October 2, 2019 

The labor department extends its sympathies to the families of the Filipino workers who perished on board a fishing vessel crushed by a collapsed bridge in Nanfang-ao, Yilan County, Taiwan on Tuesday.

The workers were identified as Andree Abregana Serencio and Gorge Jagmis Impang were confirmed dead, while another worker, Romulo Ilustrisimo Escalicas Jr. remains missing. The search and retrieval operation is still on-going on the site of the accident.

Five other Filipino workers were injured and were brought to the hospital for immediate treatment and medical attention. They are Julio S. Gimawa, Jason N. Villaruel, Allan H. Alcansano, John Vicente Royo and June B. Flores.

Officials at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office visited the victims at the hospital and provided their immediate needs and personal requirements.

The Philippine labor office in Taiwan is also facilitating the repatriation of the remains of Serencio and Impang.

On instructions of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, all possible assistance will be extended to the family of those killed in the incident. Death and other benefits will also be provided.

Scholarship benefits will be extended to the victims’ children.

POLO Taiwan is on top of the situation and providing necessary and extended assistance to the affected workers and their families to recover from the unfortunate incident. ###



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