- The family of OFW killed in the Taiwan quake is set to receive P2.8-M from the Taipei government
- They will also receive additional benefits from the Taiwanese community
- Her body arrived at her hometown last week
MANILA, Philippines – The family of the Filipina caretaker who was killed in an earthquake in Hualien district more than a week ago is set to receive P2.8-M from the Taiwan government.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said the money which will be given to the family of Melody Albano Castro will be coming from government funds, insurance claims and from Taiwanese donors.
According to ABS-CBN News, the family will also receive an additional P250,000 from donations from Taiwanese community in the Philippines.
Castro, a 28-year-old native of Cagayan, was working as a caregiver (referred to as ‘caretaker’ in Taiwan) for an elderly Japanese couple – a 63-year-old woman and her 68-year-old husband -on the 7th floor of a 12-story building that collapsed in Hualien during the magnitude 6.4 earthquake last February 7.
Her remains arrived in her hometown in Barangay Banguian, Abulug town in Cagayan last February 14.
A Taiwanese representative, Gary Song Huann, had also met with local officials to express Taipe’s condolences to the grieving family.
The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) through Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio, had also turned over proceeds of Castro’s insurance, as well as other benefits, to her family.