DSWD conducts mass registration of Sabah DPs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 July 2013 13:34

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-9 (DSWD-9) will be conducting from August 5 to 9, 2013 a mass registration of Displaced Persons (DPs) and families affected by Sabah conflict.

DSWD-9 Regional Information Officer Narabelle Z. Bue said the department is currently preparing concrete and complete data banking of Sabah DPs to pinpoint and identify their whereabouts and their total number (population) in the region.

“The data that DSWD will be able to generate will help us pinpoint who and where the Sabah DPs are in the region,” Bue said.

She said the data collected “may also be used as basis for the formulation and conceptualization of programs and projects for their benefit.”

The profile may serve as a guide in the department’s efforts and even other agencies and organizations goal to assist the Sabah DPs in the region and as a basis in formulating and developing policies and programs intended for them.

The MR targets Sabah DPs who failed or refused to register in the “One-Stop Shop Processing Center (OSPC) set up by DSWD in Taganak Island.

“Ang nangyari kasi sila (DPs) mismo, they refused government help, o baka napapagod sila sa proseso kaya umuwi sila on their own, sakay ng bangka, kung baga nag “back-door” sila pabalik, di sila sumakay ng commercial vessel being provided to them by the government (What happened was they refused government help themselves. Perhaps, they got tired of the process, they went home on their own using other boats and not the commercial vessels provided for them),” Bue explained.

“We call on all those affected by the Sabah conflict which started March of this year, we are reaching out to them, encouraging them to please register with the DSWD offices in your area so you may be included in government assistance intended for your benefit,” Bue appealed.

Bue advises DPs to bring proof or travel documents upon registration.

The mass registration will be conducted in the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Dapitan, and Isabela and in Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. — FPG/JPA/PIA9