- A Filipina worker won as the Best nanny of the year in UAE
- She won P1 million retirement fund, free plane ticket to the Philippines, a bank account and child care courses
- The Pinay nanny said she will use the prize money to realize her dream of opening her own supermarket in Pampanga
A Filipina who has been working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 24 years was recognized as UAE’s Best Nanny of the year. She will take home P1 million as retirement fund.
Aside for the retirement fund, 44-year-old Melanie Manansala was also given a free ticket to the Philippines courtesy of Air Arabia, a bank account and several child care courses after besting 500 other nominees in the 2017 Best Nanny Awards. She won the award because of her positive qualities: being open, honest, balanced, committed and knowledgeable.
As per the Gulf News, the award, now on its second year, is an initiative of Rise, a wealth management platform for migrants.
Rise’s founder Padmini Gupta said nannies deserve recognition and appreciation as they play a key role in UAE society.
“They (nannies) represent one in four women in this country and one in two working women in the UAE, however, they are often not appreciated nor supported by society. They don’t have access to bank accounts and less than one per cent of them have a retirement plan in place. We started the awards to recognize them, but created the prize of a retirement fund so that more families will play a proactive role in supporting their nannies’ future,” Gupta said.
With the prize she won, Manansala said she will finally realize her dream of opening a supermarket in Pampanga – her hometown.
“I’m so happy with the award, I almost can’t believe it! I’m already saving for my retirement, which I believe is very important, and every nanny should do so too. With this prize, my dream can come true to open a supermarket in my home country after my retirement as a nanny,” the best nanny said.