Slain hotel worker in Oman to be repatriated

The remains of a Filipina hotel worker who was found dead in Oman last week will be repatriated by the government and turned over to her family, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said Thursday. Bello said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will facilitate the repatriation of Pinky Esmeria B. Pamittan, a housekeeping supervisor at the Ramada Hotel in Oman, whose body was found at the Azaibah area in Muscat last October 28. No details of the circumstances of her death were made available by the local police. In a report to Bello, Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa said Pamittan was last seen leaving the hotel with her two male co-workers who are Indian nationals. The co-workers are in the custody of the Oman police for investigation. Pamittan was deployed to Oman last March through Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA)-E GMP International Corporation and Foreign Recruitment Agency (FRA)-Ikhtiar Trading and Contracting LLC. "We feel bad about the tragic incident that befell another Filipino worker in a foreign land. We can only commiserate with her family for the loss," Bello said. He said labor officials in Oman are coordinating with Pamittan's family, and were instructed to closely monitor police investigation on the case. It was learned that Pamittan's mother is working in Jordan. Bello said he has directed OWWA to facilitate the repatriation of Pamittan's remains and provide all necessary assistance to her family. Aside from death insurance of P200,000 and burial assistance of P20,000, her family may also avail of livelihood and other monetary assistance from OWWA.

Source: Philippine Information Agency