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27 Mar 2024

By Marita Moaje, Philippine News Agency (Philippines)

DMW tells heirs of unpaid Saudi OFWs to confirm familial ties

The Department of Migrant Workers has advised heirs and beneficiaries of deceased overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were previously employed by Saudi Arabian companies that declared bankruptcy between 2015 to 2016 to submit documents that will confirm their familial ties.

In a news release on Wednesday, the department said Advisory No. 5, series of 2024, which was released on Tuesday, outlined the steps for processing and check encashment for the families of deceased unpaid OFW.

“This process involves the submission to the DMW of legal affidavits and public documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, to confirm identities and familial ties to the deceased Saudi OFW claimant,” the release read.

The DMW said beneficiaries are also required to create a special power of attorney (SPA) designating the person to whose bank account the funds shall be deposited once the indemnity checks are processed and cleared.

Upon receiving and verifying these documents, the advisory states that the DMW shall identify the rightful executor or heirs of the deceased Saudi OFW claimant and facilitate the endorsement of checks for deposit and processing…