THE government is fast tracking the release of the benefits due the families of two overseas Filipino workers who died in a fire in Oman.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll ordered Overseas Workers Welfare Adminsitration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac to attend to the needs of the families left behind by OFWs Susan Padojinog and Emilia Bobo, who worked as hairstylists at the Golden Coast Trading.
The Philippine Overseas Labor Officials in Oman informed the relatives of the OFWs in South Cotabato and Quezon, of the tragic incident.
Reports said there were 22 workers, 15 were Filipinos, staying in the accommodation when it was engulfed by a fire last February 4.
Officials of POLO-OWWA and representatives of the OFWs’ foreign recruitment agency (FRA) in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, visited the OFWs who suffered minor injuries during the blaze.
Some 11 victims were confined at the Oman Royal Hospital, while one victim was brought to Oman Khoula Hospital for smoke inhalation.
However, the Filipino workers are now in stable condition.
The FRA paid for the victims’ hospital bills including medicines and laboratory results.