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DOLE Gears up for Filipino Deportees From Sabah
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has intensified efforts to assist in the deportation of Filipino workers in tension-gripped Sabah by beefing up the labor department’s Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) in the Zamboanga peninsula’s One-Stop Shop Processing Center (OSSPC) to provide assistance to Filipino deportees from Malaysia.
So far, 289 regular deportees were assisted by the department and the number continues to increase amid continuing tension between the Malaysian police and the army of the Sultanate of Sulu.She said labor department’s data show that 195 deportees from Sandakan, Sabah, arrived on January 6, while another 109 deportees arrived on January 12, bringing the total number of deportees to 897 this year alone. The transportation expenses of these deportees were shouldered by the Malaysian government, she added.
Baldoz said that because of the uptick in the number of deportees, she had ordered the Department of Labor and Employment’s RCC to strengthen the OSSPC at the height of the Malaysian crackdown on illegal immigrants in 2005.
“We have the template on how to deal with the arrival of deportees and we are activating it and strengthening [OSSPC],” she said.
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