OWWA to use Facebook to monitor OFW complaints

Image by Arnell Ignacio via Facebook page
  • The OWWA will now be monitoring Facebook to find OFWs in need of help
  • Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio urged the public to help them gather details
  • Last year, an abused OFW was rescued and sent home after her video went viral

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will now use the power of social media to help monitor abuses against Overseas Filipino Workers.

Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio shared how the agency are looking at ways to effectively help OFWs and assist them faster.

He shared with GMA, “Aksyon agad, heto ang aking pinagtutuunan ng pansin simula nang ako ay maitalaga sa OWWA. Tulad ngayon na nag-uusap tayo hindi pa ako natutulog dahil nakatutok ako sa mga humihingi ng tulong sa Facebook.”

[Act immediately, that’s what I’m focusing right now since I was appointed in OWWA. Like now, while we are talking, I am monitoring Facebook for any OFW in need of assistance.]

Ignaco urged the public that when a video of an OFW asking for help surfaces, we should help gather the right details so OWWA can act faster.

There are a lot of viral videos of OFW seeking for help online and for some lucky ones, they were given assistance immediately. Last December, a video of an OFW househelp being abused by an Iraqi houseboy has gone viral. She was assisted and was sent back here in the Philippines.

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