Manila, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Lin (???) on Tuesday presented the family of Filipino caregiver Melody Albano Castro, who was killed in an earthquake in Taiwan in February, with a check for PHP600,000 (US$11,443).
Recognizing the financial difficulties faced by the Castro family -- her husband is paralyzed on one side of his body and her daughter is eight-year-old -- Taiwanese businesses operating in the Philippines launched a fund-raising drive to help them.
On Tuesday, Lin and representatives of Philippines-based Taiwanese businesses handed over a check for PHP600,000 to Castro's mother during a ceremony attended by family members at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Makati.
Also present at the ceremony were Philippine House of Representatives member Rose Marie Arenas and vice chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan, Gilberto Lauengco.
In addition, TECO donated food, children's books and toys to the family.
Meanwhile, Lin reaffirmed the Taiwan government's efforts to provide good work and living conditions for migrant workers and treat them the same as Taiwan nationals.
Castro's family thanked the people of Taiwan for their kindness.
Noting that Castro was the family's main bread winner, her younger brother Jayson Albano thanked Taiwan's government and people for extending a helping hand to the family in its time of need.
Castro was one of 17 fatalities in a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Hualien on Taiwan's east coast on Feb. 6.
She was employed as a caregiver to a person with disabilities at the time and died when the building she was in partially collapsed during the earthquake.
Rescuers recovered her body from the rubble of the building.
The PHP600,000 donation was in addition to PHP3.2 million already provided by Taiwan, including government compensation payments, insurance claims and donations from the general public.
Castro started working as a caregiver in Taiwan in 2015 and was covered by Taiwan's national health insurance and the Act for Protecting Worker of Occupational Accidents, according to TECO.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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