63 Filipinos from Sabah remain in DSWD-9 custody

63 Filipinos from Sabah remain in DSWD-9 custody

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 9 (DSWD-9) said Wednesday that 63 Filipinos who arrived from Sabah are still in the custody of DSWD’s facility here.

Ivan Salvador, DSWD-9 information officer, said that the 63 individuals are part of the 1,596 Filipino who arrived here from Sabah in four batches.

Salvador said that 48 of the 63 belong to the first and second batches of Filipinos returning from Sabah while the remaining 15 are part of the latest arrivals who are currently housed at the Processing Center for Displaced Persons (PDCP) of the DSWD in Barangay Talon-Talon here.

Salvador said the profiles of the returning Filipinos have already been assessed and they are ready to depart to their respective places anytime.

“We are just waiting for the acceptance letter from their respective local government units. We have also coordinated with the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) to assist as in terms of transportation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DSWD said that the 16 stateless persons who arrived here together with the returning Filipinos are “truly Filipinos because they have been identified by their relatives and families”.

Salvador said the 16 persons, earlier classified as stateless, are now reunited with their respective families.

“We profiled them and we were able to locate their families, who in turn vouched that they are Filipinos,” Salvador said.— Source: Salvador Santiago / (PNA)

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