- The government awarded two overseas Filipina workers for taking care of two kids with cerebral palsy in Taiwan
- The children were both abandoned by their own parents
- The Pinays cared for the children even though they were not getting their salaries anymore
Two Filipina caregivers in Taiwan were given recognition by the Philippine government for continuing to care for two children with cerebral palsy after their parents abandoned them.
Joylyn Catulos Camilote and Joyce Ann Cudal Bonilla received a plaque of appreciation each during the Paskong Pinoy 2017 program of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan.
ABS-CBN News reports that the kids' mother was forced to go into hiding after getting in trouble with loan sharks last June. Their father soon followed, leaving the children to their caregivers.
The Taiwanese social welfare department asked Camilote and Bonilla to look after the children until they can find a nursing home for them.
The Filipinas agreed even though they are no longer receiving their salaries and even after their employment contracts ended.
After learning about their story, MECO assisted the OFWs to get their unpaid salaries and find new employers.
KAMI salutes Camilote and Bonilla for their dedication and love for their wards.