PCG prepares for Malaysia's deportees crackdown Print
Thursday, 06 September 2018 16:42

Philippine Coast Guard SouthWestern Mindanao is now bracing for the upcoming mass deportation of undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia.

PCG SOWESMIN commander Captain Joseph Coyme said that he already gave specific directives to Zamboanga City Coast Guard Station chief Liutenant Commander Noriel Ramos to prepare the necessary request to his headquarters, adopt contingency plans, and establish further coordination to government line agencies who are involved in deportation issues.

LCDR Ramos said that as early as now, his command has already been preparing for it since Zamboanga City is the transhipment point as well as the processing center for backdoor deportees.

The move of the PCG came after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) last week warned undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia to expect an immigration crackdown with the end of the country’s voluntary deportation program.

The Malaysian government had said the amnesty program, launched in 2016, would no longer be extended.

There are an estimated 400,000 undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia, according to the DFA.

"We have been dealing with the deportation issues for quite a long time already, but this time it’s different because it’s a huge number we will be dealing with the soonest, we need the support of other government line agencies," Ramos said.

He also said that PCG SOWESMIN is ready to assist Filipinos who would be affected by the forthcoming immigration operations. (PCG ZAMBOANGA)