Filipino workers welcome lift of hiring freeze
CNATAIPEI -- Filipino workers in Taiwan said yesterday that they welcomed Taiwan's lifting of a freeze on the hiring of Filipino workers as part of sanctions previously imposed due to Manila's handling of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman.
August 12, 2013, 11:18 am TWN
“We're so happy,” Samuel Bagos, a Filipino who has spent 1.5 years in Taiwan, told CNA when asked to comment on the latest development in ties between the two countries.
Filipino workers who are already in Taiwan “can work here again,” the 24-year-old said, referring to Taiwan as a “peaceful place.” He is waiting to be transferred to work for a factory in Taoyuan next month.
Bagos added that the announcement of the lifting of the freeze on hiring Filipinos in Taiwan was also a relief for many of his friends and relatives who had wanted to come to Taiwan to work or had reapplied to work in the country.
He had also called his friends, back in the Philippines, to inform them of the news, noting that “they are happy” about it.
Another Filipino worker, Taganahan Lilia Tomecos, shared Bagos' views.
“I'm so happy, not just for me but for all Filipino workers,” stated Taganahan, a 59-year-old domestic caregiver, whose contract is set to expire at the end of August.
Taganahan said she can now renew her contract and follow through with her plan to work for two more years in Taiwan to support her daughter until she graduates from college and to save some money to cultivate a plot of land and rebuild her house in the Philippines.
Many of her Filipino friends who were concerned about their work status in Taiwan are also thrilled about the lifting of the labor freeze, said Taganahan, who has been working in Taiwan for six years.