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OWWA tells OFWs, Families to Subscribe in the "OFW WATCH" Apps

July 17, 2017
OWWA tells OFWs, Families to Subscribe in the "OFW WATCH" Apps

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and OFW Watch, a software program designed to link OFWs in distress, those calling for help, anywhere in the world, anytime of the day, via mobile, are now bona fide partners.


The partnership between OWWA and the OFW Watch, Inc. was made official through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between OWWA, represented by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, representing the welfare agency, and OFW Watch, Inc., represented by its President, Ms. Myrna Padilla.


The ‘brains’ behind the successful Android mobile application service intended for OFW community is a former OFW. As an OFW herself, Ms. Padilla, based on her personal experience of being ‘alone’ in countries where she worked as a domestic helper was awakened by her subconscious to get connected with her family back home through social media.


“We are pleased that OFW Watch volunteers its services to us, and we truly appreciate its advocacy of helping fellow Filipino workers use technology to their advantage. It is a one click process of asking ‘help’, data sharing, and other means of internet applications made easy via mobile phones. The OFW Watch immensely contributed change to the mindset of our `kababayans’ working abroad that they have somebody by their side at all times,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said.


As partners, OWWA and OFW Watch will complement each other in the planning, designing, and operationalizing technological solutions to address OFW concerns; the two parties work in unison to give OFWs access to OWWA-related services through appropriate Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to make it OFW-friendly courtesy of OFW Watch.