- The family of Joanna Demafelis has been given P600K in financial assistance
- Other agencies have also offered assistance out of humanitarian sympathy
- OWWA is likewise planning to complete the construction of Joanna’s ‘dream house’
MANILA, Philippines – The family of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait early this month, has received, so far P600,000 in financial assistance from the government; this was divulged by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the Senate hearing on Wednesday.
According to Bello, the Demafelis family has received P300,000 as death benefit, P200,000 as livelihood assistance, and an additional P100,000 as educational assistance from the government.
Also, there are still some agencies who have offered to provide more assistance out of humanitarian sympathy, Bello said.
And since Joanna was unable to complete the construction of the ‘dream house’ which she has funded from her earnings as OFW, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) might also provide funds to finally finish it.
“OWWA is also thinking of completing the house para matapos ‘yung panaginip ni OFW Joanna. ‘Yung bahay na inumpisahan niya, kung di man natapos dahil sa kaniyang kamatayan, will be completed even after her death,” Bello said.
[OWWA is also thinking of completing the house to fulfill Joanna’s dream. The house which she started, while she was unable to finish it, will be completed even after her death.]
Bello also admitted Demafelis has been reported missing by her sister as early as January 2017, but no immediate action were taken by the welfare officers in Kuwait.
“Reason for which we didn’t find out about the disappearance and eventual death of OFW Demafelis until her frozen body was discovered,” said Bello.
The Labor chief added he has since ordered for the recall of the welfare officer, labor attache and assistant labor attache in the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.