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Filipina Worker in Abu Dhabi Wins Top Emirates Labour Market Award

Maria Isabel Lacierda, a Filipina who works as a cleaning assistant at EBG, won the inaugural Emirates Labour Market Award.

Maria Isabel Lacierda, a 44-year-old Filipina working as a cleaning assistant at Emirates Business Group (EBG) in Abu Dhabi, clinched the prestigious top prize in the inaugural Emirates Labour Market Award. She was recognized for her outstanding work ethic and as an embodiment of success.

Overflowing with gratitude, Lacierda thanked EBG for the nomination, emphasizing the opportunity to showcase her dedication and passion for her work in the UAE. Her win secured her Dh100,000 and additional benefits for topping the workforce category.

Going Beyond the Call of Duty:

Noted for her exceptional commitment, Lacierda’s colleagues praised her for always being the first to arrive and the last to leave the office. However, her impact extends beyond dedication to the job.

Lacierda’s knack for recycling and crafting functional art from discarded materials earned admiration. Using old newspapers, popsicle sticks, and paper straws, she creates Papier-mâché ornaments and office items, promoting sustainability in the workplace.

Acts of Kindness and Authenticity:

Her creations weren’t just for environmental consciousness but also as tokens of appreciation. Reciprocating kindness shown to her, she handcrafted personalized gifts for colleagues, emphasizing authenticity and sentimentality over monetary value.

Described as the soul of the office, Lacierda’s resourcefulness and charisma have endeared her to coworkers and superiors alike. Her boss commended her unique and beautiful approach to work.

Humble Beginnings and Future Plans:

Rooted in humble beginnings, Lacierda attributes her perseverance to her upbringing. Despite her achievements, she remains committed to work and plans to invest her prize money in farmland in her hometown in the Philippines.

Lacierda’s story resonates as a source of inspiration, highlighted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). Her plans extend beyond personal gain, aiming to bring her son to work in the UAE and continue to be an inspiring figure in her workplace.

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