Food, travel docs reach Pinoys in Sabah

Posted at 03/22/2013 4:23 PM | Updated as of 03/22/2013 5:45 PM

MANILA – Humanitarian teams from the Philippine embassy in Malaysia have been allowed to reach Filipino evacuees in the conflict-hit region of Sabah.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said food packs and hygiene kits have reached some 1,500 Filipino evacuees at the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) in Salahat area.

"Despite the challenges, our humanitarian/consular teams are deeply committed to providing assistance to our nationals in Sabah. One of the most important pillars of Philippine foreign policy is assistance to nationals, and we are working double time in providing it to them," Malaya said.

The humanitarian and consular teams have also processed at least 348 travel documents and passports for Filipinos in Tawau who want to return to the Philippines but are afraid of being caught by Malaysian authorities.

Malaysian authorities have yet to respond to the Philippines' request of full access to all Filipino evacuees in Sabah. – report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM