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DOLE eyes mobile alert app for OFWs

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is aiming to have web-based alert system targeted for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The agecy said OFWs can download the app in their smartphones which they can use to alert authorities.

“We will be coming out with a web-based alert system, which OFWs can easily download. With just one push of the alert button, help will immediately come to them,” DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad said in a press briefing on February 21.

He added OFWs in Kuwait may the first ones to use this app.

Lagunzad with senior government officials were set to fly to Kuwait on the next day to check the situation of Filipino workers there and to recommend actions to deal with their situations.

“Kami po ay pupunta sa Kuwait, Saudi Arabia at Qatar bukas upang siguraduhin na ang ating mga OFW ay may spat na proteksyon,” he said.

“Pupunta kami doon para alamin kung ano kalagayan nila at ipatupad utos Presidente,” added Lagunzad.

Moreover, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) also vowed to cooperate to help OFWs.

“We will provide thru our ASSIST WELL centers…once again DOLE agencies will provide assistance in terms of welfare, employment, livelihood and legal assistance,”OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.

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