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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

10 reasons for OFW to choose Taiwan as next work destination


Finding work abroad is not easy as 1, 2, 3. As of the moment, there are an increasing number of in-demand jobs for Filipinos in the field of health, factory, engineering, entertainment, household and many others. It is important that you do your own research so that you will know what countries you will end up to.  Taiwan is one of the top Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) destination in Southeast Asia since 2003. Other than big Filipino population in Taiwan (feels like home), here are 10 reasons to consider why OFWs should choose Taiwan as their next work destination;  1. Taiwanese government assured OFWs of fair treatment.  The Taiwanese government pays attention to the well-being of every migrant worker and tries to make them comfortable on the job and in their daily lives in the island country.  2. OFWs in Taiwan are protected by laws.  Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan to the Philippines quoted saying  “In contrast to the unfair and discriminatory treatments meted out to the Filipino OFWs in some countries, more than 150,000 Filipino OFWs in Taiwan are fairly treated and well protected by the law in Taiwan,”  3. Not just Filipinos, but foreign workers are guaranteed with a national minimum wage in Taiwan  Last September, the Ministry of Labor announces a 5% wage increase of migrant workers in the country





Finding work abroad is not easy as 1, 2, 3. As of the moment, there are an increasing number of in-demand jobs for Filipinos in the field of health, factory, engineering, entertainment, household and many others. It is important that you do your own research so that you will know what countries you will end up to.

Taiwan is one of the top Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) destination in Southeast Asia since 2003. Other than big Filipino population in Taiwan (feels like home), here are 10 reasons to consider why OFWs should choose Taiwan as their next work destination;

1. Taiwanese government assured OFWs of fair treatment.

The Taiwanese government pays attention to the well-being of every migrant worker and tries to make them comfortable on the job and in their daily lives in the island country.

2. OFWs in Taiwan are protected by laws.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan to the Philippines quoted saying

“In contrast to the unfair and discriminatory treatments meted out to the Filipino OFWs in some countries, more than 150,000 Filipino OFWs in Taiwan are fairly treated and well protected by the law in Taiwan,”

3. Not just Filipinos, but foreign workers are 
guaranteed with a national minimum wage in Taiwan

Last September, the Ministry of Labor announces a 5% wage increase of migrant workers in the country

(Workers in Garment Factory in Taiwan)


4. Foreign workers receive exactly the same national health insurance as Taiwanese do.


5.Taiwan is a peaceful country.

In 2014, Taiwan is named as a second safest country in Asia, next to Japan according to Lifestyle9.com based on crime statistics from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It is also ranked number 28 as the safest country in the whole world in 2014 according to MSN news.

Taiwan is one of the best places to live in terms of low exposure to violent crimes and robbery, the website said.






6. Taiwanese are friendly, tender-hearted and honest
"It is the country where you can find people who help you before you approach. Many tourists reviewed that they never felt danger in Taiwan,"  Lifestyle9.com said.

7. Cost of living is relatively low compared to other countries.

Some companies offer free accommodations to their workers and sometimes, these accommodations are usually within the premises of the factory which means free transportation.
Lin also assured that Taiwan is a “peaceful, law-abiding and non-threatening” place for foreigners.
(Caregiver in Taiwan CTO)

8. Fair and transparent trials based on the due process of law for those who committed crimes.


There are only two Filipinos committed serious crimes in Taiwan;


1. Nemencia Armia - initially sentenced to death by the Kaohsiung District Court in 2007 for stabbing her job broker.

However in 2010 for humanitarian reason, the Taiwan High Court’s Kaohsiung branch overruled a lower court’s death sentence and twice sentenced Armia to life in prison.

2. Darwin Gorospe Sarmiento - sentenced by Taiwan’s District Court in 2015 to death for killing a grocery store owner in 2014.

However, Taiwan’s Supreme Court said Sarmiento did not intend to kill the owner but was trying to rob the grocery store. It also noted Sarmiento had been under severe financial pressure to settle medical bills for his daughter who has a congenital heart disease.

Eventually, instead of the death penalty, the Supreme Court in Taiwan commuted the sentence of Sarmiento to life imprisonment.

“Taiwan’s clemency for the said two Filipinos over the above murder cases shows that Taiwan has not only adhered to the due process of law but also fulfilled the universal value of the respect for human rights and humanitarian compassion,” Lin said.

Lin added that "if the two convicts have been penitent and behaved well in prisons, they are eligible to apply for the parole after serving certain years required by the law in Taiwan.”

Even the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office is willing to help the families of Armia and Sarmiento if they wish to visit them in Taiwan.

“The public’s confidence in the judiciary in Taiwan is high, as its legal system is based on efficiency, accessibility, judicial transparency, fairness, and integrity,” the envoy wrote. “Taiwan’s legal system is not geared toward exercising the principle of vengeance. Rather, its major aim is to set the convicts on the right path and focus on the importance of rehabilitation.”


9.Vibrant Filipino Community

There are approximately 80,000 Filipinos in Taiwan. According to Wikipedia, Filipinos comprises the third largest national contingent of migrant workers and account for about one-fifth of foreign workers in Taiwan. There are about 77,933 Filipino workers in Taiwan, with 53,868 of them working in the manufacturing sector and 22,994 people working as caregivers.

10. Close to the Philippines


Located in the north of the Philippines and just 45 minutes flight from Manila. This means, closer to family and easier to travel. The Philippines and Taiwan share the same timezone too, therefore, communication is not that hard.


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