Philippine government launches an online OFW welfare monitoring system (OWMS) that allows families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to check the condition of their loved ones abroad.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, this OWMS is a ‘web-page system’ that will be utilized by local recruitment agencies as well as manning agencies to report the situation of the OFWs that they deployed.

The POEA released a memorandum circular that orders all recruitment agencies and manning agencies to submit the initial status of their deployed workers for the first three months of their deployment.

Moreover, a regular monitoring report needs to be submitted every quarter. However, for significant happenings, a report must be submitted within 5 days from the incident.

Prior to the implementation of the program, the POEA will give three months for agencies to produce such reports for the OFWs that they have deployed.

Those agencies with POEA e-services account can just log in to www.poea.gov.ph to gain access on the agency’s help desk facility.

Individually, a report file will be created for every deployed worker. For critical incidents, reports will be marked as “active” until the case becomes closed.

The POEA designated the Workers Education and Welfare Monitoring Division (WEWMD) to manage all report submitted to their system by recruitment agencies and manning agencies.

The WEWMD will then submit a report to the administrator. Agencies that will refuse to submit such reports will face administrative actions.

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