The Filipino community in Hong Kong has lost one of its most dedicated leaders. Rosanna Perido, a domestic worker and agriculture trainer, passed away at her home in Indang, Cavite, in the Philippines on Sept. 6, sunwebhk.com reported.

The cause of her death was not immediately known, but some of her closest friends said Perido had been diagnosed with lung cancer. She was taken to hospital after complaining of shortness of breath and stayed there for about two weeks before asking to go home. She had been home for only four days when she passed away.

Staff at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said Perido was escorted on the flight home by a doctor and staff from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The 50-year-old, who had reportedly worked for the same employer for 18 years, had been a volunteer trainer in the agriculture livelihood course of POLO/OWWA for the past 12 years.

People who knew or trained under Perido were shocked and saddened to hear of her death.

Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre, who had worked closely with Perido on several agri-based livelihood seminars at POLO, went on Facebook to express his grief over her death. He added that her deep interest in farming and her concerns for the welfare of domestic workers will be missed.

Labor Attaché Nida Romulo also expressed shock at the news said she was impressed by Perido’s knowledge of modern agriculture, including how to optimize production.

At least 240 trainees graduated from the agricultural livelihood course a month under Perido’s teaching, which means an average of 2,880 trainees graduates in one year.