OFWs Hotline Dial 1349 to report your abuse children in the Philippines
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has opened a 24/7 labor hotline for reports on the mistreatment of children whose parents are working overseas.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made the announcement a day after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) enjoining government agencies to improve safeguards for children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“We have to protect these children. One way of protecting them is to report this to our Hotline 1349,” Bello said in a statement on Saturday.
“We will investigate, and if necessary, rescue the child. Mahirap kasi na ang pinagtitiwalaan mo na mag-aalaga sa anak mo ay iyon pa ang mag-aabuso sa mga bata,” he said.
DOLE signed an MOU with partner government agencies on Friday to address “tall-tale” reports of children of OFWs abused by their caretakers or guardians while their parents work abroad.
One such case is the death of a two-year-old boy who died from the abuse inflicted on him by his guardians while his mother worked in Hong Kong.
The MOU was also signed in response to a study by the Council for the Welfare of Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointing at migration as one of the reasons for physical, sexual, or psychological violence to children.