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Province mourns death of Guimarasnon OFW in Lebanon blast

THE Province of Guimaras mourns the death of a Guimarasnon overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who perished in the blasts that rocked the capital city of Beirut in Lebanon on August 6, 2020.

Milagros Sumaculob, 67, a resident of New Poblacion in the Municipality of Buenavista, died at the American University Hospital where she was brought after the blast that tore the port area in Beirut, killing at least 137 people.

Sumaculob worked as household helper of a United Nations diplomat in Beirut.

Jenny Sumaculob, daughter-in-law of Milagros, said the death of her mother-in-law was confirmed by the Philippine Embassy in Lebanon.

Milagros's employer has already coordinated with the family of the OFW and assured the prompt repatriation of the victim's remains.

The remains of Milagros will be airlifted on August 9, 2020 at the earliest, according to Jenny.

Governor Samuel Gumarin assured the bereaved family that the Provincial Government will render aid in the repatriation of the remains of Sumaculob.

"We are deeply pained to hear that the recent explosion in Beirut killed a fellow Guimarasnon. While we stand in solidarity with the world in this difficult time and grief, the Provincial Government will be right behind the bereaved family of Milagros Sumaculob from New Poblacion, Buenavista, all throughout the process up until her body will be transported back home. We will provide the family all the needed coordination and assistance in this heartbreaking situation," Gumarin said.

Sumaculob went to Lebanon in June 2018 and was supposed to come home for good in December this year. (PR)


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