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Inspiring Environmental Engineer, strives for excellence in Dubai

Position: Environmental Engineer

Employer: Dubai Municipality

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hometown: Cebu

By Yul Espartero

ENGR. Hilbert M. Libres works with the Environment Department of the Dubai Municipality, which is the competent regulatory authority responsible for the protection and management of the environment in the Emirate of Dubai.

He said, “I belong to a team in the Environmental Planning and Studies
Section whose primary task is to undertake activities related to air
management.”

He further said, “I am involved in various environmental management
projects. I find it exciting because I have the opportunities to work with
experts on various fields widening my knowledge and experience”

The 39-year-old achiever stressed that frustration is part of growing. He
stressed, “I was not able to start my travels around the world at a younger
age. That’s why I’m catching up now. On a more serious note, to be a
respected and trustworthy politician was my frustration.”

An achiever back home

He was born on July 21, 1979 in Bislig City to spouses Alberto and Lourdes
Libres. His three siblings are Haidee, a nurse; Mark Gil, a developer; and
Mabel, a horticulturist.

He took his elementary education from De La Salle John Bosco College where he graduated in 1992. In 1996, he obtained his high school diploma from Philippine Science High School-Diliman.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2001. He was also a BPI Science awardee, Most Outstanding University Student Leader and Ayala Young Leaders’ Congress delegate.

He placed Top 3 in the Chemical Engineering Board Examination. He’s
pursuing graduate studies through the University of the Philippines Open
University.

Decent home for parents

His first work outside of his home country was as Environmental Consultant.
He has spent more than four years of working overseas.

He relates, “In all things you do, be respectful of others regardless of
any differences in life status, attainment, race or religion. Arrogance and
egocentricity has no place anywhere.”

He further relates, “As an OFW, I have realized one of my dreams – to
provide a decent home for my parents that we can call as our own. I view
this as a turning point because I now have more flexibility and opportunity
to accomplish things I have always wanted to do like traveling the world.”

Expanding knowledge

Hilbert functions as Vice President for Dubai of Philippine Institute of
Chemical Engineers – UAE Chapter.

He stressed, “What makes me different is that I define my own success and I
refrain comparing myself to others. A number of people struggle to become
successful in the eyes of the rest attempting to fit into the general
perception of being successful.”

He said, “In doing so, I will only deny myself of finding my niche in the
society where I can perform my best and contribute the most. If I
constantly compare myself to others, I will never find satisfaction and
will never feel I am successful because in every phase of my life, there
will always be someone more successful than me.”

He quips, “I always strive for excellence whatever the circumstances are. I
have learned to embrace new things seeing it as opportunities for expanding my knowledge and wisdom. I accept my knowledge inadequacy, which challenges me to understand new concepts.”