Help pours for honest Hongkong OFW
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (8 June) -- "I did not know that what I did will help us," expressed Mildred Perez Bunde, 38 in a statement aired over DWRV radio station here.
Mildred, contacted through a cellphone by Rachel Magday, host of the radio program "Damdamag Kongreso" was sobbing in tears as she expressed her gratitude for the assistance they are receiving.
Mildred who returned P2.1 million cash and checks to its owner in Hongkong after discovering it inside a garbage bin in one of her rounds is now the object of politicians and other personalities who wanted to offer help for her family.
Representative Carlos Padilla said the P100,000 which he pledged as an award for Mildred was already approved and ready to be released aside from the commendation for Mildred's unusual display of honesty in a foreign land.
Senator Chiz Escudero also gave assistance for the education of Mildred's children.
Other politicians in the province also poured their support such as governor Luisa Cuaresma and the provincial board who allotted P50,000 as an initial assistance for Mildred's family and issued a commendation for her honesty. Mayor Benjamin Cuaresma of this town also pledged assistance to her family.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Padilla said also approved their request for educational assistance for Mildred's son and daughter Norabel, 16.
Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here also offered Eddie, 37 of a job after learning his plight as a part time tricycle driver and farmer in their village.
"Thank you very much for your concern. We hope that these forms of assistance will be realized. Nonetheless, we are continuing our usual way of life," Eddie said.
Eddie ply the streets in this town to earn money, using a tricycle bought by Andres Perez, Mildred's father.
He said Mildred's father bought the tricycle so that they can have a mode of transportation in going to the town's poblacion during important occasions.
"We have proven that we really reap what we have planted," said Mildred's mother Erna (not Melda as earlier reported).
Mildred belong to the Isinai tribe in this town, a tribe known for their virtue of honesty. (PIA) [top]