With mobile communications in Eastern Visayas already operable, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will mount a free call service for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) starting Monday.

“I have discussed the “Libreng Tawag for OFWs” with OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon and the OWWA Regional Office in Tacloban City is ready on Monday. They will have to do it, however, in an orderly manner to manage the crowd of OFW families expected to avail of the free call service,” said Baldoz.

In preparation for the service, Administrator Dimzon said the OWWA will use two mobile phones, +63 905-462-5678 and +63 915-294-0238. The free service will be supervised by OWWA Regional Office No. 8 Director Norma del Rosario.

Baldoz said the OWWA will also start on Monday a relief goods sharing to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in affected regions with a concentration of OFW families. She also said the OWWA plans a medical mission in December to provide free basic medical services to the affected families of OFWs.

“Instead of the traditional Presidential and Vice Presidential Salubong activities, we have decided to focus on relief and recovery efforts,” she said.

Meanwhile, Baldoz said the 24/7 Information Assistance Center the President had tasked her to establish to coordinate and provide information on donations and volunteer assistance to Typhoon Yolanda victims continue to receive calls and direct callers on how, where, and what to donate; how and where to volunteer; who to contact for missing relatives; who to contact to request for relief operations in areas not yet reached by the government; where to check for updates; and who to contact on health concerns.

“Information assistance is provided through numbers +632-459-2131 and +632-527-8000. Call center personnel are on hand to answer questions and direct inquiries,” she said.


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