Last year we lost one of our sales supervisors at Makati Ford to stroke. And recently, we lost a young female employee from Ford Cainta.
According to Oyen, our employees had their annual physical check-ups and there were health issues found on the girl’s test results. On March 26 she told Vicky, her immediate boss, that she was taking a leave of absence to get additional medical tests and any required treatment.
She wasn’t able to go back to the doctor because of the lockdown. Come Easter Sunday, she started feeling chest pains and was having a continuous nose bleed. Her mother brought her to the hospital but none could accommodate her due to the non-availability of hospital beds. All the hospitals they went to rejected her due to full capacity. The next day they found a hospital in Tagaytay City but she collapsed before reaching the hospital. She was dead on arrival.
She has two younger brothers and Ford Cainta was her first job. Nakakalungkot talaga.
She is a covid-collateral. Meaning, the hospitals were full of covid patients so they could not admit her. Had the first hospital she was brought to gave her immediate medical care, she would have lived. She was only 24.
Oyen organized an online memorial for her with her mother and her two brothers. It was so sad.
When Oyen was telling me the story, my first question was, “Anak, did we give abuloy?”
Yes. Aside from her remaining salary and benefits, Oyen added some more. And the biggest good news was Oyen was able to get our employees term life insurance. The girl’s name was included in the master list of employees covered. I told Oyen, the money will not certainly bring her back to her mom and brothers but the amount they will receive hopefully kahit papaano will help ease the pain of losing a breadwinner.