3,513 passports issued by DFA-TPEC at OSPC in Bongao PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:43

A total 3513e-passports were processed and released by the Department of Foreign Affairs-Temporary Passport Enrolment Center (DFA-TPEC) team at the One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) for Sabah Displaced Persons (DPs) and Deportees in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi during their one-month special operation which started on July 8 and ended on August 7, 2013.
Hassan Gabra Jumdain, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Director and head of the OSPC Operations in Sulu &Tawi-Tawi reported this yesterday to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon after receiving the production report from Mr. Aurelio Exaltacion, head of the DFA-TPEC Team 2.
The TPEC accommodated passport applicants especially deportees and DPs who plan to return to Sabah for re-employment, and also regular passport applicants.
“The releasing of passports was done on August 30 to September 1, 2013 at the OSPC-Bongao, which was headed by Ms. Evangeline Cayongcat of the DFA-TPEC Team 1,” Jumdain added.
For applicants who were unable to claim their passport, they may claim their passport at the DFA-regional Consular Office in Zamboanga City.
During the profiling and screening of applicants held at the OSPC on 23 July 2013, Kasmer J. Hasani, a former OFW who had worked in Sabah and was displaced during the recent standoff manifested his intent to go back to Sabah for re-employment.
“Babalik kame ng kuya kosa Sabah upang makapagtrabaho ulit dun. Kaya nagpapasalamat kame sa OSPC at sa DFA, dahil sa pagpunta nila dito marami silang taong natulungan nahindi na kailangan lumuwas pa papuntang Zamboanga City para mag apply ng passport,”Hasani said.
The establishment of the Temporary Passport Enrolment Center was the result of the series of meeting and consultation with the different member-agencies involved in the OSPC and of the Memorandum of Agreement signed on 30 April 2013 bearing the commitment of the different duty-bearers.
According to Jumdain, the success of the OSPC-Bongaois a manifestation of the commitment and the  joint effort of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Statistics Office (NSO), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Crisis Management Committee (CMC), Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)  and the Office of the Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi.
The OSPC is a DOLE-led program geared towards the fulfillment of its mandate to address the needs of the Filipino nationals from Sabah. — Mary Jane R. Amarado, Labor Communications Officer.