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28/10/2008: Embassy Shoulders Cost of Cremation and Repatriation of Remains of OFW Elena Bisares

As part of its policy to provide services to distressed overseas Filipino workers and other Filipinos overseas, the Embassy shouldered the costs of cremation of the remains and other incidental expenses of OFW Elena Bisares who died penniless and without any relatives in the U.S.  Prior to her death, Ms. Bisares was suffering from kidney and diabetic ailments. Due to her lingering sickness, Ms. Bisares became unemployed and mainly relied on her friend, Ms. Elsie Ribao, for food, shelter and other basic necessities.

The Embassy also assumed the documentation fee and cost of shipment of the urn containing the deceased’s cremated remains to the Philippines. The Department of Philippine Foreign Affairs in Manila will transmit the urn to its Regional Consular Office in Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley so that it may be handed over to the deceased’s surviving daughter, Ms. Myline Bisares.

Philippine Consul General Domingo Nolasco handing over a check to Mr. Richard Rendon, owner of the Rendon Hale Funeral Homes in Reston, VA, to cover the cost of the cremation of the remains of OFW Elena Bisares and other incidental expenses.