Baldoz directs POLO in South Korea, POEA, and OWWA to provide assistance to families of seafarers involved in fishing vessel sinking

Date Posted: December 4th, 2014 03:42 AM


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates—Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, here on the least leg of her official visit to the six countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council, yesterday expressed concern over the plight of 10 Filipino seafarers who were reported missing at sea following an accident which caused the sinking of the Korean fishing vessel, “Oriong 501” on Monday. “We are hoping the missing Filipino sailors are safe and will be found soon,” Baldoz said after Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac apprised her of the incident. Baldoz, who flew to Abu Dhabi to meet with the Filipino community and attend the graduating exercises of Filipino domestic workers who had completed skills training courses under the Balik-Pinay Balik Hanapbuhay Project, as well as award them with livelihood starter kits, instructed Administrator Cacdac to ensure that the seafarers are properly compensated in accordance with their employment contracts. She also instructed the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration chief Rebecca Calzado to coordinate with the manning agencies that deployed the seafarers and to provide their families counselling. “The OWWA will extend all necessary assistance to the seafarers and their families in this time of a tragedy,” she said. According to reports reaching her office, the South Korean fishing vessel was hit by a big wave while its fishermen-crew were hauling fish into the ship and sank. Ships operating in the area of the accident immediately came to the rescue of the sinking ship and managed to pull eight seafarers out of the water, including three Filipinos. Search and rescue operations are on-going in spite of the foul weather condition in the Bering Sea. “The three Filipino seafarers who were rescued are on their way to South Korea where they will be requested by the Korean maritime authorities to provide information regarding the accident,” Cacdac reported. He said that upon their arrival in Manila, the three survivors shall undergo a mandatory post-employment medical examination to determine any injury that they may have sustained during the sinking of their vessel. They shall also be paid compensation equivalent to one-month basic salary for loss of employment, compensation for loss of personal effects due to marine peril, and the balance of wages consisting of earned wages and leave pay. Meanwhile, Secretary Baldoz instructed Labor Attache to South Korea Felicitas Bay to closely coordinate with Korean authorities regarding on-going efforts to locate and rescue the ten other missing Filipinos, whose names have not yet been disclosed. END

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