Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman, Senator Richard Gordon had coordinated with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and helped facilitate the recent return to the country of the remains of Marilyn Narsagaray de Vera, a domestic helper who died of cardiac arrest in Dubai.
The relatives if de Vera, 42, had a hard time repatriating her remains as her employment status was rendered complicated by the pandemic. He remains arrived last June 9.
“It’s bad enough that they lost a family member; the least we can do is reunite her with loved ones the soonest time possible,” Gordon told media. Virtually hopeless, de Vera’s family expressed their profound appreciation for Gordon’s initiative.
Marilyn’s family is very thankful for the assistance as they were near hopeless of bringing the remains home due to financial difficulties.
“If not for your help, we won’t know how to bring home our cousin. We had lost hope. Now, we can have a wake before we lay her to rest,” said Emily Bermudez Gundran, first cousin of Marilyn told Gordon.
Aside from repatriation assistance, the Welfare Service team of the PRC led by Dr. Zenaida Beltejar also provided psychosocial support to de Vera’s bereaved family.