The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) extended financial and livelihood assistance to the family of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was killed in Jordan on February 5.


Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III personally handed over the financial assistance to Natividad Dalupang, mother of the victim Felma Dalupang Maramag, and pledged the governments’ support for her family.


“Felma is one of the modern heroes of this generation. She should be honored for her sacrifices to provide better living for her family. We are extending our deepest condolences to Maramag’s family and are praying for their good welfare,” Bello said.


Since Felma is an active member of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, her family received P220,000 financial assistance and scholarship assistance for her daughter Angelica from OWWA; P50,000 from the recruitment agency, and P500,000 in life insurance.


OWWA will also provide livelihood assistance to Natividad as part of the benefits of Maramag from the agency.


Bello had initially directed OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac to fast track the release of benefits and assistance to the family of Maramag for them to continue with their lives despite the untoward incident.


The agency will also be coordinating with the family of Maramag regarding the release of the victim’s savings in the bank amounting to P200,000.


Maramag’s remains have been transported to her province in Tuguegarao City and will be interred on February 28, 2017.


It can be recalled that the dead bodies of Maramag and her employer were discovered by a police officer upon responding to a call regarding a fire in the place where the deceased OFW was employed. An autopsy report revealed that the OFW sustained a stab wound on the head, a broken skull due to blunt force trauma, and bruises all over her body.


#Paul Ang

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