MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were sent back to the Philippines by Malaysia due to lack of documents.
The 241 Filipinos, mostly women and children, arrived at the Zamboanga City port Wednesday.
One of the workers Fatima Abdullah, who claimed that she had been working in Sandakan for more than 2 decades, said Malaysian police asked for her passport and refused to accept her working documents.
Abdullah said financial trouble prevented her from saving money to acquire a passport.
She said she had to send money to the Philippines to support her 6 children in Davao City.
The undocumented Filipino workers were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Processing Center for Displaced Persons.
Manpower Development Officer Abdurajul Abduhalin said the OFWs’ complaints will be addressed, documented, and sent to the central office for action.
More than 4,500 repatriated Filipinos were served by the DSWD office this year so far. — Report from Jewel Reyes, ABS-C