Taiwan is planning to hire 20,000 additional factory workers in addition to the nearly 120,000 already employed there, according to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople.
“Eh kasi po ma’am mahirap na dito sa atin, hindi na sumasapat ‘yong sahod ko. Minimum lang. Eh ‘pag nag-factory ako sa ibang bansa, baka sakaling mabubuhay ko iyong pamilya ko ma’am,” said Justin Agustin in Lei Alviz’s report on 24 Oras.
Justin is among the aspiring Filipino workers who wants to work abroad as a factory worker similar to Delma Caalam from Cagayan Valley who commended the salary, treatment of Taiwanese to Pinoy workers, and the environment in Taiwan.
On the other hand, Ople said via OneNews report that as of July 2022, there were 147,853 Filipino employees in Taiwan, and 121,756 of them were factory workers.
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More than 120,000 factory employees as well as those who are anticipated to be hired in December will benefit from the new salary structure, according to Ople.
The minimum monthly and hourly wages will rise by 4.55 percent and 4.76 percent, respectively, starting in January 2023, based on a new wage order recently released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor.
As per Ople, “Once implemented the order will raise the monthly minimum wage from P46,860.40 to P48,994.70 and the basic hourly rate from P311.78 to P326.63.”
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“This would greatly benefit our (fellow Filipinos) working in Taiwan, most especially in the manufacturing sectors,” she added.
Meanwhile, some Singaporean companies are already looking at recruiting more Filipinos, according to Ople.
“The good news is that Facebook Singapore is actually hiring Filipino workers. For the first time, Facebook has requested for accreditation as an employer which speaks a lot about the excellence of our Filipino IT professionals. And Grab Singapore, another multi-national brand, is also keen on hiring from us,” Ople said in Jakarta via 25 Oras.
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Moreover, Singapore’s Ministry of Health has also notified the Philippine government to request extra medical personnel.
“The MOH has reached out to us and has expressed their desire to explore ways of recruiting or hiring more of our health workers for employment in Singapore. Through a possibly—hindi pa kasi sarado yung talks and yung pipirmahan namin na document [our talks have not concluded and we have yet to sign documents]—but possibly through a government-to-government arrangement,” Ople added.
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Healthcare and information technology (IT) experts from the Philippines are in high demand in Singapore and Germany.
Germany also needs at least 600 nurses for its hospitals and senior living facilities. The DMW has begun accepting applications for open positions.
Reference: 24 Oras, OneNews