Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday prodded the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to ensure swift assistance to the families of the overseas Filipino workers killed in an accident in Saudi Arabia.
At least 11 Filipino workers perished in Al-Asha, a province in Eastern Saudi Arabia, when a delivery truck rammed the coaster they were riding on the way to their barracks.
Marcos said the DFA should immediately complete all the requirements so the 11 bodies can be repatriated as soon as possible.
He said the OWWA should ensure the speedy release of all assistance for the family of the deceased OFWs and for those who were injured,” Marcos said.
“It is in this time of distress of the families of the killed OFWs when they need most to feel the government really cares for them,” said Marcos.
“It grieves us that they met this tragic fate while striving for a better future for their families back home. The last thing we want to hear now are complaints the government is not doing enough to help them,” he added.
Marcos said the family of a deceased OWWA member is entitled to receive P220,000 in total financial assistance if an accident is the cause of death.
Also per OWWA, survivors of a deceased OFW are also entitled to educational assistance amounting to P5,000.00 for elementary; P8,000.00 for high school and P10,000.00 for college per school year, while livelihood assistance amounting to P15,000.00 is also given to the surviving spouse.”
He said the government should adopt an aggressive job generation program so Filipinos will no longer have to leave the country just to find a job to support the needs of their families.
If he wins as vice president in the 2016 elections and be asked for a portfolio, Marcos said he would choose the Department of Labor and Employment because he has concrete plans to improve job generation while initiating better protection for the country’s laborers.