Photo courtesy of MECO
For taking care of two abandoned children with cerebral palsy, two Filipina caregivers in Taiwan received recognition from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).
MECO honored Joylyn Catulos Camilote and Joyce Ann Cudal Bonilla after their story was reported last June by Asia Times.
According to the report, Camilote and Bonilla took care of the two kids after their parents left them.
The two Filipinas were hired by the children's mother who reportedly got into financial trouble and was forced to flee from loan sharks, MECO said.
The kids were then brought to their father who reportedly promised to honor the caregivers' contracts but also left, leaving the children to the Filipinas.
MECO said Taiwan's social welfare and development department asked Camilote and Bonilla to continue taking care of the kids until a nursing home becomes available for them.
"The Pinay caregivers decided to stay even though they no longer have employment contracts, risking deportation for violation of local migrant labor laws," MECO said.
With the help of the government, the two Filipinas were able to get their unpaid salaries and fix their employment status. They have since found new employers. Both have been working for different employers in Taiwan since 2008.
According to MECO, Filipinos make up the second largest group of migrant workers in Taiwan, next to the Indonesians. Most of them work in factories and as caregivers to the elderly population of the island. —KBK, GMA News