Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:52
The Philippine Government through the multi-agencies of the "One-Stop Processing Center" is now fast-tracking the formulation of policies, guidelines, procedures and system for the repatriation of 45,894 undocumented Oversees Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents either working or staying in Malaysia illegally.
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Regional Director Lawyer Manuel Almendares, who is a member of the multi-agencies task force of undocumented OFWs in Malaysia, said that Ms. Juvy Raijit of Agense Pekerjaan Cahaya Pelita based in Kuala Lumpur informed the Philippine government of the forthcoming conclusion of the amnesty within a month's time.
This amnesty program of the Malaysian Government for all illegal and undocumented overseas Filipinos working either in plantations or business corporations in Malaysia, including women and children, will end on October 10.
Lawyer Almendares said that the member-agencies of the "One-Stop Processing Center" are now formulating the policies, guidelines and systems in the repatriation of the 45,894 OFWs illegally staying working in Malaysia without legal documents.
These repatriates will include 10,843 female OFWs illegally working in Malaysia with 6,705 dependents and 6,611 children.
Malaysia immigration records also showed that several of these Filipinos do not possess legal documents allowing their stay as workers in big companies, including plantation and farm lands as workers, he said.
The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) chairs the multi-agencies task force mandated to assist OFWs from Malaysia to be legally documented.
Almendares also said that the 45,894 Filipinos now in Malaysia do not possess legal documents like Philippine passports, and other legal documents that will allow them to either stay or work in Malaysia.
The NBI Regional director said that after the conclusion of the amnesty Program of the Malaysia Government, illegal OFWs and other Filipinos, who failed to avail of the (amnesty) program of the Malaysian Government will already be arrested, detained and deported back to the Philippines.
He said he is hoping that OFWs who are illegally working in Malaysia will avail of the amnesty program of the Malaysian Government before its conclusion next month. (PNA/PIA9-BST)
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