Road accident kills OFW in Riyadh

Posted at 03/11/14 3:31 PM

Jerwin Acuzar

SAUDI ARABIA – A vehicular accident cut short the life of a 27-year old overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Jerwin Acuzar had just gotten out of the mini-bus on his way to work when the accident happened.

Acuzar was standing on the sidewalk waiting for his chance to cross the road to where the fashion store he was employed as a cashier was located.

However, one of the two vehicles that were racing against each other hit him, killing him on the spot.

"Aang sabi ng nanay e yong mga past few days na every time nya na nakikita sa Facebook is laging nakaitim, malulungkutin, then noong last day mismo noong nakausap niya ang message lang daw e 'pssssst.' Ganun e. Nagtaka sila kasi yun lang yong message tapos nagpakita lang daw ng pera sa ibabaw ng mesa," said Adie Bernardino, head of VM in Al Hokair.

Bernardino is helping arrange Acuzar's documents for the immediate repatriation of the OFW's remains to his loved ones in Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro.

"Today, naayos na namin yong sa embassy nga and then dinala namin sa opisina para doon sa GOSI (General Organization for Social Insurance)," he said.

Because the accident happened during work hours, GOSI regulations entitles his family to some insurance benefits.

Advocacy group Patnubay is also assisting Bernardino in ensuring that Acuzar's family gets the right amount of benefits they deserve.

Acuzar's family will also get P20,000 burial and P200,000 accidental death benefits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

"Dapat mapagmatyag tayo, left and right, kasi di natin alam kung ano ang mangyayari sa kaliwa at hindi natin alam kong anong mangyayari sa kanan. So, dapat aware tayo sa mga paligid natin," Bernardino said.

He likewise confirmed that the Saudi Arabian national driver who hit and killed Acuzar is now behind bars. Report from Roland Blanco, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau