The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reports that the remains of the two Filipinos who died at the 31 August 2020 gas leak explosion in Abu Dhabi are now being prepared for repatriation to the Philippines, after being cleared by authorities. Embassy officials and regional representatives from DFA and DOLE are working closely with the families for the acceptance of the remains.
The DFA-DOLE composite team recently visited one of the families in their hometown, while Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana met with the widow and brother of the other deceased Filipino in Abu Dhabi.
The Embassy arranged the viewing of the remains by family members, and is currently monitoring discussions between the families of the deceased and their employers. The families are also being assisted in the processing of the death benefits they will be receiving from the Philippine government.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Quintana spoke by phone to one Filipino who was injured from the accident and was assured that he is recovering well at the hospital.
The Embassy expresses thanks to the UAE Government for ensuring that the affected Filipinos are cared for. The Embassy also thanks the members of the Filipino community whose prayers and expressions of support lent healing and comfort to the families of the victims.