Family of Filipino sailor who died in New Zealand gets benefits


MANILA – The family of a Filipino seafarer who died in an accident on board a cruise ship in New Zealand received financial assistance from two Philippine government agencies this week, an official said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have prioritized the immediate release of benefits and assistance to the family of Allan Naveles, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“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 was reportedly killed on February 9 when a lifeboat launcher gas canister that he was refilling exploded. He died instantly from multiple traumatic injuries. He had worked as a fitter mechanic on board the cruise ship M/S Emerald Princess.

His family is entitled to a P220,000 death benefit, P20,000 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 the cruise ship company. PR/DOLE


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