Remains of 4 Pinoys killed in Algeria back in PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2013 10:21 AM | Updated as of Jan 30 2013 06:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The remains of the four of the eight Filipinos killed during a hostage crisis at a gas complex in Algeria arrived in Manila on Tuesday night.

The remains of the OFWs, who worked for the Japan Gas Corp., arrived at the Miascor Cargo Center at 10:30 p.m. from Doha, Qatar.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) declined to give the names of the victims at the request of their families.

No relatives were also seen waiting for the bodies at the airport.

Families of OFWs who were OWWA members at the time of their death will receive death and burial benefits of P220,000.

Social workers will also assist the bereaved families.

Assistance to Algeria OFWs

The government has allocated P100 million to help returning workers from Algeria and other countries establish alternative sources of income.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the amount is in addition to a P1-billion reintegration program.

"From our 2013 budget, we will allocate P50 million for the reintegration program, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will be allocating the same amount," she said.

Baldoz said the P100 million will be used for skills training and other services for returning workers displaced due to peace and order problems abroad or who have decided to stay in the country for good.

Baldoz said the government is also considering extending the same benefits to inactive members of OWWA.

“At this time, we are only offering loans from the P1-billion budget for active OWWA members, but with this budget, we hope to provide training even to inactive members,” she said.

Baldoz said the government is setting up a one-stop center for OFWs to secure all the necessary documents like those from the Social Security System. – with reports from The Phiilppine Star; Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News