POEA and OWWA work with DFA, NBI to identify remains of OFWs who perished in Korean trawler sinking

Date Posted: January 20th, 2015 02:56 AM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are coordinating closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in an effort to facilitate the identification of the remains of the Filipino seafarers who perished in the sinking of the South Korean trawler, Oryong 501, in the West Bering Sea off the Russian Far East on 1 December 2014. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday after she received a report that the next-of-kin (NOK) of eight of the 10 Filipino seafarers of Oryong 501 went to the NBI Forensic Chemistry Division in Manila for the collection of their DNA samples and completion of the Interpol Ante-Mortem Victim Identification Forms. Five Filipino sailors died in the Oryong 501 sinking and five are still missing, while three survivors have already been repatriated. “The collection of DNA samples and the completion of the Victim Identification Forms were requested by the government of the Republic of Korea,” Baldoz said. At the NBI, buccal swabs, blood stain, and hair samples were collected from the NOK of the eight seafarers. According to Baldoz, the DFA has already turned over the DNA samples and forms to the Korean Embassy for transmittal to appropriate authorities in Korea responsible for the identification of the human remains from the incident site. The labor and employment chief said the POEA and the OWWA continue to monitor the developments in the tragedy. END

Created Jan 26th 2015, 11:34


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