MANILA – The family of an overseas Filipino worker who was killed in Libya received the full benefits due him for being an active member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
OWWA Chief Rebecca Calzado did not give other details about the slain OFW except that he was killed while traversing with colleagues in war-torn Libya.
“As part of our policy with regard to welfare and well-being of the family of the OFWs, specifically the slain OFW in Libya, OWWA will continue to adhere to the wife's request not to disclose the identity of her family,” said OWWA chief Rebecca Calzado.
The OFW is survived by his wife and their seven children.
"We sincerely sympathize with the family of our `kababayan' as his dreams were cut short due to the chaotic situation in Libya. Kaya nga po panay ang panawagan ng ating gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan sa Libya na magsiuwi na sa bansa for their safety,” Calzado said.
Families of active OWWA members at the time of death are extended full package of social benefits that include insurance and death benefits as well as scholarship and livelihood assistance to surviving spouse, if the OFW is married, or parent, or if the OFW is single.
Calzado added that part of OWWA’s program and services is to provide stress debriefing to the families of OFWs who had similar experiences.
"Para kahit kaunti ay maibsan ang kanilang dalahin sanhi ng mga ganitong pangyayari," she said.