To help raise money for her Filipina helper, a Singaporean employer made an appeal on her Facebook page, Asia Times said in a report citing a CNN Philippines update.
Twenty-nine members of the Filipina’s extended family were in a private jeepney traveling to a church in Manaoag in the early hours on Christmas Day when their vehicle figured in a head-on collision with a Partas bus on MacArthur Highway in the town of Agoo, La Union.
The accident resulted in the death of 20 of the passengers, including a five-month-old baby. The remaining nine others were rushed to the Agoo Family Hospital for treatment.
The employer, a 34-year-old interior designer, learnt about the tragedy from her maid – who has worked for her for four months – and decided to raise funds to ease financial burdens that her maid’s family now faces.
The bus company has pledged to pay a compensation of P15,000 for each of the fatality, less than the average cost for basic funeral services in the Philippines.
So far, the employer and her friends had raised and remitted S$757 (P28,383) to the Philippines. The fund raising effort continues.