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 samga foreign workers nanagtrabahoditosa Taiwan, kasamana doon angmga new immigrants. Mostly kaya akonagsasalita ng Chinese kasimayroon 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 angsabiniya [Filipino worker]ngasa akin pwede ba daw silamanganakditosa Taiwan? Sabi ko, pwedenaman,angmasamangayungnabuntis ka tapospapaalisin 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 tayosa Taiwan Labor Standard Law kaya you are allowed (na) mabuntis (o) manganakditosa 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)
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.
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