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DMW: Gov’t ready to assist 5 Pinoys hurt by flight turbulence

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said Saturday that the Philippine government was prepared to extend all forms of assistance to the five Filipinos who were injured in a Singapore Airlines flight that hit severe turbulence.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Singapore Air kasi sinasagot iyong mga expenses.  But tayo naman ay nakahanda. Nakahanda tayo na sagutin ang anumang expense.  Wala silang gagastusin kahit na isang kusing hanggang sa sila’y makauwi na ligtas sa ating bayan,” DMW Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac said at the Saturday News Forum.

(We are thankful to Singapore Air as they are shouldering all the expenses. But, for our part, we are ready to shoulder any expenses. They will not be spending a centavo until they arrive safely back in our country.)

Cacdac said the DMW was closely coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the condition of the Filipinos who were still recuperating at a hospital in Thailand.

The DMW chief added that all five Filipinos were safe and sound while recovering in the hospital.

A 73-year-old British man reportedly died due to a suspected heart attack  while over 80 passengers were injured after the Boeing 777 made an emergency landing in Thailand due to severe turbulence while flying from London to Singapore. — DVM, GMA Integrated News