THE family of a Filipino seaman who died in a freak accident onboard a cruise ship in New Zealand will receive more than P250,000 in cash benefits, the Department of Labor and Employment said.
The victim, Allan Navales, worked as a fitter mechanic on board M/S Emerald Princess, was reportedly killed when a lifeboat launcher gas canister that he was refilling exploded.
He died on the same day from multiple traumatic injuries. He was hired by a manning agency, the Magsaysay Maritime Corp.
Navales was an OWWA active member and his family is entitled to P220,000 as death benefit; P20,000 as burial assistance, scholarship for one child, and livelihood assistance of P15,000 for the surviving spouse. These benefits are on top of the assistance he will get from Magsaysay agency.