By Prince Golez
The government greenlighted the plan of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to bring home the remains of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“Sinuportahan ng IATF ang DOLE at ang DFA sa desisyon na pauwiin ang lahat ng mga OFWs na namatay dahil sa Covid-19,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online press briefing Friday.
Saudi Arabia earlier gave the Philippines 72 hours to bring home the remains of 287 deceased Filipinos. Based on this figure, 107 succumbed to Covid-19 while 190 died of other natural causes.
Last Sunday, Roque said that the remains of the 50 OFWs who died from the virus will be buried in the Middle Eastern country as cremation is not allowed there.
But, families of the departed OFWs appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases for the repatriation of their remains.