The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended benefits and financial assistance to the family of a Filipino seafarer who died in an accident on board a cruise ship in New Zealand on February 9.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said DOLE-OWWA has prioritized the immediate release of benefits and assistance to the family of the victim Allan Navales.
“We hope that the immediate assistance and efforts of the government will lighten the burden of the family and ease their grief,” Bello said.
Navales worked as a fitter mechanic on board the cruise ship M/S Emerald Princess, under the agency Magsaysay Maritime Corporation. He was reportedly killed when a lifeboat launcher gas canister that he was refilling exploded. He died on the same day from multiple traumatic injuries.
As an active OWWA member, Navales’ family is entitled to P220,000 as death benefit; P20,000 as burial assistance, scholarship for one child, and livelihood assistance of P15,000 for the surviving spouse. These benefits are on top of the assistance he will get from Magsaysay agency.