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AKO OFW Inc. and POEA jointly launch Bantay OFW Mobile App
June 24, 2018, 12:32 pm

The Advocates and Keepers Organization of OFWs Inc. (AKO OFW Inc.) launched the 'Bantay OFW Mobile Application' in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) coinciding with the culmination of the week-long celebration of this year's 23rd annual observance of 'Filipino Migrants' Day' also known as 'Araw ng Pasasalamat'. As duly witnessed by Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process.

AKO OFW Inc. is a global non – governmental organization with a sterling track record of helping search and rescue distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) while POEA is a government agency mandated to regulate employment and deployment of Filipinos overseas. The two organizations have joined hands and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a convenient, affordable, accessible and swift means to monitor, check and safeguard Filipino workers rights at the jobsite abroad especially the gender– sensitive and most vulnerable sector, the Household Service Workers (HSW) without cost to the Philippine government.

The 'Bantay OFW Mobile App' as conceptualized by AKO OFW Inc. founder and incumbent chairman Celerino 'Dok Chie' L. Umandap, vice chairman lawyer Marlon P. Valderama and Sadicon shall allow for convenient communications relative to the living and working conditions and or significant occurrences affecting OFWs. It shall aid the government in monitoring the status and plight of OFWs and the consequential actions undertaken by the concerned Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA), Foreign Recruitment Agency (FRA) and employer. It also shall underscore civil, friendly and receptive responses to all users while at the same time maintaining privacy of communication. It shall as well maintain a status of utmost impartiality and shall interact only on what has been factually received and gathered; It shall at all times adhere to its role as conveyor of the status and conditions of OFWs as uploaded, received and gathered for concomitant actions of recipients; and it cannot be used as basis for administrative sanction against concerned OFWs, PRAs, FRAs and employers since it would otherwise discourage their open participation to this system.

As Sadicon further specifically thanked all AKO OFW Inc. Chapter Presidents in the Philippines and abroad, she also mentioned that this app would not have happened if not because of Chie Umandap, who is the Founder and incumbent Chairman of AKO OFW Inc.

"Distance is not a hindrance for Dok Chie Umandap to extend help, direction and guidance as if he is here physically around; he is my ever dependable partner through thick and thin in our advocacy for the benefits, interest, protection, rights, security and general welfare of OFWs and their families," were Sadicon's parting words. AKO OFW Inc. has 35,000 card bearing members and with Chapters in Kuwait, Riyadh, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In the Philippines: Davao City, Gen. Santos City, Cebu , Iloilo, South Cotabato and Metro Manila



Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer


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