A Filipino nurse working in the United Kingdom is among those who was given the British Empire Medal under the government’s New Year Honours.
Charito Roman was honored last December 30 by the UK government for her “significant” work in a nursing home amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Many congratulations to Staff Nurse Charito Romano, from the Philippines, awarded a British Empire Medal in the NewYearsHonours for her outstanding work at Arbrook House Care Home in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Daniel Pruce, British Ambassador to the Philippines, in a social media post.
The medal is given to individuals who has provided “hands-on service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.”
The highlight of this year’s New Year Honours awarding is the knighting of seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. Anne Baker, a 106-year old fundraiser, and actress Sheila Hancock were also awarded this year.
The UK relies on Filipino nurses especially now that the country is still fighting surging Covid-19 cases. A new and more infectious of the Covid-19 variant is also spreading in UK.Also, over 700 Filipino health front-liners in the United Kingdom have so far been infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday. SOVEREIGNPH