OWWA chief visits, extends aid to family of Jakatia Pawa in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Chief Hans Leo Cacdac on Thursday personally extended the agency's condolences to the bereaved children and family of Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa, who was sentenced to death in Kuwait.

Pawa, 42, was executed by hanging at 10:19 a.m. (3:19 p.m. Manila time) Wednesday in Kuwait.

She was sentenced to death for allegedly stabbing to death her employer's 22-year-old daughter while the latter was asleep on May 14, 2007.

Cacdac has assured that full support would be extended to the bereaved family, particularly her two children.

Cacdac said the assistance includes financial, scholarship and livelihood packages.

He said full scholarship would be granted to Pawa's two children from junior high school (third year at present) to college.

"We will also give them financial assistance in the form of transportation allowance to school. It's a lifetime assistance for the kids," he added.

OWWA Regional Director Hassan Gabra Jumdain and Department of Labor Assistant Regional Director Yahya Centi accompanied the OWWA chief during his visit to the residence of Pawa in this city.

The children of Pawa, who was a widow, is now under the care of her elder brother Air Force Lt. Col. Angaris Pawa.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar also expressed her deepest sympathy to the family of the executed overseas Filipino worker from Zamboanga del Norte province even as he was dismayed over the incident that preceded a long legal battle.

The Pawa family is native of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency