By Analou de Vera
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday has provided financial and livelihood assistance to the families of five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who were killed in a vehicular accident in Apalit, Pampanga recently.
The families received P200,000 financial assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
“Plus, they are entitled to livelihood assistance and then again their children, if there are any, will be covered with scholarship program,” assured Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The bereaved families were also given financial and insurance assistance by the recruitment agencies–First Personnel Services Inc. and Sir Prince Global Manpower Services Inc., both located in Makati City.
Mrs. Josefina Flores, the mother of one of the victims, expressed her gratitude for the assistance they had received. She said that she will use the money to fix their home in Pangasinan province and for the education of her daughter’s five children, since these are the purpose of the latter why she wanted to work abroad.
To note, the accident occurred last March 23. The victims were headed to Clark International Airport to catch a flight going to Middle East when their vehicle lost control while traversing the northbound lane of North Luzon Expressway in Apalit, Pampanga.
Aside from the fatalities, ten others were injured during the accident.
The labor chief also assured that they will be extending financial and livelihood assistance to those who were injured in the accident.