TPEC set up in Bongao for Sabah repatriates PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 July 2013 11:17

A Temporary Passport Enrolment Center (TPEC) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was established at the One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) for Sabah Deportees and Displaced Persons (DPs) in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on July 8, 2013.

Hassan GabraJumdain, OWWA9 Regional Director, and Head of the OSPC Operations in Sulu & Tawi-Tawi, disclosed that the undertaking was a joint effort of the DOLE-OWWA, DSWD, DFA, Crisis Management Committee and the Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi through the former Governor, SadikulSahali, and his son, newly elected Governor NurbertSahali.

“This is the result of the series of meetings and consultations with the different member-agencies involved in the OSPC and of the Memorandum of Agreement signed on April 30, 2013 bearing the commitment of the different duty-bearers, wherein the DFA, represented by Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis, assured of the department’s continuing support and commitment to the success of the OSPC in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, in the fulfillment of its mandate to address the needs of our Filipino Nationals from Sabah,”Jumdain explained.

The OSPC, a special program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), serves as a venue for the implementation of an integrated and systematic welfare assistance program for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and repatriates from Malaysia.

On the other hand, TPEC team will prioritize Filipino deportees and DPs, who may opt to return to Sabah for re-employment. The team will also accommodate regular passport applicants & Hajj applicants including crew members of sea vessels engaged in barter trading.

Led by Dir. Evangeline Cayongcat of DFA, the 7-member TPEC Team processes passport applications from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Provincial Capitol, from Mondays to Fridays.

To date, the team has already served more than 600 passport applicants.

Passport requirements set for DPs and deportees are the ff.: birth certificate duly authenticated by the NSO; DSWD certification attesting to the status of Sabah deportee; NCMF certificate of tribal affiliation and a fee of P950. For new applicants and renewal of passport, processing fee is P1,200.

Jumdain urges fellow Tawi-Tawians to take advantage of the DFA’s service, saying that the TPEC team will hold its special operations only for a period of one (1) month. — Mary Jane R. Amarado, Labor Communications Officer