400 Filipino Returnees Arrived Zamboanga City Thursday Night


Four Hundred Filipino returnees coming from Sabah, Malaysia arrived Zamboanga City aboard MV Antonia Thursday night.

This is now the third batch of the 5,300 returnees deported from Malaysia.

Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD 9 information officer said in an interview with RPN DXXX Zamboanga, among those who arrived were 71 females and 329 males.

Of these returning Filipinos, 42 came from other provinces, region 9 there were 57, and from Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi 301.

Salvador said, for the third batch, all passengers disembarked in Zamboanga City.

The DSWD will be in charge of the profiling of the returnees. Food, family food packs, and hygiene kits were also provided to all returnees.

Those from other regions and six stateless were housed at the DSWD Processing Center for Displaced Persons located at Barangay Talon Talon.

Stateless means they have no exact address in the Philippines as they were born and raised in Sabah, Malaysia.

Returnees on board the MV Antonia also tested negative in the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Test to assure they are not carriers of Coronavirus Disease 2019.

A total of 1,189 returnees including the 400 are now back in the Philippines. Salvador said they are eying that all returnees will be home by December. (R.G. Antonet A. Go)


(Source: Interview with Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD 9 Information Officer)

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