179 deportees arrive in Zambo from Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:57

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office-9 (OWWA-RWO-9), together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assisted 179 deportees from Sabah, Malaysia as they arrived in Zamboanga City recently.

The deportees were brought to the DSWD Holding Area located in Barangay Talon-Talon for interview and debriefing session. As an agency that promotes and protects the welfare of the workers abroad, the OWWA-RWO-9, through its Family Welfare Officer (FWO) and Staff, conducted an orientation with the deportees on how the agency’s One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) can be of help to them.

OWWA-RWO-9 Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain emphasized the importance of going through a legal process in working outside the country.

FWO Ladjakaya S. Abubakar conducted the orientation among the deportees regarding the programs and services of OWWA. The latter also discussed about legal matters including how to acquire passport and other travel documents, where and whom to approach regarding specific concerns, proper processes in working abroad, and illegal trafficking.

As per report, 40 among the 179 deportees were victims of Human Trafficking.

Director Jumdain calls for the attention of all OFW or overseas employment applicants to visit the OWWA RWO-9 and POEA office for the proper orientation and awareness to avoid such incident.