• Melo Acuna

Repatriation of Filipino victims' remains assured

Preparations made for the repatriation of remains of Filipino casualties in Abu Dhabi explosion

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the remains of two Filipinos who died at the gas leak explosion in Abu Dhabi last August 31 will soon be transported to Manila.

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi said the preparations are being made after the clearances have been issued the UAE authorities. Embassy officials and representatives from the DFA and DOLE are working with the families of the casualties for the acceptance of the remains.

The DFA-DOLE composite team visited one of the families in their hometown with Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana met with the widow and brother of the other deceased Filipino in Abu Dhabi.

According to the DFA, the Embassy arranged the viewing of the of the remains by family members while monitoring discussions between the families of the deceased and their employers. Death benefits will also be extended by their respective employers as well as the Philippine government.

Ambassador Quintana said she talked with a Filipino currently confined to a hospital and was told the patient will soon be discharged from the hospital.

In their statement, the DFA said they have already extended their sincere appreciation to the UAE government for their efforts affected Filipinos still get the needed professional care. The Filipino community was also cited for providing prayers and expressions of support to the families of the victims. (Melo M. Acuna)


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