The government on Friday confirmed the death of a Filipino sailor on board a cruise ship in New Zealand.
In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) identified the fatality as Allan Navales, a crew member of M/S Emerald Princess.
The statement said Labor Silvestre Bello III has already ordered the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to process the benefits and financial assistance to Navales' family.
Navales was killed when the gas canister he was refilling for lifeboats exploded.
Since he was an active OWWA member, Navales' family is entitled to P220,000 as death benefit; P20,000 as burial assistance, scholarship for one child, and livelihood assistance of P15,000 for the surviving spouse.
This is on top of benefits they will receive from Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Navales' manning agency.
OWWA Deputy Administrator Brigido Dulay said they are still determining the veracity "of the circumstances surrounding the death of the 32-year-old seaman" as stated in a report by the agency on the incident.
Navales was already on his third contract with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation when the accident happened. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News