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Body of caregiver killed in Hualien quake sent back to Philippines

2018/02/14 22:45:50

Photo courtesy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

Manila, Feb. 14 (CNA) The body of a Philippine caregiver who was killed in the Feb. 6 earthquake in Hualien City was taken back to Manila on Wednesday.

Taiwanese officials stationed in the Philippines, led by representative Lin Song-huan (林松煥), and officials from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, were at the airport to pay their respects when the body of Melody Albano Castro arrived.

On Thursday, the body will be taken back to Castro's hometown of Abulug in Cagayan Province, some 600 kilometers away from Manila.

The body of the 28-year-old, who had been working in Hualien as a caregiver for three years, was found Feb. 8 in the rubble of the Yun Men Tsui Ti building that partly collapsed in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake two days before.

Expressing sorrow at Castro's death, Lin said the woman's family is entitled to death compensation in an amount equivalent to 45 months' of her salary in Taiwan, plus some compassionate aid and other subsidies.

Castro, the sole breadwinner in her family, is survived by her parents, a six-year-old daughter and her paralyzed husband, who needs brain surgery after a motor accident in 2014.

Meanwhile, a school funded by a Taiwan-based religious group in the Philippines has offered to sponsor Castro's daughter.

The magnitude 6.0 quake stuck Hualien close to midnight on Feb. 6, killing 17 people, injuring 282 and causing widespread infrastructure damage in the eastern Taiwan county.

(By Emerson Lin and Flor Wang)