OFW in Saudi dies; group asks Embassy, OWWA to provide assistance

BED-ridden for three months due to tetanus, a  Filipino worker who was confined in a Saudi hospital expires yesterday at about 2:12 afternoon citing reports received by a Filipino migrant rights group.

His remains rests at Mouwasat Hospital’s morgue in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

On January 28, migrant rights group, Migrante-Middle East, called on the Philippine Embassy to provide assistance to a sick OFW who has been in hospital for quite some time and whose condition is deteriorating. He, based on the reports, hit a rusty metal while working.

The sick OFW was identified as Eduardo C. Vidal, 34, from Wao, Lanao del Sur province. He is working as a mechanic in a car shop in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Province. He arrived in the Kingdom in September 2008.

Vidal’s hospital bill has grown to approximately SR150,000 since January; “It may reached to SR.200,00 (roughly P2.3-M) hospital bills including other related medical,” Monterona added.

Monterona said: “We are properly coordinating with the PH embassy and POLO-OWWA to promptly attend all the formalities of his remains repatriation given that there is a standing huge hospital bills.”

Last month, his employer manifested willingness to help him. “But this time, we are not sure if his employer will stand by to his promise paying the incurred hospital bills or if it will give the end of service benefits of OFW Vidal,” Monterona added.

Monterona said: “A relative who is working in Bahrain had already been informed and his family in the Philippines; they are now in contact with Migrante Rights and welfare committee in Metro Manila to assist them for the repatriation of his remains and other formalities.”

“We are calling OWWA to provide the family the needed assistance such as burial and other family assistance welfare services,” Monterona said.


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