30 Pinoy repatriates from Malaysia now PUIs in Basilan's Sibakel Island

Leizle Lecastesantos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 05:08 PM

Authorities provide tents to repatriates who will be undergoing 14-day quarantine on Sibakel Island in Basilan Province. Photo courtesy of the 4th Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army

At least 30 Filipino repatriates from Malaysia are now persons under investigation after showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019.

They are now temporarily staying on Sibakel Island in Lantawan, Basilan province, an uninhabited island designated by authorities as quarantine area for them.

A report from the Lantawan Municipal Task Force COVID shows that 91 others are listed as persons under monitoring (PUMs).

A total of 121 undocumented Filipinos from Malaysia are presently staying on the island. They will be allowed to go home after 2 weeks of quarantine as part of preventive measures against the spread of the virus.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with other non-government organizations, are continuously providing them with with food packs, hygiene kits, potable water and movable tents.