Issue of September 13, 2020
Mt. Province
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OWWA helps family bring home deceased Baguio OFW
by Carlito C. Dar / PIA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional office, in partnership with the city government of Baguio, helped bring home to Baguio the repatriated remains of an overseas Filipino worker who died in Saudi Arabia due to the Covid-19 infection.

OWWA Regional Director Manuela Peña and designated Supervising Administrative Officer Edgar Melchor Laigo, along with Mayor Benjamin Magalong, turned over to the family of the OFW the P120,000 financial assistance as OWWA-active member at the City Mayor’s Office last Sept. 4.

The OFW died last July 5 in Saudi Arabia and the remains was repatriated last Aug. 26. An immediate relief assistance of P10,000 was also previously given to the bereaved family.  

As an active OWWA member, the family is also entitled to P15,000 livelihood assistance and the eldest child will also be given a P10,000 educational assistance per year.

Peña expressed gratitude to Magalong for the city government’s support in the repatriation of OFW’s remains.

“The support of the city government played and continues to play an important role in the fast and safe emergency repatriation of our OFWs, in this case, the bringing home of the body of a beloved father of the family. We can only work together to ensure that OFWs and their families are assisted well,” Peña said.

OWWA-CAR data shows there are 10 requests for repatriation from kin of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia – two from Benguet, five from Baguio City, and one each from Ifugao, Kalinga, Abra, and Apayao. As of Sept. 8, six have already been repatriated.

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