The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday revealed that Taiwanese employers still prefer overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite the diplomatic tension between Taipei and Manila.
She also clarified that the freeze hiring doesn’t mean total ban of hiring Filipino workers.
“Based on the feedback we have received, the employers are just waiting for the situation to be resolved,” the Labor chief said.
“They are still processing rehires only. For new ones, it has really stopped,” Baldoz added.
Earlier, Taiwan government imposed a freeze hiring on OFWs because of the unresolved row between them and the Philippines over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino Coast Guards in Batanes in May.
Manila Economic and Cultural Office also reported that the hiring ban displaced at least 10,000 OFWs in Taiwan while 6,000 others were prevented from deployment.
Meanwhile, Baldoz said they already instituted a Help Desk at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration offices to assist Filipino workers affected by the freeze hiring in Taiwan.
The Labor chief explained that the Help Desk’s task is to provide assistance to repatriated workers from Taiwan including legal assistance to those who have legitimate claims from their recruiters, employers, or principals; livelihood and entrepreneurial development assistance; and referral for local and overseas employment.
“I task the Help Desk to produce a profile of the OFWs returning from Taiwan, including their principals, employers, and deploying agencies, and to provide the Office of the DOLE Secretary accurate information.
Johanna M. Sampan