THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday reported that two overseas Filipino workers were honored in Taiwan during the annual search for Outstanding Migrant Workers by the Taipei City’s Labor Affairs Department.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Taiwan reported that the OFWs joined hundreds of model and outstanding Taiwanese workers and labor unions who were conferred with similar distinction in the Taiwan capital recently.
Evelyn G. Kaguitla, a factory worker, and Amelia A. Comilang, a careworker, were given the citation by Taipei City Mayor Hou You-Yi during the Taipei annual recognition ceremony for exemplary workers.
The Pinay workers, along with other winners, were hailed “for their dedication and hard work despite the COVID-19 outbreak” during the awarding ceremony that highlighted the City’s Labor Day celebration with the theme “Making the Workplace Safer for Laborers.”
The two outstanding Pinay migrant workers received a trophy and cash prize of NT2,000 from the Taipei City Mayor.
Hou congratulated Kaguitla and Comilang, and the other awardees composed of seven Taipei City model workers, 191 outstanding workers, 11 outstanding general affairs personnel of unions, and 63 outstanding unions.
The Outstanding Migrant Worker Award is an annual ceremony of the New Taipei City Labor Affairs Department that honors legal foreign workers who have worked for at least one year in the city.
Taipei City, which has the biggest number of workers in Taiwan, considers these workers as “very important to the society regardless of which industries they came from and are the foundation of development by providing all kinds of essential services.”
Kaguitla, a factory worker in Taiwan for four years, was chosen for her good working attitude and for “extending help to those who are in need.” She served as a trainer in the various training programs of her company and initiated quality reforms in her company’s production line.
Comilang, a careworker, was honored for her patience and caring skills. She takes care of her employer’s grandmother who is suffering from dementia.
“She is kind and hardworking that is why all members of the family, neighbors, and friends like her,” POLO Taipei said.