Family of OFW killed in Doha fire seeks help

by Lalaine Bolongon, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at May 29 2012 10:59 PM | Updated as of May 31 2012 04:41 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The family of Julie Ann Soco, one of the victims in a fire that hit a mall in Doha, Qatar, is seeking help for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

The regional director of the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) said authorities will help the family of Soco in fast-tracking the repatriation of her remains even if she's not an active member of the agency.

The 25-year-old Soco was a native of Barangay Rosary Heights 2, Cotabato City.

She worked as an assistant teacher in Gympanzee Nursery School in Villagio Mall in Doha, Qatar for almost two years.

According to Soco’s aunt Luzviminda, the victim called her up past 4 p.m. Monday asking for help.

Luzviminda said it was the last conversation she had with Soco before she died.

Margie Yecyec and Maribel Orosco-Aban, both overseas Filipino workers, were also killed in the fire due to asphyxiation.