THE government through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will extend full assistance to the families of seven Filipinos who were victims of terrorist attack in Yemen.
OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the agency was directed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to provide help to the families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who died from the blast.
On December 5, a vehicle without any warning, barged into the Yemen Defense Ministry Complex in the center of the Sana’a, Yemen’s capital.
The vehicle, which was laden with explosives, suddenly blew up killing 52 people, among them seven Filipinos.
According to reports, around 170 people were injured in the fatal incident.
The explosion was followed by gunfire between gunmen wearing army fatigues and the ministry guards.
According to Dimzon, the families of the OFWs will receive death and burial benefits of P220,000 and a livelihood assistance amounting to P15,000 to the surviving spouse/parent.
The families are also eligible to avail of the Agency’s Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP). ELAP is a scholarship grant for a qualified dependent of the active OWWA (if married, son or daughter; if single, brother or sister).
Apart from the seven fatalities, at least 20 more OFWs were injured in the incident but are now in safe and stable condition.
She said the OWWA Repatriation Team will be at the airport to extend necessary assistance to facilitate the release of the human remains.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO