OWWA Vigilant on Status of 7 Missing OFWs from Sunken Korean Vessel

With three member-OFWs confirmed dead and three OFWs who survived, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is on standby for the plight of the seven OFWs still missing as of December 5.

Eleven of the OFWs are active members of the welfare agency. They were deployed early this year by three manning agencies namely, Crewlink Incorporated, Benhur Shipping Corporation and Falcon Maritime & Allied Services, Inc.

Jessie Alovera Londres, the lone Filipino casualty named so far, was deployed by Crewlink Incorporated.

Rescued OFWs Rowell Cantuba Aljecera, Micol Insigne Sabay and Teddu Zumarraga Parangue Jr. are said to be in good condition, per report by POLO-Korea relayed to OWWA.

OWWA Officer-in-Charge Josefino I. Torres said the agency is saddened by the fate of the seabased-OFWs. He said the agency extends its sympathy to the families of the sea-based OFWs.

OIC Torres assured the families of OWWA assistance in expediting the repatriation of the member-OFWs’ human remains. Their legal dependents will also receive death and burial benefits amounting to Php 220,000 and livelihood assistance package worth Php 15,000 to assist them in coping with the departure of their fatalities.

Educational assistance is also part of the social benefits package depending on the status of the deceased member-OFWs.

The 13 OFWs were part of the 60 crew manning the ill-fated Korean vessel Oryong 501 that sank in Bering Sea on December 1, 2014.

(Source: Manila Times)

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