JUNE 14, 2019 — The remains of Marie January Ventura Gallardo, a Dubai-based overseas Filipino worker (OFW), were brought home on Friday.
Gallardo, a physical therapist in Oman, was among 17 people who were killed in a tragic bus crash last June 11.
The bus, with 30 people on board and headed for Dubai, was reportedly on the wrong lane and was overspeeding when it crashed against a signboard attached to a barrier.
Her husband, Harold Legazpi, claimed it was a struggle for his family to reach out to the Philippine Consulate in Dubai.
Even the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration was not able to give them a hand, the widower claimed.
“Walang tawag ang embassy. Pati OWWA, walang tulong na naibigay,” he said.
Harold said it was only through coordination with the Dubai embassy that they were able to bring back his wife’s remains.
OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac has apologized to the bereaved family due to the supposed miscommunication.
“Kung mayroong pagkahuli o di sapat na pagkahatid ng impormasyon sa pamilya, ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin,” Cacdac said. “Hindi natin bibitawan ‘yong pamilya, from hereon.”
OWWA assured the Gallardo family that they will receive financial aid, including a scholarship for their son and a death and burial assistance.
Harold recalled her wife as someone who will do anything for her family just to give them a bright future.
“Mapagmahal na asawa, mapagmahal na ina. Napakabait, talagang maalalahanin, kahit hirap na siya sa trabaho,” Harold added.