- Charito Romano was awarded the British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth
- Her efforts as a medical frontliner was recognized by the British government
- Earlier, another Filipina nurse Minnie Klepacz received the same award
A Filipina nurse was recently awarded the British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth for her contributions as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charito Romano was among the individuals awarded with medals at the annual New Year Honours list. She received the British Empire Medal (BEM) by Queen Elizabeth. The prestigious award is given to individuals for their “hands-on” service to the local community. It could be for long-term charity works or activities that had made a huge impact in their community.
A staff nurse at the Arbrook House Care Home in Esher, United Kingdom (UK), Charito was recognized for her efforts and contributions as a medical frontliner.
British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce took to Twitter to congratulate the Filipina nurse and cited her “outstanding” services to nursing care in Surrey.
“Many congratulations to Staff Nurse Charito Romano, from the Philippines, (she had been) awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours for her outstanding work at Arbrook House Care Home in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the envoy said.
As expected, Charito was lauded by her “kababayans” all over the world online for her outstanding work.
Last October, another Filipina nurse Minnie Klepacz received the same award. She is the matron for ophthalmology at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She also leads the ho
spital’s Black Asian Minority Ethnic Network.
According to a March 2019 report on the NHS’ (National Health Service) workplace diversity, the Philippine Embassy in the UK noted how over 19,000 Filipinos work for their country’s public health system. Many work as medical professionals such as nurses and allied health professionals or as support staff.