MANILA - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Wednesday said it will give monetary assistance to the families of eight seafarers who were lost at sea in February.
OWWA administrator Hans Cacdac Jr. revealed that only four of the missing seafarers are OWWA members.
"Magkakaroon ng P100,000 each ang pamilya nung 4 na OWWA members and may psycho-social counseling na ibibigay in coordination with Ugat Foundation sa Ateneo; and pangalawa, yung training and livelihood assistance sa mga pamilya nila kasama na rin doon ang Tuloy Aral benefit ng OWWA para sa mga anak," Cacdac said during the year-end press conference of the Department of Labor and Employment.
The missing seafarers are: Master Cesar Guadalupe, Chief Mate Alfredo Getigan, AB Jerry Cabag, AB Aaron Solangon, Chief Engineer Canoyos Tandog, 3rd Marine Engineer Patrio Naciongayo, Oiler Donimmer Tandog and Oiler Roque de Guzman.
They were the crew on board MT Rokku Maru.
The vessel left the port of Busan in South Korea for Iligan in the Philippines on January 21. The last radio communication it transmitted was on January 24th.
The vessel and its crew never made it to the Philippines. The vessel is believed to have sunk.
Meanwhile, Cacdac said the families of the remaining four missing seafarers will also receive financial aid.
"DOLE and DFA have also agreed to come on board with their counterpart of P100-K for the four other seafarers," he said.