Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad lll, and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac headed the OWWA Repatriation Team in extending assistance to the bereaved family of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Irma A. Edloy, an alleged victim of rape and maltreatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. OFW Edloy was visited by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lll in her hospital bed when he was on official visit to KSA last August 2016.
The remains of OFW Edloy arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Sunday, 02 October 2016. The OWWA Team accompanied the family to its residence in Quezon City. Present too was a representative of OWWA during the conduct of the autopsy.
The 38-year-old OFW started working in Saudi Arabia in July this year as household service worker (HSW). She was an active OWWA member at the time of her death.
OFW Edloy’s family received from no less than Labor Secretary Bello the amount of P120,000.00 representing death and burial benefits early in September.
Aside from insurance and death benefits, spouse of OFW Edloy is entitled to receive P15,000.00 under the agency’s Expanded Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP). Likewise, one child/beneficiary of the deceased OFW is also eligible to avail of scholarship assistance in form of allowance of P5,000.00/year for elementary; P8,000.00/year for high school student; and P10,000.00/year for collegiate level. The beneficiary will continue to receive the educational assistance until the child finishes his/her studies.
"We are very sad to see an OFW who comes home in a coffin. More than the financial benefits and livelihood assistance OWWA extends to the bereaved family, we are hopeful that they can feel our sincere condolences, and we hope that one way or the other, they are able to cope with the unfortunate incident,” OWWA Administrator Cacdac said.