MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday appealed to the Taiwan government to lift the freeze hiring of Filipino workers, saying they should be spared from the tension between the two countries.
“I appeal to the government of Taiwan to lift the ban on the hiring of OFWs. They are there to earn an honest living for their families and work harmoniously with the Taiwanese people. They should be spared from any political conflict,” said Binay, who is presidential adviser on OFW affairs.
On Wednesday, Taiwan froze the hiring of Philippine workers and recalled its envoy to Manila in protest over the killing of a fisherman.
Due to the tension, reports indicate that some Filipinos have been suffering from harassment and discrimination.
“I am concerned about the plight of our overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan, especially in light of reports that they suffer harassment and discrimination from Taiwanese nationals. Let us pray for their safety and well-being,” said Binay.
The vice president said that the Department of Labor and Employment is already considering South Korea and Middle Eastern countries as alternative destinations for those who may be affected by the freeze-hire order.
“Nonetheless, our Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has given assurances that the national government has in place measures to mitigate the impact of the freeze-hire policy,”he said.
There are around 80,000 overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan, mostly factory workers or caregivers. (MNS)