Nominations open for Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino sa UAE

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The Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino sa UAE.

The search for the 2024 Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino officially began on Monday (July 1) with the call for nominations for the fourth edition of the independent prize.

The Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino award by Pinas Cargo honours Filipino individuals in the UAE who can be called unsung heroes in the country through their exemplary work in their family, company or community.

Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino is anchored on four criteria: best family person, best employee, best community worker and best spiritual worker.

Anyone can nominate a Filipino who is currently employed in the UAE and has a valid Emirates ID. Nominations can be sent through the Pinas Cargo nomination form from July 1 to August 10. Self-nomination is not allowed.

An independent judging committee will review the nominations and select the top 20 candidates on August 11 followed by an evaluation round on August 18 where the top 10 grand finalists will be chosen. The finalists will then be presented and public online voting will be opened from August 19 to September 15 to determine the winners. Pinas Cargo promises cash and other prizes for the winners in an awarding ceremony.

Since the award’s inception in 2021, Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino has honoured three UAE-based Filipinos, including the first winner Maryann Paglinawan, a long-time Dubai resident, philanthropist and single mother of two who has been sharing a good chunk of her salary to give financial assistance to distressed compatriots in the UAE.

In 2022, the award was clinched by Joemar Tagala, an entrepreneur based in Dubai who is actively involved in the community. Tagala’s wife Chinnie Jane Ching, dubbed the Cow Mama of Dubai, won first place in the inaugural Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino award for her advocacy of sharing breast milk to help struggling mothers and children in need in the UAE.

Last year, UAE-based teacher Federico Dulla Jr. won the award after besting 300 nominees. Dulla said winning the award helped him gain more recognition in the community. “Everywhere I go, people recognized me,” Dulla said in Pinas Cargo’s live broadcast on Monday. Dulla is the president of an organization of Filipino teachers in the UAE.

Tagala and Dulla urged companies and individuals in the UAE to nominate their exemplary Filipino colleague or employee to recognize their “extraordinary efforts” in the country. ICA/Expat Media

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