Filipino radio program airs weekly in Taiwan

Marje Pelayo   •   March 10, 2019   •   2057

Filipina radio host, Jay Rose ‘Kaibigang Jay’ Ho. (Photo by Chris Narag|PVI)

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A Filipino radio program has been hitting the airwaves in Taiwan since February 2016.

It is hosted by Jay Rose Ho or simply ‘Kaibigang Jay’, a daughter of a Filipina overseas worker who eventually became an immigrant in Taiwan.

Her program entitled “Feel at Home Ka Dito” is delivered in Filipino language and airs weekly through Taiwan Broadcasting Corporation.

It aims to answer questions of Filipinos living and working in the state.

“(Ito ay) para sa mga foreign workers na nagtrabaho dito sa Taiwan, kasama na doon ang mga new immigrants. Mostly kaya ako nagsasalita ng Chinese kasi mayroon ding nakikinig (gaya ng) aking employer or agency or broker (This is for foreign workers here in Taiwan including the new immigrants. I mostly speak Chinese because I also have local listeners like my employer, my agency or broker),” Ho said.

The program has four segments. The first part talks about the latest local news and updates. This is when ‘Kaibigan Jay’ also shares personal experiences and observations that can inspire her listeners.

The second part talks about Taiwan laws that immigrant should know.

Meanwhile, the third part is a much more specific discussion about the latest news involving Filipinos in the country.

Lastly, ‘Kaibigang Jay’ offers Mandarin lessons on air.

Jay said her former job at Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor Help Hotline 1955 was helpful for her to be able to extract and explain the details of the country’s labor laws and for Filipinos to be informed on which measures to take should they encounter problems in their workplace.

Jay’s program has been instrumental in solving several problems of Filipino workers who have asked for help through her program.

“Recently ang sabi niya [Filipino worker] nga sa akin pwede ba daw sila manganak dito sa Taiwan? Sabi ko, pwede naman, ang masama nga yung nabuntis ka tapos papaalisin ka papirmahin ka ng letter (Recently, a Filipino worker asked me if she can give birth here in Taiwan. I said yes. What’s worst is when you are pregnant and then suddenly you will be asked to leave and sign a letter),” she explained.

“Mayroon kang rights. Kasama tayo sa Taiwan Labor Standard Law kaya you are allowed (na) mabuntis (o) manganak dito sa Taiwan (You have rights. We are covered under the Taiwan Labor Standard Law so you are allowed to conceive and give birth here in Taiwan),” she added.

Jay invites other Filipinos in Taiwan to join her on board to share to the Taiwanese community the Filipino culture, the beautiful places in the Philippines and the Filipino values.

She hopes to be of help to more Filipinos in the future through her humble program. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan rejects deportation call against Pinay caregiver critical of Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The country’s foreign ministry has rejected calls for the deportation of a Filipina caregiver accused of cyber-libel by a Philippine labor official in Taiwan for “willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte.”

In a news conference on Tuesday (April 28), Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou noted that as a democratic country, Taiwan gives the same treatment to all foreign workers as its own citizens and that “their rights are protected, including freedom of speech.”

Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag of the Philippines Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taichung, Taiwan brought up the issue on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) website on Saturday (April 25).

In a press statement, Macauyag said the Filipina worker’s action “intended to cause hatred amidst the current global health crisis caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”

The Pinay caregiver,  identified as Elanei Egot Ordidor, is employed in Yunlin County in Taiwan.

The official alleged that Ordidor was using multiple social media accounts and joined groups “organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government.”

He said his staff went to warn the OFW of the consequences of her posts on April 20 to which she conceded and assured to delete them and post a public apology to the President and the Philippines government.

His office also has coordinated with the worker’s broker and employer on her deportation on her supposed violation of the Philippines’ Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In an interview with Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA), Philippine representative and chair of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei, Angelito Banayo said there was no instruction coming from the Philippines regarding the matter. 

He also noted that the order for deportation is a sovereign right of Taiwan being the host government.

“So the question of deportation is something that only the Taiwanese government can decide upon,” he said.

PAL, Cebu Pacific resume PH-Taiwan flights

Marje Pelayo   •   February 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific announced the resumption of their respective flights to Taiwan.

The decision came after the Philippine government lifted its travel ban imposed on the island nation due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Flag carrier PAL said they will operate the following flight schedule going to and from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport:

February 21 to February 29 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

  • PR 890 Manila-Taipei
  • PR 891 Taipei-Manila

March 1 (onwards)

  • PR890 – Manila (6:05 AM) to Taipei (8:30 AM)
  • PR891 – Taipei (9:30 AM) to Manila (11:40 AM)

March 29 (onwards)

  • Standard regular schedule of twice-daily flights
    • (PR890/PR891 and PR894/PR 895)

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific also announced resumption of the following flights:

February 17 (until further notice)

  • 5J310 Manila-Taipei  (Departs 10:40 pm)

February 18 (until further notice)

  • 5J311 Taipei-Manila  (Departs 1:45am Mon/Wed/Sat; 2:15am Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun)

February 21 (until further notice)

Manila-Taipei

  • 5J 312 (Departs 7:05 am)
  • 5J 310 (Departs 10:40 pm)

Taipei-Manila

  • 5J311 (Departs 1:45 am)
  • 5J313 (Departs 10:45 am)

For passengers who booked the said flights but have not availed for refund will depart as scheduled.

Passengers may also check the status of their flights through Cebu Pacific’s website on the Manage Booking menu.

Taiwan reports first death due to coronavirus disease

Marje Pelayo   •   February 17, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The country’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported on Sunday (February 16) the nation’s first death of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chun, the patient was a 61-year-old male living in central Taiwan.

He had Hepatitis B and diabetes prior to contracting the virus.

He, however, had no record of overseas travel, according to Minister Chen.

“This could be Taiwan’s first community transmitted case,” Chen noted in a press briefing.

The man is the country’s 19th confirmed case of COVID-19.

Health officials are still working to determine how he contracted the disease as he worked as a taxi driver who had customers who regularly travels from China, Macau and Hong Kong.

Investigations are being worked out on the man’s medical records, phone records and history of his travel within the country.

Chen said the patient first developed cough on January 27 and he was admitted to the hospital of February 3 due to shortness of breath.

He passed away on February 15 due to pneumonia and sepsis after being confirmed to have COVID-19, according to the Health Minister.

Meanwhile, Minister Chen announced the country’s 20th confirmed case, a 51-year-old male, identified as the younger brother of the 19th patient.

Despite these, Chen reiterated that healthy individuals need not to wear mask but advised the public to constantly wash hands for prevention.

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