Embassy intensifies consular services to Pinoys in Sabah

Posted at 03/19/2013 4:23 PM | Updated as of 03/19/2013 4:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur has dispatched two of its officials to join its teams conducting humanitarian/consular services to Filipinos in Lahad Datu and nearby areas in Sabah who wish to return to the Philippines.

“The humanitarian/consular teams are operating on a mobile basis, going to areas where their services are most needed. They are assisted by the Embassy’s network of Filipino community leaders in reaching out to our nationals,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said.

There are two embassy teams attending to the needs of Filipinos in Lahad Datu and the other in Tawau.

The embassy’s Philippine Overseas Labor Office has also reached out and checked upon the conditions of the 1,285 Filipino workers deployed in Sabah through the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency since 2011.

Labor attaché Alicia Santos and her staff called on the 17 companies they work for, and the human resource managers of the companies informed the Embassy that the Filipino workers under their employ are safe and are doing well. These companies are in the electronics, construction, plantations, and other industries.

Last year, the embassy held 10 consular missions to Sabah and provided passports and other services to nationals. It has also engaged the National Statistics Office (NSO) for a civil registration drive in November last year to provide birth certificates to Filipinos there. The NSO registered some 2,000 Filipinos during that consular/civil registration drive.

The Philippines has no permanent consular presence in Sabah, in view of issues pertaining to the territory.