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Davao City launches OFW Crisis Center


IN a bid to provide social services to families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the OFW Crisis Center in Davao City was launched by the City Social Welfare and Developmen­t Office (CSWDO) on May 2, 2022.

The Center’s hotline number, mobile and telephone numbers, and the official website has also been launched.

The creation of the center is supported by City Ordinance No. 0411-20 Series of 2020, which mandates the establishm­ent of a center to defend the rights, interests, welfare, and developmen­t of the families of Dabawenyos who have left the country for employment.

CSWDO Head Atty. Marlisa Gallo said even before the establishm­ent of the office, her office had been receiving messages from OFWs and their families.

Gallo said they have been accommodat­ing clients who visited their office and spoke with social workers and indicated they are monitored.

The Center’s primary mandate, according to Gallo, is to coordinate with other offices, monitor, and provide direct services to families. Its operations are overseen by five people. Direct services include cash aid, livelihood assistance, rescue, and psychosoci­al interventi­on, depending on the evaluated requiremen­ts of the families involved.

According to Gallo, the center is now profiling OFWs using informatio­n collected from the Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD).

Gallo advised the public who want to raise their concerns may reach OFW Crisis Center thru 0999 994 3577, or thru their landline number (082) 225 6214, email, or message their official Facebook Page: OFW Families’ Welfare and Crisis Center Davao City. /

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