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Family of Filipino caregiver who died in quake to receive benefits

2018/02/09 20:23:08

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) The families of Filipino caregiver Melody Albano Castro and two others who died in the Hualien earthquake while working will be entitled to at least NT$1.19 million (US$40,581) in compensation and financial assistance, the Bureau of Labor Insurance said Friday.

The bureau said the families of the three individuals -- Castro, Chou Chih-hsuan (周志軒) and Chiang Chen-chang (江振昌) -- are entitled to 45 months of the individuals' monthly pay based on laws governing compensation for employees who die on the job.

Based on a conservative estimate of Castro's case, her family will receive 45 months of her NT$22,000 monthly salary, or NT$990,000, plus an additional NT$200,000 in financial assistance and consolation money, a Ministry of Labor official said.

The same holds true for the 37-year-old Chou and the 64-year-old Chiang, both Taiwanese nationals, if they did not purchase additional insurance.

If Castro, Chou or Chiang had insurance, they will receive more based on their insurance policy, the official said.

The 28-year-old Filipino caregiver died in an apartment in the ill-fated Yun Men Tsui Ti building, where she took care of a Taiwanese family. The building was nearly toppled in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Hualien on Tuesday night.

Chou and Chiang, meanwhile, were employees of the Marshal Hotel and the Beauty Inn (located in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building), respectively, and were on the clock when the earthquake hit.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Kuan-lin Liu)