In celebration of International Women’s Month, Amb. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana led the Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Office of Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) in honoring Filipino nurses for their heroism, highly commendable service, and sacrifices as healthcare professionals in the frontlines of the pandemic at a simple ceremony held at the Sentro Rizal of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. It was also attended by Labor Attachè Manuel Dimaano and Welfare Officer Julia Fabian.
Highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of Marilag Award to nurse Joan Asejo Florendo and certificates of appreciation to 6 others as follows: Ms. Ma. Victoria Domingo, Ms. Divina Digap, Ms. Maricel Villanueva, Ms. Mary Grace Companero, Ms. Felyn Espina, Ms. Amna Beloria, and Ms. Lorraine Alvarez, who were nominated by the Filipino Nurses Association in the UAE (FNAE) represented by Nurse Joel Hualde. The awardees have an average 15 years of experience in major hospitals in the UAE. During the program, Nurse Florendo shared about her experiences and insights gained during the pandemic.
OWWA’s Marilag Awards recognize Filipina OFWs who introduced change within their respective communities and highlight how they engaged in various activities to empower others, most especially during the time of the pandemic.