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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 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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Government needs 100,000 construction workers for its ‘Build, Build, Build’ program

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A construction worker (NASH SAHAGUN / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines —The government is in need of 100,000 construction workers for its Build, Build, Build program.

Applicants will undergo training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and will work primarily in the construction of the Metro Manila subway system, flood control system and other bridges such as in the province of Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, and Leyte among others.

TESDA will open the application process starting Tuesday. — UNTV News & Rescue

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More jobs under ‘Build, Build, Build’ set to open for skilled workers — TESDA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is set to open jobs under the “Build, Build, Build” program for skilled workers in the country.

Five hundred thousand trainees under the skills development training of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  (TESDA) are expected to be employed by 2018; a hundred thousand of which are construction workers.

Business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism, agriculture & fisheries are the sectors eyed for employment.

Earlier, TESDA launched its national integration scholarship program to help indigenous people, rebel returnees, and Muslims.

Around 800 individuals initially benefitted from the said program.

“Because we have about 122 training centers managed by TESDA and we have also 2,000 private training centers. Dapat po bukas ito at sasabayan po itong job fair. Inimbitahan natin ang private sector na nangangailangan ng skilled workers,” said TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Family of Filipino caregiver who died in quake to receive financial aid

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina caregiver Melody de Castro’s family and that of the two others who died in the earthquake while working, will be entitled to at least NT$ 1.19 million or more than P2 million in compensation and financial assistance, according to the Bureau of Labor Insurance.

The bureau said the families of the three individuals: Melody and two other Taiwanese helpers, are entitled to 45 months of individuals’ monthly pay based on laws governing compensation for employees who die on the job.

Melody, as a caregiver, received around P38,000 a month. Based on a conservative estimate of her case, her family will receive 45 months of her monthly salary, or more than P1.7 million plus an additional P350,000 in financial assistance and consolation money.

Meanwhile, the search and rescue operations were already discontinued though there is still one body left unaccounted for.

The relatives of the Chinese family of five have consented to the local government’s plans to stop the search and to deploy heavy excavators at the site.

As of this moment, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office is still working on the process of repatriating the body of Melody and the needed travel documents of her family for them to claim her remains. — Amiel Pascual |UNTV News & Rescue


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