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Migrant workers from Philippines prefer working in factories

Migrant workers from Philippines prefer working in factories

Manila, July 4 (CNA) Most of the nearly 120,000 migrant workers from the Philippines in Taiwan are working in factories, where they are working regular hours and the work demands are less complicated, according to a lawyer of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei. Authur Abiera, Jr. told CNA reporter that the Ministry of Labor of the Philippines in recent years has allowed fewer workers seeking jobs as caregivers or household helpers to go overseas, partly because some foreign countries have not provided adequate regulations to protect the welfare of the workers of these categories. According to statistics compiled by MECO, the number of Philippine migrant workers in Taiwan dropped to a record low of 84,513 last September when Taiwan imposed a ban against more Philippine workers in the wake of a fishery dispute between Taipei and Manila. Since Taipei lifted the ban upon receiving an official apology from Manila, more than 30,000 new Philippine workers have come to Taiwan in the past few months, and the total number stood at 118,761, by the end of May. Philippine workers, in general, indicate a preference for working in factories, because they can expect regular working hours, holidays, pay raises and extra pay for overtime, according to a Philippine manpower agency. The source said that brokers are also in favor of sending workers to factories, because for each one recruited, a broker can receive 50,000 Philippine pesos (around NT$38,000), while no commission is allowed to be charged in the case of caregivers and household helpers. At the same time, there still is demand for Philippine caregivers and household helpers in Taiwan, the Taiwanese partners of the Philippine manpower agencies pay a maximum of 27.000 Philippine pesos to the Philippine agencies for each of the recruits to cover air tickets and insurance, which the migrants are expected to pay back to the Taiwanese agents in monthly installments. Taiwan is still a favored destination for blue-collar Philippine workers seeking jobs abroad, but migrant workers with professional skills and English language proficiency are less interested in neighboring Hongkong, Singapore and Taiwan, and they would rather choose the United States, Europe, or the Middle East, given them the choice, the source said. (By Emerson Lam and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-21 04:52 GMT+08:00