ILL-FATED PLANE. The high-tech Air France jet flight 447 was last heard encountering turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean after flying into bad weather. AP file photoMANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has released P220,000 in benefits to the family of the Filipino seafarer who was on board the ill-fated Air France flight 447.
In a statement, OWWA chief Carmelita Dimzon said that she personally gave the money to the family of Filipino seaman Arden Jugueta, one of the passengers of the Air France 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last May 31.
Jugueta was on a 12-hour flight on board the French aircraft when it was on its way to Paris, the point where he was supposed to take a connecting flight to the Philippines.
And although his remains have yet to be recovered, Dimzon said OWWA opted to release the financial benefits to his family since Air France had already declared that no one survived the accident.
In a separate AP report, the French air accident investigation agency said that no “firm conclusions" have yet to be drawn from their investigation of the crash.
Dimzon said the P220,000 released to Jugueta’s family includes P200,000 as accident insurance and P20,000 as burial benefits.
Officials are encouraging all overseas Filipino workers whose membership with the OWWA has expired to renew for their own good.
For only US$25 a year as membership fee with the OWWA, a worker is fully covered by life/accident insurance of P100,000 for natural death and P200,000 for accidental death, disability or dismemberment benefits ranging from P2,000 to P50,000, total disability benefit of P100,000, and a burial benefit of P20,000. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV