DOLE assures aid to kin of 2 OFWs killed in UAE restaurant blast

– The has assured assistance and benefits to the families the two overseas Filipino (OFWs) who were killed in a explosion at a restaurant in Abu Dhabi, on Monday.

In a statement on Wednesday, Silvestre assured that the families of the victims, Bacud Gasis and Merriner Goc-ong Bertoces, each receive PHP120,000 bereavement assistance.

“They will also get benefits if they are qualified members of the (OWWA),” he .

The (POLO) in Abu Dhabi reported that a of 10 Filipinos, including two , figured in the explosion reportedly caused by a inside a Fried Chicken () restaurant along on August 31.

The explosion instantly killed Gasis, 39, from , and Bertoces, 26, an employee at the restaurant, from .

Also, Bello added that OWWA would be ready to provide additional allowed by to the families of the victims.

will extend to them the the government can provide,” he said.

The blast also injured eight other Filipinos. Six of them were immediately taken to the Sheik Khalifa Center (SKMC) for .

Five of the injured have already been discharged while the other one identified as Rodel Paclibar, also a KFC-Abu Dhabi staff member, remains at the for observation.

A total of 28 persons including other nationals were involved in the deadly blast, reports said.

Meanwhile, an of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the -Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant (CBCP-ECMI) urged the to continue to pray for all OFWs.

“We just our living heroes last August 31, they are our OFWs and the Medical front liners. we lost two OFWs in line of their works. We see the difficulties and dangers they are into and daily undergoing. , the more we have to pray for them, appreciate their sacrifices and , to protect themselves,” said Ruperto , vice of the CBCP-ECMI in a statement.

At the same , he offered prayers for the victims and their families.

“We, at CBCP-ECMI, commend their souls to ’s and we are praying for strength of their families to hold on to and up from this tragic event,” the Catholic prelate added.

Santos also lauded Filipino officials in the host for the extended to the victims and their families.

“We are also grateful for help and assistance rendered by our officials to our two OFWs and their families. always pray for our OFWs and do always what is for them,” he said. (PNA)

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