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From left, standing: Ako OFW Chairman, Dr. Chie Umandap, Office of the Solicitor General Associate Solicitor Marlon Bosantog, Col. Gerardo Zamudio. From left, sitting: Alpha Phi Omega spokesperson, PCOO Legal Affairs Undersecretary, lawyer Tara Rama, and Air Force TV host Cherie Flores.

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OFW seeks police aid on children ‘at risk’ of leftist recruitment

 

MANILA – An executive of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) group in the Philippines on Monday (September 2) appealed for police assistance for children of OFWs, whom he said are vulnerable to recruitment by leftist groups.

“Children of OFWs are vulnerable. We do not know their real status,” Ako OFW Chairman, Dr. Chie Umandap, told state news agency PNA.

Umandap’s comments came after news broke about children of OFWs being recruited into leftist groups.

“It’s very painful to hear news like that.  How do I call the authorities’ attention? Who do I reach out to for help?” he said in Filipino. Umandap worked as a dentist in Kuwait’s Ministry of Health for 12 years and is among . He is currently among the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Last week, Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Tara Rama suggested working with affiliate government agencies to address the issue.

“We, in PCOO, can propose to create a hotline specifically for this, with the cooperation of all agencies in the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC),” she shared.

In September last year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reached out to Filipinos working overseas through its Global Police Community Relations program.

Through the PNP Police Community Relations Group’s (PCRG) website as well as Twitter and Facebook pages, Filipinos abroad can report crimes in their hometowns and seek assistance from Philippine-based law enforcement.

Chief Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, who headed the operations, said the Global PCR launch aims to connect to Filipinos abroad.

“We’ll be able to answer whatever concerns or queries. Or, in our own little way, we’ll be able to address their problems especially the emotional problems that they will encounter if their loved ones left in the Philippines are encountering also some emotional problems,” he said in previous reports.

But aside from tips that may prevent crimes, Sermonia said the Global PCR program will also serve as a platform for the PNP to show some of the rehabilitation and livelihood programs in the Philippines. PNA/DAJ

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