Philippine embassy follows on benefits to send bodies home

March 03, 2014 - 3:31:24 am
DOHA: The Philippine embassy is coordinating with concerned parties to repatriate the bodies of two Filipinos who perished in the gas tank blast at the Istanbul Restaurant on Thursday.

Ambassador Crescente R Relacion said the embassy is sparing no effort to assist in claiming the benefits of the victims and repatriate their bodies.

“We are following up death benefits, unpaid wages and other entitlements from their companies,” Relacion told this daily yesterday.

However, he said since the two died an unnatural death, it would take sometime to send their bodies home as authorities are still investigating the accident.

Documents are to be processed before the bodies are repatriated and it takes around a week in case it is a natural death, but in case of unnatural cause of death it might take another week in view of the ongoing probe, he said.

The Qatari government has shown keen interest to help victims’ families, he said. 

“They have asked Philippine Overseas Labour Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) as to what help they can provide for the families,” he added.

Charlie de Castro and Romar Fadujilao, who were working as merchandisers in a shop beside the Turkish restaurant, were among the 11 who died in the explosion. One of them, a registered OWWA member, is entitled to death benefits and burial assistance involving 220,000 pesos from the Philippine government, according to Relacion. Filipinos Philip Joy Reyes and Frederick Pisano, who were among the 35 injured, are still in Hamad General Hospital but stable. The next of kin of four victims have been informed of the accident, he said. TThe Peninsula