OWWA XI provides assistance to the families of OFWs who died in Saipan

Davao City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XI Repatriation Team headed by Programs and Services Division OIC-Chief, Mr. Carmelo T. Elaya provided airport assistance to the surviving families of two (2) OFWs who died in Saipan.

OFWs Ricky S. Quijano, 47 and Amid L. Tapon, 41 were two (2) of the three (3) Filipinos who died after apparently breathing poisonous fumes in a manhole where they were working last July 7, 2017. They worked as plumbers under USA Fanter Corp. Ltd and tasked to commission the well for rehabilitation on the day they met the accident.

The remains of OFW Quijano arrived at the F. Bangoy International Airport in Davao City via Cebu Pacific flight number 5J 961 at 8:50 am while OFW Tapon arrived at around 10:15 am via the same airline with flight number 5J 563.

Both human remains were transported to St. Peter Toril for the necessary preparation of their wake.

As active members of OWWA, the families of both OFW availed of the death benefits under the Social Benefits program of OWWA. Each of them will receive Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos (P220,000.00) as death and burial benefits. Aside from this amount, a livelihood grant worth Fifteen Pesos (P15,000.00) will be given to the surviving spouse and a scholarship grant for the eldest children of the deceased OFWs.

The families of Quijano and Tapon expressed their sincere gratitude to OWWA for facilitating the immediate repatriation of the two (2) heads of the family. “We are so grateful that OWWA Davao quickly responded to our request. Through the assistance extended to us, we were able to give a decent burial to our father”, said Jeryl Quijano, the eldest daughter of OFW Quijano.

Ms. Fredelyn Tapon, wife of OFW Tapon, on the other hand, was thankful for the financial assistance provided by OWWA. “The assistance, especially the scholarship grant will be a great help to our daughter. I can now assure her education even in the absence of her father” said Fredelyn whose daughter is a kindergarten. Her daughter can avail of the scholarship until she finishes college.


OWWA XI Welfare Case Officer, Mr. Carmelo T. Elaya assisted the families of deceased OFWs.