Just after a month after returning in Dubai on a visit visa to look for job, a Filipino died of stroke November 20.
Jose Arnold Aguilar, 45, a native of Cotabato, previously worked in Dubai as a chef for five years but left his employer in 2014 reportedly due to salary dispute. He returned this year to once again try his luck in the city, according to Reynaldo Angulo, a volunteer social worker at Rashid Hospital who is now also working on the repatriation of Aguilar’s remains.
Aguilar, who was staying in Jafilia, suffered from a stroke and was confined at Rashid Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on November 13. He died on November 20, Angulo said.
Beth Fabic, Aguilar’s friend, told The Filipino Times that he approached her to inquire about job opportunities. Aguilar was known in their community as “Chef Arns”.
Aguilar’s medical bills reached AED28,000 while repatriation of his remains is estimated to cost around AED16,000. Angulo said he is coordinating with the insurance company to verify how much is covered for the repatriation. Visit visa holders, he said, are insured.
Vice Consul Marianne Bringas, who heads the Consulate General’s Assistance to Nationals section handling the case said an Assistance to Nationals officer is already looking into the matter but Angulo, who has been assisting in the repatriation of the remains of deceased OFWs for years, said it will save the embassy almost half the cost if they could claim the insurance money.