More than 300 Filipino repatriates from Sabah, Malaysia arrived in Zamboanga City Saturday via a commercial vessel.
Elizabeth Dy, operations chief of the local Department of Social Welfare and Development Office, said Pinoy deportees continue to arrive in Zamboanga City as part of an arrangement made by the country and the Malaysian government.
Dy said the latest batch of deportees include 31 children and 116 young people while the rest were aged 19 and above. She said Malaysian authorities deport the Filipinos after they failed to present proper travel documents.
She said the deportees usually arrive on a Wednesday or Saturday and are brought to DSWD's Center for Displaced People in Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City for processing.
Most of the deportees are usually sent back to their hometowns in Tawi-tawi, Basilan, Sulu and Palawan.