Yati (left) with her elderly employer, and Ho Thi Trang with her employer. Photo: hccg.gov.tw

Twenty migrant workers in Hsinchu, Taiwan, were selected to be role model workers by the city’s government and shall be awarded at a ceremony on April 28 before the May 1 International Workers’ Day.

According to the Lin Chih-chien, the Mayor of Hsinchu, there are more than 16,000 migrant workers in Taiwan. He said he was grateful for their manpower which had alleviated the shortage of labor, in particular the social welfare sector, The Liberty Times reported.

One of the awardees is Yati, an experienced domestic caregiver from Indonesia who has worked in Taiwan for more than 11 years. Three years ago, she started working for the Lee family, looking after their elderly mother.

Back then, the 92-year-old woman was admitted to the Hsin-Chu Branch of the National Taiwan University Hospital with pneumonia, and Yati and the Lee’s children took turns caring for her.

The extensive care by Yati helped the mother make a speedy recovery in 22 days. Medical practitioners and nurses were impressed by her efforts. The Lee family told the media they were fortunate to have met Yati, who is kind and caring to everyone. She also cares for other elderly persons in the neighborhood.

Another recipient is Ho Thi Trang from Vietnam, who has been working at the Yuanming bakery for more than five years. According to her employer, she is indispensable to the company as is very proactive at work and makes very good suggestions for pushing the factory’s quality and productivity.

In addition, being proficient in Chinese, Ho often helps out her compatriots by serving as an interpreter.

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