Negrense OFW still missing in Israel, family seeks help from local officials

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The family of Negrense overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Loreta Alacre has still no update about her whereabouts after she went missing on Saturday, October 7, during the first wave of the surprise attack against Israel.

Anabella Alacre, sister of Loreta, said they have been asking for assistance from government officials and agencies, hoping to know her whereabouts and situation.

She also went to the Provincial Capitol Thursday, October 12, and also to Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. to ask for help.

Lacson said that the provincial government is ready to assist the Alacre family, although he stated that the leading agency that will handle the matter will be the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (Owwa).

The provincial government has opened a public assistance desk at the Provincial Capitol for the families and friends of Negrense OFWs stationed in Israel or the Gaza Strip.

Escalante, meanwhile, said that based on the information that they gathered, Alacre was with her boyfriend, who is a Chinese national, when they attended the music festival near the Gaza Strip when the attack happened by the Hamas extremist group.

The boyfriend is reportedly confined to a hospital, but Alacre is still missing as of press time.

Escalante said Alacre is the breadwinner of the family, who are residents of Purok Camay-an, Barangay Cadiz Viejo.

He also assured the city government's help for the OFW.

Alacre has been a caregiver in Israel for 17 years. Her last return to Cadiz City was in 2015.

Anabella said that she last talked to her sister Friday last week in a video call and that she really had no premonitions about the incident.

She said they are hoping that she could return to her employer safe and sound in the coming days.*

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