NOT a single Dabawenyos is among the 41 Filipinos repatriated from Indonesia, an official said, but they were still given pocket money and their fares were provided by the Davao City Government.
"Abi nato nga naay Davao City but most of them are outside Davao City (We thought there were Dabawenyos, but most of them are from outside Davao City)," said Davao City Social Services and Development Office head Maria Luisa Bermudo, who met the repatriates at the Sasa Wharf on Sunday morning, July 16.
Bermudo said 16 repatriates were from General Santos City, Glan town, and Saranggani Province; seven from Sigaboy, Governor Generoso; and 14 from Zamboanga, Tawi-tawi and from Zamboanga del Sur. She did not say where the rest are from.
"Yesterday (Sunday) they were assessed immediately after sa mga process of documentation, from the ID (identification) in the Department of Foreign Affairs, each of their documents were processed, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development immediately provided transportation," she said.
Bermudo said that a financial assistance of P2,000 were given per person, adding that the City Government provided vehicle from the wharf to the terminal for those who will return to other areas.
"We told them to report to their different local government units, and local social welfare for other support services," she said.
The repatriates are mostly fishermen, Bermudo said. One of the 41 who hails from Zamboanga is pregnant.
She said that the interview process of documents ended at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday as the welcome ceremony started around 8:20 a.m.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on July 18, 2017.
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