Paralyzed OFW in Japan needs help from relatives

Posted at 03/06/14 2:11 AM

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday that an undocumented Filipino worker in Japan, who is now paralyzed, needs the help of his relatives from the Philippines.

According to the DFA, Dominador “Doddy” Garcia Sto. Domingo Jr., 53, fell into a coma in September last year. He has been paralyzed since.

Sto. Domingo had been working in Japan as a construction worker for 22 years, without any legal papers or documents.

Although undocumented, officials of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo took care of Sto. Domingo’s needs when he was hospitalized in Chiba, Japan.

However, the embassy cannot locate Sto. Domingo’s family in the Philippines.

"Walang komunikasyon si Sto. Domingo sa kanyang mga kamag-anak," Jun Sibug of the Assistance to Nationals Unit of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said.

Information about Sto. Domingo has been posted on the Facebook page of the DFA, identifying his wife as Amor Yabut Sto. Domingo and his children as Gerard and Jazelle Anne. His last known address is 490 Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

ABS-CBN News tried to locate Sto. Domingo’s family at the stated address, but failed.

"Magulo na kasi ang address dito," Barangay Culiat chairman Vic Bernardo said. He directed his kagawads to go around the barangay in the hopes of finding Sto. Domingo’s relatives.

"Ipapahanap natin iyan," Bernardo said.

Meanwhile, the DFA is urging anyone with information about the OFW’s family to coordinate with the Foreign Affairs office and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs. -- Report from Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News