Pinoy worker dies in Libya

Posted at 06/16/14 3:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - An overseas Filipino worker on Saturday died at a shelter where he was temporarily staying in Tripoli, Libya.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz asked the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) to provide the necessary assistance to the family of Jason M. Balute.

Balute, a 25-year-old from Bacacay, Albay, had voluntarily asked to be be repatriated from Libya. He worked as a millwright at the Alkalid Power Plant operated by Korean conglomerate Hyundai Construction, in Sirte, Libya, about 1,000 kilometers from Tripoli.

However, Balute died of cardiac arrest on the morning of June 14.

If verified to be an active OWWA member, Balute, who is still single, is entitled to a life insurance benefit of P100,000 and burial assistance of P20,000.

Baldoz also assured they will provide scholarship assistance for Balute's younger brother Jestoney. Balute was supporting the studies of his brother, who is a first-year criminology student.

She also instructed Labor Attache Dizon to conduct a medical check-up of all OFWs who had been admitted to the shelter in Tripoli.