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DSWD condoles, renders aid to family of 4th OFW killed in Israel-Hamas conflict

4th OFW killed in Israel-Hamas conflict
A team of social workers from the Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 3 (Central Luzon) visited and handed out on Thursday (October 19) cash assistance to the loved ones of Grace Cabrera, the fourth overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who perished in the Israel-Hamas conflict. The social workers led by Social Welfare Officer (SWO) II Krista Dimaun also conducted initial psychosocial support to the bereaved family in Pampanga to help them cope with their traumatic experience on the death of their beloved Grace. The DSWD social workers assured the family members that the FO-3 is ready to provide them with other appropriate interventions as they go through this difficult period in their lives.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office 3 (Central Luzon,) has condoled and gave financial assistance to the family of a Filipina caregiver who was the fourth overseas Filipino worker (OFW) killed in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

In a report to DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian, Central Luzon Regional Director Venus Rebuldela said FO-3 social workers led by SWO II Krista Dumaun visited the immediate family of Grace Prodrigo Cabrera on October 19 and handed the Php10,000 in financial support.

Grace hails from Apalit, Pampanga and worked as a caregiver in Israel for many years. She was one of the casualties when Hamas militants launched a surprise attack at the Gaza border in Southern Israel.

Aside from the Php10,000 financial aid to the family of Grace, community-based social workers will also remain in contact with the family members to provide psychosocial support for the bereaved family, according to Asst. Secretary for Strategic Communications Romel Lopez.

“Furthermore, the sister of Grace who is also a caregiver in Israel, will help identify the remains of the fallen OFW to expedite the repatriation of her remains from Israel to the Philippines,” Asst. Sec. Lopez, who is also DSWD spokesperson, said.

“We will also explore possible livelihood assistance for the family through our Sustainable Livelihood Program as long-term assistance,” the DSWD spokesperson added.

Asst. Sec. Lopez said the DSWD will work with appropriate agencies to ensure that the family of Grace receives the necessary interventions, and that “the Department is dedicated to provide every help to support the families of our OFWs who were killed in Israel.”

“Rest assured that the DSWD will be delivering necessary support to the family of the deceased in order to alleviate the impact of this unfortunate event,” Asst. Sec. Lopez said.

The DSWD Field Office 3 had earlier reached out to the family of 42-year-old Paul Vincent Castelvi who was also killed in the October 7 Hamas attack. The family of the slain OFW is based in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The DSWD Field Office-1 (Ilocos Region) also rendered assistance to the family of the slain 32-year-old nurse Angeline Aguirre who was killed after she refused to leave her elderly Israeli patient. The Filipina nurse hails from Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, the DSWD Field Office 6 (Western Visayas) assisted the family of slain Negrense Loreta Alacre whose remains arrived on Saturday (Oct. 21) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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