Debbie Villafuerte

Lead Document Controller at Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. (ONE) in the Netherlands


Can you tell us a bit about you? 


I am Debbie Villafuerte, born in the Philippines and living in the Netherlands since 2007. 


I left the Philippines during the peak of my career in a conservation project to follow my heart. 


Being a non-native in a country is a challenge especially with the language difference. The journey was not easy, and I had to work hard to learn to be able to find my real place in this country. 



During my first one and a half years, I attended Dutch language courses and did four different volunteer works. Finally, 


I placed my CV on different jobsites and got employed after two weeks. This was where the journey of being a Document Controller began. 


I am a member of the Board of Trustees and a volunteer webmaster of the Katala (Philippine Cockatoo) Foundation in the Philippines. 


I love traveling with my husband, see new places and experience different cultures..


What is your current role? 


My current role is Lead Document Controller at Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. (ONE) with assets in the Netherlands and UK. 

Apart from being the gate keeper of the documents, 


I am also doing expediting. Other tasks, among others, include dissemination and implementation of DC rules and procedures, maintenance of the EDMS, progress reporting to the management and first line of contact on documentation-related audits.


Can you describe your professional experience? 


In the Philippines, I was employed as Administrative and Conservation Education Officer. 


In the Netherlands, I was first employed as a Document Controller in a pharmaceutical company. 


My first [incorrect] impression on document control, just like others, is an easy job that anybody can do until I was hired by ONE. 


I started as Document Controller of the new gas plant in Rotterdam. Currently, I am doing the job company-wide for seven different assets. 


The diversity of tasks, strong management support and newly gained understanding about DC motivate me to do the work the best I can.


Which Consepsys course did you attend and when?


I attended the Certified DC and Certified Lead DC Courses in March 2016 (and I sat the examinations). I also completed the online course module “Document Control Audits” in March 2017 and attended the Advanced DC Course in June 2017. 


What did you think about the Consepsys course? How did it help you in your current role and career development?


The courses have provided me with deeper knowledge and understanding on the importance of the DC job. 


This leads to positive perception, respect to fellow DC’s and confidence in my work. 


This has been instrumental in improving the quality my daily tasks, most importantly in implementing DC procedures and disseminating information in meetings, presentations or during the audits.


Debbie also participated in the "What have they become" interview in December 2020.

Here is what she said:


Who do you work for and where?


I am the Lead Document Controller at ONE-Dyas B.V., the largest privately owned Dutch exploration and production operating company with head office in Amsterdam. I am responsible for the overall document control and management of the operated assets in the North Sea. I am also the EDMS Administrator of the company.


What are your passions in life?

I am a volunteer in nature and love helping people both in personal life and at work. I use this as an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Moreover, helping people gives me sense of purpose, positive emotions and life satisfaction.


What has the impact of Consepsys training been on your career? 

I have taken a total of five Document Control-related courses at Consepsys. I have been inspired not only by the driven and experienced lecturers but also by the general quality and in-depth knowledge these courses provide.


The courses strengthened my DC skills and helped boost my confidence in the workplace. Through these courses, I have, most importantly developed an effective way to communicate and implement the company’s DC procedures which is very essential to meet the requirements for international standards.


Additionally, the courses motivate me to achieve my personal goal to execute work accurately and efficiently – that is, with (very minimal or) zero mistake within the shortest period of time. Indeed, Consepsys courses made a difference in my career in a positive way.


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