TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The body of Melody Albano Castro, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died from the Taiwan earthquake, will be flown home from Manila on Thursday, February 15.
Castro’s remains already arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 around 10 am on Wednesday, February 14, via China Airlines, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) spokesperson Ricky Beltran told DWIZ 882 radio.
Beltran said the body will be placed in the cargo house overnight for its flight to Tuguegarao on Thursday morning.
Jayson Albano, the victim’s brother, also confirmed to Forum that his sister’s body will arrive at Tuguegarao Domestic Airport around 9:40 am on Thursday.
From Tuguegarao City, Castro’s body will be brought to their home in Barangay Banguian in Abulug, Cagayan, where her family had been waiting for her since the news about her death came out.
In his interview with DWIZ 882, Taiwanese Ambassador to the Philippines Gary Song-Huann Lin said the Taiwan government is giving 1.69 million New Taiwan dollars to the family of Castro as financial assistance.
The amount is equivalent to more than P2 million.
Earlier, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello told Forum that the Philippine government will also give P100,000 death assistance to the family, and P15,000 for funeral expenses. He added that Castro’s Japanese employer also got her 500,000 Taiwan dollars (about P800,000) as insurance.
Castro left her 6-year old daughter and her husband who was paralyzed due to an accident in 2014. Northernforum.net