MANILA, Philippines – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is extending assistance to the families of two Filipinos who perished in a fire in Macau.
A report from the POLO in Macau showed two OFWs were confirmed dead in a fire incident at a building in Ponte 16, Macau.
The male and female victims were both from Pangasinan. The female worked as a household service worker, while the male worked as a waiter.
The relatives of the OFWs have asked the assistance of the OWWA in repatriating their kin’s remains.
OWWA said it is now coordinating with POLO in Macau for the arrangement of the return of the bodies of the OFWs.
It noted that one of the fatalities is an OWWA member, while the other one has no record at the OWWA.
OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said families of OFWs who are active members of the OWWA and who died due to accident are entitled to death and burial benefits of P220,000.
The families are also eligible to avail of the OWWA Education and Livelihood Assistance Program, a scholarship/livelihood grant for a qualified dependent of an active OWWA member. OWWA livelihood assistance is P15,000, while educational assistance is P5,000 for elementary; P8,000 for high school; and P10,000 for college until the dependent finishes college education.