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Action plan drafted for returnees from Sabah


DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—At least 50 representatives of government agencies in the Zamboanga peninsula and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have drafted an action plan to address the heavy influx of Filipino returnees from Sabah, Malaysia.

The plan will include all contributions and possible programs from the different line agencies that could be implemented and provided to the returnees, according to Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.

Based on the April 5 report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office (DSWD-DRRRO), some 5,349 Filipinos have arrived from Sabah.

“The need to converge and pool our resources as well as synchronize our activities is a demand that we need to address,” said Social Welfare Undersecretary Parisya Hashim-Taradji, who presided over the meeting in Zamboanga City recently.

One action plan is to issue a Family Access Card to displaced persons from Sabah upon disembarkation at any point in Mindanao.

The Provincial Social Welfare Officers (PSWOs) of the three provinces of ARMM — Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan —  will provide color-coded cards to displaced families to entitle them to services being provided by the national and local governments to prevent duplication in the availment of the services.

Taradji explained that the access cards would systematize the provision of relief, transportation, and shelter assistance and cash-for-work to the displaced families.

She added that the DSWD deployed 12 social workers to Sabah on April 8 to reinforce the efforts of staff currently assisting the affected Filipinos.

Taradji further disclosed that the DSWD would deploy a four-man team to Tawi-Tawi and Sulu on April 9-13 to undertake needs assessment and contingency planning for the continued arrival of displaced Filipinos from Sabah.

To date, a total of P10.4 million worth of humanitarian aid was provided to the affected families through the combined resources of DSWD (P10.4 million) and NGOs (P4,100). The aid includes relief packs, hygiene kits and transportation assistance.

The One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, is another mechanism set-up by the government to facilitate long-term interventions.  The process flow involves two phases – Phase I which DSWD is tasked to handle and Phase II where the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) comes in.

Phase I includes the arrival of displaced families to the Philippines, where they are immediately attended to as well as interviewed and assessed for appropriate intervention.

Phase II highlights the provision of needed assistance to the displaced families, which covers three options such as the processing of papers for return to employers in Malaysia, the reintegration process for wage employment, and the provision of livelihood assistance (self-employment).

The OSPC mechanism was implemented in 1997 when Malaysia strictly enforced its Immigration Act.  Thousands of Filipinos were deported due to expired work papers, lack of documents and illegal residency status.

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Tags: Armed conflict , ARMM , Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao , Corazon "Dinky" Soliman , Department of Social Welfare and Development , evacuation , Global Nation , Insurgency , intrusions , occupation , Philippines , refugees , Sabah , Sultanate of Sulu , territorial disputes , Territories

  • phantomofhope

    puro na lang action plans! pwe!

  • Brax82

    Naku si Dinky nanaman. Ala nnman mangyayare dito.

  • Pinoy Bodoh

    i thought jamalul “fake” kiram is opening huge factories there to provide for at least 5000 jobs? hahahahaha

  • regd

    And kirams contribution to make things better is?
    Or better, what else did he do aside from making things worse?

  • John John

    Still no further reports on “The Malaysian Killing fields in Sabah” from these returnees?
    No more juicy stories,nang?

  • disqusted0fu

    These are just plans. The actions are unlikely. Dinky uses CCT for the benefit of the allies of the administration as well as she was planning to use the relief goods for the campaigning of team pnoy. These are the types of actions that we can expect from Dinky.

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