Watch app to link OFWs in distress

WORTHY INNOVATION. OFW Watch president and founder Myrna Padilla leads the launching of OFW Watch mobile app held at AMYA building 2 along Tulip Drive corner Quimpo Blvd. in Davao Cityon Friday afternoon. OFW Watch mobile app and its volunteer support network is a private sector initiative, in partnership with DOLE) and OWWA, which aimed to empower the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to help themselves, help each other and help the concerned government agencies. LEAN DAVAL JR
WORTHY INNOVATION. OFW Watch president and founder Myrna Padilla leads the launching of OFW Watch mobile app held at AMYA building 2 along Tulip Drive corner Quimpo Blvd. in Davao Cityon Friday afternoon. OFW Watch mobile app and its volunteer support network is a private sector initiative, in partnership with DOLE) and OWWA, which aimed to empower the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to help themselves, help each other and help the concerned government agencies. LEAN DAVAL JR

OFW Watch founder and head, Myrna Padilla introduced the two unique features of her group’s latest mobile app that sought protect Overseas Filipino Workers through social networking technology and geo-location data.

Padilla said that OFW Watch mobile application is a software program designed to link OFWs in distress, those in need of assistance anywhere in the world, anytime of the day, via mobile gadgets.

The app was launched on Friday at Amya Building along Quimpo Boulevard, Matina, Davao City
“The app capitalized on this fact, by offering two features found in no other app in the App store first is the ‘ Find others’ functions and a ‘Volunteer Switch”, she said.

On its press released the ‘Find Others” uses geo-location data to connect the user with their OWF’s, ex-pats and community groups nearby. Profiles of nearby users, including links to their public social networks, such as facebook page, are used to facilitate a connection if both parties mutually agree. IN addition, a tight integration of this feature with Google places with Check-in functionality helps identify popular and safe locations nearby.

On same information, the “Volunteer Switch” functions, when “flipped”, makes the user part of a global social network of Overseas Filipino Volunteer. As a Volunteer in the network, they may receive alerts is a kababayan nearby is in trouble or they may be alerted for instance in sharing critical information with other nearby Filipinos and via their public social network pages.

Padilla said that the spirit of Bayanihan and volunteerism is deep with the heart of Filipinos.

“If we provide the successful Overseas Filipinos with a network to help watch over the most vulnerable among us, they will do so, “ she said.

Among the features of the app are an “Emergency SOS button” to report concerns of abuse or mistreatment and a “Work Journal” where OFWs can record working conditions.

“In terms of security all communications between the OFWs and the servers are encrypted and this is already accessible on both android and iOS,” Padilla said.

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