1,183 OFW complaints catered by Owwa Davao

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration reported that it has served 1,183 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with various complaints in 2017.

Owwa Davao Region officer-in-charge Carmelo T. Elaya said the administration has surpassed the 700 annual target to 1,183 workers who were assisted on their concerns.

In a data obtained from Owwa Davao Region, the agency has served 185 male workers (165 land-based and 20 sea-based) and 998 land-based female overseas workers.

Out of the 1,183 cases or complaints filed by the workers, Owwa resolved 674 or 160 percent cases. The agency also noted over 500 cases solved.

Elaya said most of the complaints that the agency received were maltreatment or mistreatment, sexual abuse, unpaid and delayed salaries, request for repatriation due to sickness or other concerns, and non-remittance/financial support.

In 2016, Owwa Davao served 804 cases and resolved 578 cases.

Elaya said the success of the agency's efforts can also be attributed to the Philippine Embassy and the cooperation of families.

He assured Owwa Davao will continue to observe their mandate, vision and mission for the welfare of the Filipino workers abroad.
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