Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll expressed his condolences do the bereaved family of OFW Felma D. Maramag, household service worker (HSW) in Jordan, who was killed, along with her employer, on 05 February 2017. The Secretary instructed OWWA Administrator Leo Hans J. Cacdac to facilitate the release of the benefits to the family of the OFW.
OFW Maramag’s human remains were repatriated on Saturday, 18 February from Jordan, with connecting flight to Tuguegarao yesterday, Sunday, 19 February. Airport assistance, including documentation processes, was extended to the family of the deceased by the OWWA Region 2 officials, who likewise attended the wake of the late Filipino migrant worker.
In the initial report submitted by the Philippine Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to the Department of Foreign Affairs, copy furnished POLO/OWWA, the bodies of the two victims were discovered by a police officer upon responding to a call from the Civil Defense Directorate of Jordan regarding a fire where the deceased OFW was employed. The police officer, the report added, brought the bodies of the two to the hospital. Upon autopsy, it would reveal that the OFW died due to blunt force trauma to the head. OFW Maramag also sustained a stab wound on the head, a broken skull, and bruises all over her body.
Per the directive of Secretary Silvestre Bello, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OWWA, the family of the OFW victim was assured of full benefits due them at the soonest time to help the family cope with the loss of their loved one.
The family of the murdered OFW is entitled to avail of the full coverage accorded to an active member of the agency which includes P200,000.00 as death benefit, P20,000.00 as burial assistance, scholarship for the 15 year-old-daughter, livelihood assistance amounting to P15,000.00 for the surviving spouse.
The murder occurred one day after Maramag celebrated her 36th birthday on 04 February. Her two years contract in Jordan would have been completed by next month. She will be interred on 28 February.