Jolo, Sulu – After two months of quarantine at Sibakel Island, Lantawan, Basilan, twenty-four (24) Filipino migrants from Sabah, Malaysia already returned to Jolo, Sulu via Philippine Navy Vessel LC 290 at Hadji Warid Pier around 10 o’clock in the morning on May 27, 2020.

Colonel Antonio I Bautista Jr., Commander of Metro Jolo Inter-Agency Task Group, assisted the Sulu Rural Health Unit (RHU)/Integrated Provincial Health Office in the mandatory check-up administered to the migrants in compliance with Executive Order No. 07-2020. Sulu LGUs transported them back to their homes where they will undergo home quarantine to comply with the necessary health protocols.

The Sulu Interagency Task Force issued travel order to repatriated Filipinos who are from the following areas: one from Brgy. Kamaunggi, Tapul; one from Brgy. Tulay, Jolo; one from Brgy. Kulay-kulay Panamao; one Brgy. Buanza, Indanan; two from Brgy. Niyog-niyog, Luuk; three from Brgy. Kayawan-kayawan, Pata; five from Brgy. Sionogan, Indanan; and ten from Brgy. Kajatian, Indanan, all of Province of Sulu.

Said Filipinos were among the 121 migrants who were denied entry to the mainland Basilan last March 16 from Malaysia when the Enhanced Community Quarantine took effect. The Western Mindanao Command in coordination with the Department of Health built a facility to temporarily house them.

Major General Corleto S. Vinluan Jr., Commander of 11th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Sulu said it will continually support the Sulu Task Force COVID-19 in all its mandates. “As peace-keepers, it is also part of our job to bring these families back to their homes. The military is very willing to assist the government of Sulu in all its endeavors amidst the pandemic,” he said.