December 23, 2021 | 2:34 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines – A mobile app for Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) has released two short films for modern overseas heroes this Christmas season.
The ABIZO OFW app, an innovative solution that uses mobile and social network technology to assist relevant government agencies in the management and facilitation of OFWs, launched “Magandang Balita Ngayong Pasko” and “Kamusta Ka Na Ate? , Now streaming on their YouTube and Facebook accounts.
The videos strike a chord as they focus on the plight of OFWs and their families back home.
In “Episode One: Magandang Balita Ngayong Pasko,” May worries about her husband Anton, who has been abused by his overseas employer. After trying different ways of handling the situation, the ABIZO OFW app steps in to help Anton manage his repatriation so he can finally go home and spend the holidays with May.
In “Episode Two: Kamusta Ka Na Ate?” The story looks at a very relevant story of an OFW experiencing late payment of wages, which is one of the most common problems that OFWs face. Since many OFWs are viewed as the breadwinners of their families at home, the app provides a layer of security and protection knowing that they can easily report any malpractice or violation that overseas employers may have to authorities. commit during the term of their employment contracts.
“This holiday season, we pay tribute to our modern day heroes, our OFW kababayans, who sacrifice so much for our country and their families. Our new advocacy films aim to reach them and let them know that we at the Abizo OFW app are there with them every step of the way, and ready to help them when needed, ”said Angelo Antonio Buendia . , President of Advanced Abilities, which has partnered with Galileo Software Services Inc. to develop the Abizo OFW application.
“With our technology and handy POEA-related mobile application platform, we hope we can somehow allay their worries so that they can have a peaceful vacation with their families even if they are not. ‘they are far away,’ he added.
The mobile app provides 24/7 international emergency assistance, as well as a repatriation assistance service for OFWs. The app sends urgent information, receives emergency alerts, incident reports, contact information updates and conducts investigations into OFW working conditions, enabling their families in the Philippines to easily stay informed of their situation.