A Filipino in Saudi Arabia died of lung cancer without even receiving the salary as well as benefits owed by his employer.
According to his daughter, Lennylene Rancap Ongkiatco, her father, identified as Larry Rancap, was rushed to the hospital where he eventually died due to lung cancer. In addition to the grief that the family had to go through is the fact that Larry was not able to receive the benefits that he should have.
Larry worked in the company for decades yet he was deprived of assistance he greatly needs.
“My father served in that company for years and he failed to attend several important occasions in our lives like birthdays and graduations. Still, my father went through all of it,” says Lennylene.
Larry, who worked as a diesel mechanic, spent 25 years of his life working in a trading and contracting company in Saudi Arabia. Aside from the end-of-contract benefits that Larry should be receiving, his company also refused to pay two years of his salary.
“The company said that they don’t have money, that is why our family is hurting because they neglected my father,” says Lennylene. “He was really neglected. He was left to die.”
Even the workmates of her father asked the company to help the sick OFW.
Aside from Larry, there are other 42 OFWs who are in Saudi Arabia, working without receiving their salaries.
Moreover, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives made a move by contacting the kin of Larry in Batangas about the benefits and assistance they can get from them.
The body of the OFW will soon return to the Philippines, says the OFW’s daughter.