Taiwan invites Pinoy workers

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A WEEK after lifting its economic sanctions on the Philippines, Taiwan on Tuesday posted the guidelines for workers interested to work there.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said that it is now accepting applications from Filipinos, including blue-collar workers, first-time applicants, substitutes and re-hires.

Those already with work permits and are applying for visas should submit a unified multi-purpose ID (UMID) issued by the Philippine government, birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office and clearance certificate from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The birth certificate and NBI clearance must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and TECO.

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The TECO website said that regular visa processing will take six working days while the expedited visa processing will take three working days.

Last week, Taipei lifted the economic sanctions on the Philippines after the NBI recommended the filing of homicide charges against eight Philippine Coast Guard personnel responsible for the shooting and death of 65-year-old Hong Shi-cheng on May 9.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadeo Perez Jr. went to Taipei to personally “provide a full account of the efforts the Philippine government has made regarding the case.”

Two others were charged for obstruction of justice for tampering with the evidence—a video recording of the incident at the Balintang channel off the waters of Batanes island. Taiwan’s and the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) overlaps on that area.

Both countries are claimants to the resource-rich West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Taiwan demanded the Philippines to formally apologize for the death of the fisherman, punish those responsible for the shooting, pay the Hung family and hold bilateral fishery talks to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The Philippines’ failure to meet the demands on the deadline set resulted in Taiwan’s issuing 11 retaliatory measures, including freezing the hiring of Filipino workers.

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