Japanese government, itinanggi ang ulat na inalis na ang visa requirement para sa mga Pilipinong turista

admin   •   June 28, 2013   •   2364

FILE PHOTO: Ang Tokyo International Airport na kilala rin sa mga tawag na Haneda Airport o Tokyo Haneda Airport na siyang pinaka-abalang paliparan sa Japan at pangalawa sa buong Asya. (CREDITS: TOKATO MARUI / Wikipedia)

FILE PHOTO: Ang Tokyo International Airport na kilala rin sa mga tawag na Haneda Airport o Tokyo Haneda Airport na siyang pinaka-abalang paliparan sa Japan at pangalawa sa buong Asya. (CREDITS: TOKATO MARUI / Wikipedia)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinabulaanan ng Japanese government ang kumakalat na balita sa news wires na inalis na nito ang visa requirement para sa mga Pilipinong bibisita sa Japan.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng Japan na tanging mga Thai at Malaysian nationals ang binibigyan nila ng visa exemptions.

Una nang nagpalabas ng statement ang Ministry of Foreign Affairs ng Japan na naglilinaw sa naturang balita.

Ayon sa ahensya, ang pinapayagan ng Japan ay ang pag-iisyu ng multiple entry visas sa mga Filipino citizen na valid ng tatlong taon.

Maaari namang manatili sa bansa ng hanggang labinlimang araw ang sinumang Filipino na may visa.

Sinumang Pinoy na interesadong kumuha ng visa sa Japan ay kailangang mag-apply sa Japanese embassy sa pamamagitan ng mga accredited na ahensya.

Hindi direktang tumatanggap ng visa applications ang embahada sa bansa. (UNTV News)

Taiwan gov’t lauds PH Court ruling in Balintang shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

TAIWAN – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (September 18) lauded the Manila Regional Trial Court’s ruling on eight personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the May 2013 Balintang Channel shooting incident.

A Taiwanese fisherman named Hung Tzu-chien was killed in the incident.

In a statement, MOFA said both countries have worked closely to resolve the matter six years after.

However, the eight men can still appeal the ruling thus MOFA and Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines said they will closely monitor future developments on the matter.

The court ruled that the convicted men were guilty of homicide and sentenced them 8 to 14 years in jail.

The court also ordered them to “jointly” pay P50,000 in civil indemnity and another P50,000 in moral damages to the heirs of the victim.

In a statement, the Philippine’s representative office in Taiwan, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), expressed regret over the matter.

“We hope that both parties would eventually overcome the emotional strain that this regretful incident brought about more than six years ago and that our peoples can move on towards strengthening our bonds of friendship,” MECO said in its statement.

DFA chief wants to end ‘visa upon arrival’ policy for foreigners

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday recommended putting an end to visa upon arrival for foreign nationals amid concerns on the surge of Chinese tourists in the country.

Locsin said foreigners should undergo vetting process by consular offices before getting visas.

The DFA chief made the remark after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that the influx of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals in the country poses possible security threat.

“We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting,” Locsin wrote on his Twitter account.

“We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide,” he added.

The Department of Finance (DOF) earlier found that at least 100,000 foreigners are working in the country without the necessary permits. Most of them are in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) sector.

Most of the POGO employees are Chinese and are supposedly not paying income tax.

The local online gaming sector later agreed with the DOF to terms on tax rates on its foreign workers.

Taiwan offers new visa for foreign workers seeking white-collar jobs

admin   •   February 19, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Tourists from China walk past the Taiwan’s landmark building Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

The Taiwan government on February 8 began the implementation of a law aimed at attracting foreign professionals.

In an announcement by the National Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) on Monday, a quota of 2,000 has been set for the first year of the job-seeking visa which allows foreign nationals to remain in Taiwan for up to six months while looking for employment.

Applicants with work experience will be required to provide documents showing their average monthly salary of at least NT$ 47,000 or P85,000 per month in their most recent six months of employment, while those with no work experience should submit their diploma from one the 500 schools recognized by Taiwan’s ministry of education.

All applicants must be able to prove they have funds of at least NT$ 100,000 or P180,000 to cover their basic living costs for six months in Taiwan.

Other required supporting documents include a police record, a job-seeking plan, and proof of health insurance coverage for the duration of the applicant’s stay in Taiwan.

The new program will be an added advantage for Filipinos after the Taiwan government allowed visa-free entry for one year.

“Magandang balita po iyan para sa mga kababayan natin sa Pilipinas lalo na po sa mga skilled workers. Mas madali po makakapag-apply, wala na po masyadong hassle at mas dadami kami dito sa Taiwan,” said Filipino engineer, Marvin Cruz.

(That is good news for our countrymen in the Philippines especially for skilled workers. Many will be able to apply without much hassle. There will be more of us in Taiwan soon.)

“Kung matutuloy po yan na magbukas sila nagbabalak rin po akong makapasok para rin po sa mas mataas na rate ng sahod kaysa factory worker,” said Rommel Salud, an electrical engineering graduate working as a factory worker.

(If it pushes through I am planning to apply for a chance at a higher salary than a factory worker.)

The application fee for US passport holders is around US$160 and for citizens of all other countries US$50.

Additional information and application forms for the new job-seeking visas are available on the National Bureau of Consular Affairs website. —Amiel Pascual | UNTV News & Rescue



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