In an effort to better improve and extend the scope of its Rights and Welfare Assistance Program (RWAP) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Migrante International today launched its “TANGGOL MIGRANTE ONLINE COMPLAINT FORM.”
The online complaint form may be accessed at http://migranteinternational.org/onlineaffidavit.
The effort came after the brave exposè of Hong Kong domestic worker Agnes Tenorio who recorded the rude reception of Labor Attachè Romulo Salud when she sought the help of the Philippine consulate for her plight (related news: OFWs in Hong Kong want rude labor attaché fired).
“One of our core programs is to provide our OFWs venues for their redress. Now, it is just a click away and may be accessed by OFWs all over the world,” said Gina Esguerra, Secretary General of Migrante International.
All accomplished affidavit forms will be automatically forwarded to an email address that shall be checked regularly by Migrante International’s RWAP committee.
Esguerra said, “We hope that with this tool our OFWs would be more empowered to exercise their rights. Like what Agnes did, our OFWs should be encouraged to assert their claims and to stand up and complain whenever they feel slighted or neglected.”
“With this new online tool, testimonies of our OFWs, their families and even witnesses may be used as formal affidavits when required. After we check the complaints, we shall then evaluate what assistance is needed and address them accordingly.”
Migrante International’s RWAP committee provides legal advice, psychological and counseling sessions, getting in touch with families of OFW victims and conducting dialogues and seeking audience with concerned government agencies.