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DOLE to help families of Abu Dhabi gas explosion victims

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The Department of Labor and Employment will provide P120,000 bereavement assistance to the families of two overseas Filipino workers who were killed in a gas explosion in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the families of victims Clark Bacud Gasis and Merriner Goc-ong Bertoces will each receive P120,000 bereavement assistance from the government.

“They will also get insurance benefits if they are qualified members of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration,” Bello added.

Bello said OWWA would be ready to provide more aid allowed by law to the families of the victims. “We will extend to them all the support the government can provide,” he added.

A report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office  in Abu Dhabi said a total of 10 Filipinos, including two children, figured in the deadly accident reportedly caused by a gas leak inside a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant along Airport Road on August 31.

The explosion instantly killed Gasis, 39, an electrical draughtsman from Surigao del Sur, and Bertoces, 26, a KFC—Abu Dhabi employee from Negros Oriental.

The blast also caused injuries to eight other Filipinos. Six of them were immediately taken to the Sheik Khalifa Medical Center for treatment. Five of the injured have already been discharged while the other one identified as Rodel Paclibar remained at the hospital for further observation.

When visited and interviewed by POLO officials at SKMC, Paclibar, also a KFC-Abu Dhabi staff, said he was relaying to his supervisor the condition of the gas tank when the blast happened.

Meanwhile, POLO officers also gathered that two Filipino children—a two-month old and three-month old–were also hurt in the incident but are out of danger.

A total of 28 persons including other nationals were involved in the deadly blast, reports said.

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