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OWWA Awards Benefits to Next-of-Kin of Seafarer Killed in Accident

February 26, 2017
OWWA Awards Benefits to Next-of-Kin of Seafarer Killed in Accident

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll expressed his condolences upon learning of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Filipino seafarer ALLAN A. NAVALES, who worked as a fitter mechanic onboard M/S Emerald Princess. Bello, Chairman of the OWWA Board of Trustees (BOT), immediately directed OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac to facilitate the release of the benefits due to the family of the late crew.  


In a report  submitted to OWWA Deputy Administrator  Brigido ‘Dodo’ Dulay by Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the sea-based worker’s manning agency, the accident occurred on 09 February as seafarer Navales  was seen refilling a gas bottle used as device in the launching of the lifeboat davits. The gas bottle supposedly exploded, inflicting multiple traumatic injuries on the seafarer, who was declared dead on the same day. Magsaysay added that it is still confirming the said report, and is closely coordinating with its principal to determine the veracity of the circumstances surrounding the death of the 32-year-old seaman. It was learned that this is the crew member’s third contract with the company.


The deceased OFW’s next-of-kin is eligible to receive the following benefits: P220,000.00 as death benefit; P20,000.00 as burial assistance, scholarship for one child, livelihood assistance of P15,000.00 for the surviving spouse. The benefits awarded to the family is over and above the benefits they will get from the seafarer’s manning agency.

OWWA Deputy Administrator for Operations Brigido Dulay handles the cheque amounting to Php 220,000.00 to the next of kin of deceased OFW Allan A. Navales.