The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's office in Davao in the Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) regional office in Davao is the south of the Philippines responded to nearly 1,200 complaints from Filipinos working overseas last year.

Carmelo T. Elaya, officer-in-charge of OWWA’s Davao office, said their office served 185 male workers and 998 female workers, The SunStar reported.

Elaya said OWWA-Davao surpassed their annual target of assisting 700 workers.

Most of the complaints they received were maltreatment, sexual abuse, unpaid salaries, request for repatriation due to sickness and financial support.

Out of the 1,183 complaints that OWWA-Davao received, 674 were resolved.

In 2017, a total of 1.28 million Filipinos were deployed in other countries around the world.