Western Mindanao Command facilitated the safe transport of the 87 Filipino migrants who underwent quarantine in Sibakel Island.
They were ferried to Zamboanga City after completing the 21 days quarantine on April 6, 2020.
"We are happy to bring them back to Zamboanga safely and COVID-free," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.
Ten of the 87 migrants were Zamboanguenos. They were fetched by their respective barangay officials upon arrival at the Zamboanga City port.
In a short interview, one of the migrants expressed her sincerest gratitude to the soldiers and all the people who helped and supported them during their stay in the Island.
"Ang bait ng mga sundalo, hindi nila kami iniwan. Kahit anong hirap hindi nila kami iniwan. Maraming salamat po. Kahit medyo pasaway kami, di niyo kami iniwan. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Saludo Kami sa inyo (The soldiers were so kind, they didn't leave us. No matter how hard, they didn't leave us. Thank you very much. Despite our being a little stubborn, you didn't leave us. We salute you. Thank you very much to all of you)," she said.
Others include 25 from Zamboanga del Norte, 16 from Zamboanga del Sur, 9 from Zamboanga Sibugay, 6 from Misamis Occidental, 1 from Lanao del Norte, 2 from Cagayan de Oro, 8 from Tawi-Tawi, 4 from Davao City, 1 from General Santos City , 1 from Leyte, 1 from Bulacan, 1 from Quezon City, 1 from Sultan Kudarat, and 1 from Bohol. They will temporarily stay at the DSWD 9 compound while waiting for the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantines and lockdowns.
"They have stayed in the island for three weeks and remained to be asymptomatic," said Dr. Abdulhalik Kasim, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Health- BARMM.
"All of them are fine and are safe to return back to their respective hometown," he added.
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