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  Issue: November 2006  
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FROM THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATION:
Things you should know about working in Taiwan
www.poea.gov.ph

Filipinos in Taiwan work as . . .

  • Factory workers
  • Caretakers/ Nursing Aides
  • Household Workers
  • Professionals (Teachers, Engineers, etc)
  • Minimum Salary Rate is NT$ 15,840

Modes of Recruitment

  • Hiring through Philippine Recruitment Agencies
  • Name Hiring (Worker sought employment on his own)
  • Special Hiring Program for Taiwan through POEA-Government Placement Branch (GPB)

APPLYING FOR A JOB IN TAIWAN

Documentary Requirements in Applying

  • Resume/Biodata
  • School Credentials & Transcript of Records (High School and/or College Diploma authenticated by DECS or CHED)
  • Trade Test/ Care Giving Training Certificate
  • Employment Certificate/s
  • Birth Certificate (authenticated by the National Statistics Office)
  • Passport
  • NBI Clearance
  • 2 passport size pictures

PROCEDURE FOR AGENCY HIRES

  1. Verify agency license and job order with POEA (Hotline 722-1144/55)
  2. Apply with the agency (If selected)
  3. Undergo Medical Examination at a DOH accredited clinics (3 days
    (While waiting for visa (2 weeks)
  4. Attend PDOS at an accredited PDOS provider (1 day) & POEA Employment
    Counseling and Authentication of Fees & Salary Declaration Seminar (1/2
    day)
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

The e-Card

  • Multi-purpose card
  • Proof of OWWA membership
  • ATM card for remittance purpose

 The e-Receipt 

  • Exit Permit
  • Proof of payment (POEA Processing Fee, OWWA Membership Contribution & Medicare Coverage)
  • Travel Tax & Airport Terminal Fee Exemption

PROCEDURE FOR NAME-HIRE

  1. Attend the POEA Employment Counseling and Authentication of Fees &
    Salary Declaration Briefing (1/2 day)
  2. Apply for Work Permit / Visa at the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office
    (TECO) (2 weeks)
  3. Submit documents to the Name-Hire Processing Center for evaluation (2
    hours)
    Requirements:
    - Verified Employment Contract
    - Work Permit / Visa
    - Passport
    - 2 Passport Size Pictures
  4. Payment for Fees
  5. Attend POEA-PDOS (1 day)
  6. Undergo Medical Examination at DOH accredited clinic (3 days)
  7. Pay Necessary Fees at POEA/OWWA Cashier
  8. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

Procedure for GPB Special Hiring Program for Taiwan

  1. Submit Credentials to the Manpower Registry Division (If selected)
  2. Attend POEA Pre-Documentation Briefing (1/2 day)
  3. Undergo Medical Examination with  DOH accredited clinics (3days) (While waiting for visa)
  4. Attend POEA-PDOS (1 day)
  5. Pay Necessary Fees to POEA/OWWA Cashier
  6. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

Where to obtain visa/work permit  

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO)
MS. IRENE CHANG
2/F Pacific Star Building
Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
cor. Makati Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila

WORKING IN TAIWAN

Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • 48 hours workweek
  • 1 day off out of every 7 days work; 7 day vacation leave every year beginning 2nd year
  • Sick leave benefit not exceeding 30 days in 1 year
  • Incentives for workers who do not take any leave in a full calendar month during his employment period
  • Medical examination within three days upon arrival and every 6 months thereafter
  • Total period of employment should not exceed 6 years.

Common Problems

  • Unauthorized collection of fees
  • Maltreatment and abuses by the employers of caretakers
  • Delayed salaries
  • Delayed payment of tax refund
  • Risks of Running Away
  • Revocation of employment permit
  • Arrest, detention and deportation
  • Fine of NT$3,000 to NT$30,000
  • Deprivation of future employment
  • Loss of personal belongings
  • Fabrication of false accusations by  employers
  • Ruins the image of and employment opportunities for Filipinos

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • It is illegal for employers to keep the workers passport, ARC, and money.
  • Have your original copy of your marriage contract and birth certificate of children for tax exemption
  • Workers cannot change employers or jobs without the approval of Council of Labor Affairs
  • Respect Chinese tradition, customs, practices and strictly observe all Taiwan laws and regulations
  • Prior to leaving, open a savings account for remittance

COUNTRY PROFILE 

Geographic Profile

LOCATION:

North of the Philippines (1 hour & 30 minutes away by air) / East of mainland China

Philippine Airlines, China Airlines and Eva Airlines fly daily direct from Manila to Taipei (Chang Kai Shek Airport) at least 2x a day

Direct Flight to Kaohsiung International Airport via Laoag Airport.

TOTAL LAND AREA: 36,000 sq km.
CLIMATE: 4 Seasons (winter, spring, summer & fall)
CAPITAL: Taipei
Other key cities: Kaohsiung, Taichung
The Taiwanese People
Population 22.6 million   (as of July 2003)
Language Mandarin.   English is  also spoken
Religion

Predominantly Buddhists but tolerant of other religions such
as Catholicism and other Christian faith

Mode of Dressing Western Clothing
The Economy

Newly Industrializing Economy (NIE) 
Highly export-oriented involved in consumer as well as industrial products manufacturing.
 
Unit of Currency:  New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)

Transportation and Communication System

Taxis, buses, trains, and motorcycles are available for inland transfers
 
Public Phones, cellular phones, internet are very accessible
 
IDD Country Access Code is 886
Area Access Codes:
     Taipei - 02
     Kaohsiung - 07
     Taichung - 04

SOURCE: www.poea.gov.ph