AT LEAST 15 Filipino migrant workers were hurt in the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan last week, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

In a statement, the DMW said all 15 of the Filipinos received initial medical treatment and have been discharged, adding that they are recovering in their respective medical dormitories.

“The DMW, through its Migrant Workers Offices in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung, is working closely with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) led by Chairman Silvestre H. Bello III in monitoring the situation of and helping our OFWs in the aftermath of the earthquake,” it said.

The agency also gave the injured Filipinos P30,000 each in financial aid as well as food packs among other supplies.

The Taiwan quake, the strongest in 25 years, killed at least seven people and injured more than 700, according to Taiwan’s fire bureau.

Taiwan is just 376 kilometers away from the northernmost Philippine province of Batanes. — John Victor D. Ordoñez