OWWA acts to repatriate 3 detained OFWs in KL PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 May 2012 16:04

In an attempt to rescue Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) deportees in Malaysia, Overseas Workers Welfare AdministrationRegional Office-9 (OWWA-9)  newly designated Regional Director Hassan Jumdain personally coordinated with the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the repatriation of three OFWs recently.

The three OFWs identified as Johnny Ferrer, Elpidio Manuel Jr. and Eugene Gabbac, all from Cagayan Valley,  were deployed on August 16, 2010 by TMJ International Manpower Services to work as construction workers under the W Construction Corporation in Kota Kinabalu.

Jumdain, a former Labor Attache to Malaysia prior to his appointment as OWWA Regional Director, said that the OFWs were detained by police authorities at the Kipayan Detention Center where they stayed for 26 days due to a brawl they had with some Indonesian nationals in their quarters. After a month, they were transferred to Kimanis Rumamera Deportation Center and stayed there for one month and 25 days.

Jumdain added their agency immediately provided assistance — food, clothing, personal necessities and long distance call — to the families of the three OFW deportees who arrived recently at the Zamboanga Port together with 80 undocumented deportees on board M/V Danica Joy.

The case which was brought to the attention of OWWA Zamboanga was personally coordinated by Director Jumdain with the Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The three OFWs immediately left Zamboanga airport and arrived in Manila where they were met by their families together with Thelma Manzano-Junudi of TMJ International Manpower Services and were assisted by OWWA Officers in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). — MLF