Alberta

Filipino worker dies in an accident in Wetaskiwin; Kababayans, friends work hand in hand to support

Screenshot from Go Fund Me. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-efren-reyes-family?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Social media sites have reported that a Filipino Temporary Foreign Worker in Wetaskiwin, Alberta has died in an accident on May 26.

Benjie Lindo Live Update made the report and has called on various Philippine government agencies for the needed attention.

A Go Fund Me was set up and a source sent the info to Pinoy Edmonton News Service, identifying the OFW as Efren Reyes.  An announcement was also posted at the ELJ Filipino Store in Wetaskiwin to help spread the word for help, said the source, who preferred not to be identified.

Benjie Lindo Live Update screenshot.

“Taga Batangas daw,” Benjie Lindo of the Benjie Lindo Live Update, who since 2016 has been reached out by fellow Kababayans through his FB Page for any concerns in Alberta Province, told the p.e.n.

Consul-General Zaldy Patron in an official statement said that the “Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary and the  Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Vancouver have been in touch with the employer of the Filipino TFW who died in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, on 26 May 2021 due to an accident inside the company’s premises.”

ConGen Patron.(PCG photo)

The statement further said that the “family of the deceased has been notified of the accident.

The deceased is an active OWWA member and his OWWA membership is valid until October 2021. His family is entitled to death benefits under OWWA.

The company has also assured OWWA that appropriate assistance will be extended to the next of kin (NOK) of the deceased after the investigation of the accident that led to his death.

OWWA has conveyed to the employer the family’s request for the immediate repatriation to the Philippines of the deceased’s remains.

The PCG will expedite the processing of the Report of Death and the Mortuary Certificate for the deceased TFW once they are submitted by the employer.”

The Go Fund Me has raised $32,725.(pinoy edmonton News service)

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