OWWA assures cash aid to family of OFW mauled to death in Slovakia

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) assured on Monday it will provide cash assistance to the family of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was killed in Slovakia last month.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac said they are ready to extend death and funeral benefits to the beneficiaries of Henry John Acorda.

Under regulations, the OWWA can provide P200,000 for death due to accident and P20,000 as burial benefits.

Cacdac also said they will give livelihood aid to Acorda’s family, which usually amounts to P15,000.

Acorda was beaten to death by street thugs in Brastislava, Slovakia,  while protecting two women against harassment on May 26.

The heroic deed of the 36-year-old OFW, who worked for a multinational company, was recognized by Slovakian government and its citizens.

Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, whose cluster at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) includes OWWA, said they will help in the repatriation of Acorda’s remains.

“I’m sure OWWA will always help the repatriated OFWs because that is OWWA’s mandate,” Paras said.

Acorda’s remains is expected to arrive in the country today via aircraft of the Slovakian government.


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