MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino advocate of caregiver’s rights in Canada recently received the Diamond Jubilee medal of distinction as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto.
Merfa Yap-Bataclan was cited for her tireless dedication in advocating for the rights and privileges of caregivers serving the Canadian society.
The medal presentation in Toronto was hosted by Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources at the VIP house of the Canadian Forces.
As volunteer counselor and advocate, Bataclan has been advocating at the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and also at the Ministry of Labor since 2007 while she was just a new immigrant.
Bataclan campaigned for changes in policies and regulations which resulted in some amendments made in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) of the Federal Government in 2010, and some new procedures in resolving labor-relations issues with the Ontario Ministry of Labor.
Now, as a Canadian citizen, she continues to voluntarily serve the Filipino-Canadian community particularly women, children and families in crisis through a non profit, charitable organization called the Filipino-Canadian Community House.
Bataclan also serves the Handmaids of the Lord Prayer Group of Canada and is a team member of The Rosary Apostolate of the Virgin Mary which promotes and teaches facts about the Catholic Faith in Catholic schools.
Other Pinoy recipients of the Diamond Jubilee medals in Toronto were Tobias Enverga and Maria Guiao.