DSWD: First batch of 5,300 undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia arrives in Zamboanga City, sent homeJuly 5, 2020
By Ely Dumaboc
The first batch of 5,300 undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia have arrived in Zamboanga City International Seaport yesterday.
Report said only 96 of them had disembarked in the port city while the other 299 deportees had arrived on July 3 in Tawi-tawi.
Fatima Caminan, officer-in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 (DSWD 9), said only the 96 deportees had disembarked in the port city. The other 299 deportees had disembarked in Tawi-tawi yesterday.
Following the protocol, 20 deportees disembarked at a time to prevent overcrowding of the port’s International Traveller’s Hub.
Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) personnel had facilitated the arrival and disembarkation of the deported Filipinos.
Caminan said after undergoing procedures, the task force sent home the deportees to their respective home provinces.
The deportees, according to Caminan, had already undergone COVID-19 tests in Malaysia before they left.
Number of deportees, corresponding home provinces or places
DSWD 9 had released the breakdown of the number of deportees and their corresponding home provinces or places. The list had shown there are 300 deportees disembarked in Tawi-tawi, and 91 in Zamboanga City.
Tawi-tawi disembarkation, 299:
Zamboanga City disembarkation, 96:
General Santos City -2
Zamboanga del Norte-8
Zamboanga del Sur-5
Lanao del Sur-1
She assured that the deportees had undergone the health procedures before the agency allowed them to leave.
Camina said their office has released to the deportees the financial support for them to reach their respective homes.
The agency had also distributed Family Food Packs, Family Kits, and Hygiene Kits to the deported Filipinos. (Mindanao Sun)