Friday, September 4, 2009

OFW remains at Saudi hospital for a month now

OFW remains at Saudi hospital for a month now;
OFW group urges RP post to arrange repatriation of remains

Press Release
4 September 2009

An alliance of Overseas Filipino workers’ organizations based in the Middle East today said it has received reports from its chapter in Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia about an OFW whose remains is at hospital’s morgue.

“The information we have received from KGS-Migrante Al Jouf chapter Chairperson Romeo Villacarlos is that the remains of a certain OFW Danny Pacion is still at a morgue in Qurrayat, a city near the borders of Saudi Arabia and Jordan,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

According to Monterona, KGS-Migrante Al Jouf Chairperson Villacarlos called him yesterday and informed him that the remains of OFW Danny Pacion were still at a morgue for more than a month now.

Villacarlos said OFW Danny Pacion, on his mid-30’s, died due to heart attacked while he was sleeping sometime in August 2009 at their camp site in Qurrayat, near the borders of Saudi and Jordan.

It was learned that OFW Pacion is working as a loader operator for M/s. Al Rashid Trading and Contracting Co. receiving a monthly salary of 1,200 Saudi riyals. He was deployed by Nawras recruitment and placement agency located in Ermita, Manila sometime in the last quarter of 2007.

“Based on the limited information we got, we are calling the attention of the Philippine Embassy-Assistant to the Nationals Section to validate this information so that the family and relatives of said OFW will be informed accordingly,” Monterona said.

Monterona is also urging the Philippine Embassy-Assistant to the Nationals Section to immediately arrange the repatriation of the OFWs remains and belongings.

“We are also calling OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon to extend assistance to the family such as burial assistance, among other assistance due him right after the deceased OFW’s family is informed and advise them accordingly,” Monterona ended. # # #

John Leonard Monterona
Migrante Middle East regional coordinator
Mobile No.: 00966 564 97 8012

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