DFA urges illegal Pinoy workers in Malaysia to take repatriation offer


Posted at Aug 10 2018 06:54 PM

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MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs urged undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia to take the repatriation offer by its government before it ends this month. 

Charles Jose, Manila's Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur said Friday undocumented migrant workers will face stiffer penalties, including jail time, when the repatriation offer ends. 

"Once the repatriation program ends on August 30, the penalties will be stiffer, there will be jail time. They will be assessed based on the days they've overstayed in Malaysia," he told ANC. 

Jose said the Embassy is ready to assist undocumented Filipinos, particularly on necessary travel documents. He added that they are already intensifying their information dissemination efforts.

He said around 50,000 of 400,000 undocumented Filipino workers have availed of the repatriation offer in two and a half years, while about 8,000 took part in Malaysia's rehiring program.