big companies.

“My customers are satisfied with my work and they trust me,” he said.

As a certified radiator repair technician, Querijero said he must “ensure customer satisfaction.”

Through his hard work, he said he was able to buy farm land and other properties in the Philippines, and send all his five daughters to college.

One of them now works at a private establishment on island after completing a hospitality course at Northern Marianas College.

“My other four daughters are also working abroad in Dubai and Europe,” he said. “They are all doing well.”

Querijero, who holds a CW-1 visa, said he can return to the Philippines and rest, but he is willing to continue working on Saipan as long as he is needed by the local community.

On his days off, he fishes with his local friends or joins regular community volunteers Max Aguon and Gerry Agulto in cleaning up beach sites.

“It is important to help clean the environment,” Querijero added.