Wednesday, August 12, 2009

OWWA Warns Filipinos Not to Work in War Zones as Remains of 2 of 10 Filipinos Who Died in Afghanistan Chopper Crash Come Home, August 11, 2009

12 August 2009

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Chief Carmelita Dimzon has reiterated her agency's warning to Filipino jobseekers never to try to get work in countries that are declared off limits such as war zones and areas where there is armed conflict.  Among these countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Nigeria.

Dimzon made the call as the remains of two among ten Filipinos who were killed in an Afghan helicopter crash are repatriated to the Philippines. 

The ten Pinoy OFWs who died in that July 19, 2009 chopper crash in Kandahar, Afghanista are:

1. Celso Q. Caralde (born in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental)
2. Ely I. Cariño (Cabusao, Camarines Sur)
3. Ernesto C. De Vega (Naic, Cavite)
4. Manolito C. Hornilla (Taysan, Batangas)
5. Leopoldo G. Jimenez Jr. (Lubao, Pampanga)
6. Mark Joseph C. Mariano (Floridablanca, Pampanga)
7. Marvin P. Najera (San Fernando, Pampanga)
8. Rene D. Taboclaon (Cagayan de Oro City)
9. Recardo E. Vallejos (Bislig, Surigao del Sur)
10. Noli M. Visda (Lubao, Pampanga)

Of the ten, only the remains of Leopoldo Jimenez, Jr. and Manolito Hornilla could be sent home because the rest are so badly burned that they could only be identified by DNA testing. Their bodies arrived yesterday via Qatar Airways Flight QR64.

This GMA News report by Raffy Tima on July 23, 2009 tells of a number of Pinoy OFWs who went home from Afghanistan after the helicopter crash.  



  1. meron pong mga kapwa pinay na na detained nung aug 1 2009 pa po hanggang ngayon sa malaysia...plsss help them.. nahihirapan na po cla sa kalagayan nila doon...and one of those women is 5 months pregnant.

  2. Salamat po sa impormasyon. Tatawag po ako sa OWWA upang alamin ang bagay na ito at hilingin ang tulong nila para sa mga kababayan natin. Samantala, kung may maidadagdag ka pa pong detalye ay mas makakatulong ito.


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