During the course of arrival, Director Buenafe together with Undersecretary Cesar Yano of Department of National Defense and Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) witnessed the process and other basic quarantine procedures observed by the returnees.
Director Buenafe assured that the DOLE 9 shall be closely coordinating with the Field Offices and Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) for the provision of employment and livelihood services to the returnees.
At the One-Stop-Shop service area, DOLE 9 provided Information materials and guidance on the reintegration of REFS in their respective communities. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Unit IX (OWWA IX) led by RD Priscilla Flores distributed packed dinner to all the REFS.
A total of 5,300 REFS shall be ferried in batches in 15-day intervals. With the 2nd batch of REFS arrival, there are now 788 Returning Filipinos from Sabah who are in their respective communities in the country. END/With reports from Michael Vincent Macrohon, LEO-III-TSSD