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DoLE sets up command center for OFWs

THE Department of Labor and Employment has established and OFW Command Center to serve as the central referral and action hub for the protection and welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Administrative Order No.73 creating the 24/7 OFW Command Center for all walk-in, email, text and telephone requests for assistance.

The center will also attend to the requests of OFWs through news reports and referrals.

The center will also be accessible through the social media and online messaging platforms and shall promptly respond to the OFWs’ employment concerns, welfare cases, repatriation and other related concerns.

“The operation of the Command Center will help ensure that all the concerns of our OFWs are attended to, especially if the incident involving them needed immediate action and assistance,” Bello said.

The implementing guidelines for the effective operation of the command center will be jointly formulated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and International Labor Affairs Bureau within 30 days upon signing of the administrative order.
    
The command center is under the direct supervision of the head of International Labor Affairs Bureau and is temporarily housed at the ILAB Office, 2nd Floor, DoLE Building, Intramuros, Manila.