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Remains of Three Overseas Filipino Workers Who Perished in Kuwait Fire Return Home

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MANILA – The remains of three overseas Filipino workers who tragically died in a fire that engulfed their apartment building in al-Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, were repatriated to the Philippines on Monday.

The grieving relatives of the deceased were joined by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Arnell Ignacio and Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac as they received the remains at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Pair-Pags Center in Pasay City.

“This is a tragic incident for the families of the victims and the OWWA assures that the families left behind will receive all the benefits due them as soon as possible,” the OWWA said in a news release, expressing their commitment to support the bereaved families during this difficult time.

Prior to the arrival of the remains, Ignacio met with the families of the victims to provide them with a detailed account of the incident and update them on the ongoing investigation by Kuwaiti authorities. He explained that the building that caught fire was an accommodation facility for workers of a construction company.

The fire affected a total of eleven Filipinos, with two still in critical condition and under close monitoring by the Migrant Workers Office in Kuwait. The devastating blaze claimed 49 lives in total, most of whom were Indian nationals.

The DMW has stated that its legal team in Kuwait is currently exploring the possibility of pursuing legal action based on the findings of the investigation into the fire.

As the families mourn their loss, the Filipino community stands in solidarity, hoping for swift justice and the safety of all overseas workers.