DFA: Crackdown sa mga undocumented migrant worker sa Malaysia, simula na ngayong Martes

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“This facilitation will continue and consular outreach missions will also proceed as scheduled in order to reach and serve as many Filipinos as possible.” — Department of Foreign Affairs Spokeperson Raul Hernandez

“This facilitation will continue and consular outreach missions will also proceed as scheduled in order to reach and serve as many Filipinos as possible.” — Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez

MANILA, Philippines – Nakahanda ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na tulungan ang mga Pilipino na maaapektuhan ng crackdown ng Malaysian government sa mga undocumented foreign worker na magsisimula ngayong Martes, Enero 21.

Ayon sa DFA, may 700-libong Pilipino ang nasa Malaysia ngayon, at tinatayang nasa 20-libo hanggang 30-libo dito ang undocumented o walang papeles.

Sinabi ni DFA Spokesman Asec. Raul Hernandez na simula noong Setyembre hanggang Disyembre 2013, mahigit limang libo na ang sumailalim sa voluntary repatriation program ng pamahalaan.

“This facilitation will continue and consular outreach missions will also proceed as scheduled in order to reach and serve as many Filipinos as possible,” pahayag nito.

Ayon pa sa DFA, kung ibibilang ng gobyerno ng Malaysia ang Sabah sa isasagawang crackdown, posibleng mas maraming Pilipino pa ang maapektuhan.

Sa ngayon ay hindi pa matiyak ng DFA kung ilan sa 400-libong Pilipino na nasa Sabah ang walang papeles.

Ani Hernandez, “Well, if we include the Filipinos in Sabah, there will be more because there are so many Filipinos in Sabah.”

Muli namang nanawagan ang DFA sa mga undocumented migrant Filipino worker na boluntaryong sumuko sa awtoridad upang hindi bumigat ang kaso.

Nakahanda naman ang kagawaran na tulungan ang mga ito upang makauwi ng bansa. (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DFA finalizes repatriation for 11 stranded Filipino seafarers onboard Ocean Star 86

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is finalizing the repatriation of the remaining 11 Filipino seafarers stranded in Chinese waters onboard Ocean Star 86 since March 24.

The DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are already coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in China. OWWA said the seafarers will be able to return home by next week.

“Mayroon na po napipintong repatriation either this coming week or first week of October ng ating mga mahal na stranded seafarers sa China (Our stranded seafarers in China will be repatriated either this coming week or first week of October). We are now providing assistance to the seafarers,” according to OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

Based on the information received by OWWA, the Ocean Star 86 is docked in the mainland and the Philippine Embassy in China has been providing assistance to the seafarers. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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OFW accused of murder in Saudi Arabia returns home after release – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipina migrant worker who was charged with murder in Saudi Arabia has returned home following her release from prison, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said Rose Policarpio arrived in Manila on Tuesday after spending almost six years in jail for a crime she did not commit.

“Ms. Policarpio’s eventual acquittal is an example of the government’s commitment in protecting and promoting the rights of our OFWs. With her new lease on life, we wish her success in her future endeavors,” DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

Policarpio, 31 years old, was deployed as a food server in Saudi Arabia in 2013. A few days after her arrival in Riyadh, she was imprisoned for murder after being accused of killing her employer.

She had consistently denied the crime and was eventually found not guilty by the lower court, the verdict of which was sustained by the court of appeals, leading to her eventual release from detention and repatriation.

The DFA said that through its Legal Assistance Fund (LAF), it provided for the services of her legal counsel. The Philippine Embassy also regularly visited her in jail and provided her with welfare assistance.

After securing her release, the DFA settled her incurred immigration penalties and secured her exit visa.

“This is a vindication of Ms. Policarpio and a clear declaration of her innocence. This is also a testament that the DFA and its people are willing to go the extra mile in order to protect and safeguard the rights of our kababayan wherever they are in the world,” Arriola said.

The DFA said Policarpio will be reunited with her family once COVID-19 health protocols are complied with.

Filipinos in Mali told to prepare for evacuation as DFA raises alert level 2

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday advised Filipinos based in Mali to limit their movements and prepare for possible evacuation as it raised alert level 2 amid the political unrest in the country.

“Filipinos in Mali are advised to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy in Rabat, Morocco for further advisories and may contact them at +212-694202178 or via email at rabat.pe@dfa.gov.ph,” the DFA said in a statement.

The department said it raised the Alert Level 2 in Mali last Sept. 18 due to the current political and security situation in the country.

“Alert Level 2 is issued when there are threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbances, instability, and/or external threat,” the DFA said.

Under this alert level, Filipinos are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation, it added.

Political unrest ensued in Mali after it installed a transition government following a coup that forced its president to resign.

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