Taiwan to give P2.8 million aid to family of Pinay killed in quake


Posted at Feb 15 2018 02:39 PM

MANILA - Taiwan on Thursday said it would provide around P2.8 million in assistance to the family of the Filipino woman who died in last week's earthquake in the eastern Taiwanese county of Hualien. 

The announcement came after the remains of caretaker Melody Castro arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.

Authorities had retrieved her body in the rubble of a building in Hualien on February 8, two days after a magnitude 6.4 quake rattled Taiwan.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said the amount was pooled from government funds as consolation and compensation to Castro's grieving family, from insurance claims, and from Taiwanese donations.

Aside from the P2.8 million, TECO said the Taiwanese community in the Philippines has also raised around P250,000 to be given to the Castro family.

Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Song Huann Lin met with local officials on Wednesday to express Taipei's regret for Castro's death. 

He also offered to provide medical assistance to Castro's husband, who was reported to have been previously injured in a motorcycle accident.

There are around 150,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan.