TAIWAN — Filipino workers in Taiwan may now go for days off without a cut on their monthly salary.
Under the revised employment act in Taiwan, every employer is obliged to give annual paid leaves to his employees.
This has delighted Filipino workers in Taiwan.
“Sa tagal-tagal na po namin na nagtratrabaho dito, at least pwede na kami payagan ng employer namin na magbakasyon (We have been working here for so long. At least, now our employers can permit us to go on vacation),” said Lea Boniel who works as a caregiver in Taiwan.
Grace Gavin, another Filipina migrant worker, is grateful for the chance to reunite with loved ones.
“Para makikita mo naman family mo, masaya ka (We will get to see our families. That makes us happy),” she said.
Aside from this, an employee may avail of a marriage leave, bereavement leave and personal leave or make an agreement with his employer for a scheduled vacation.
Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Labor Attache Atty. Melchor Dizon said, “Dito hindi mo na kailangang lumabas after 3 years. Pwede nang i-renew dito yung kanilang visa and then tuloy na yung kanilang trabaho. Then hindi na rin sila kailangang dumaan sa agencies to pay the placement fees. So yun ang mga bagong regulasyon (You do not need to exit Taiwan. After three years, foreigners can renew their visa, and continue with their jobs. They do not need to pass through an agency, and there’s no need to pay placement fees. That is the new regulation).”
MECO reminds migrant workers that if an employer does not abide by the revised law, an employee may directly complain at the Ministry of Labor.
“Dito kasi meron na 24/7 hotline, maganda yung complaints mechanism ng taiwan pwede silang tumawag lang sa 1955 dun sa hotline at ia-assist na sila doon, mayroon doon na sumasagot na pilipino speaking na sumasagot doon sa kanila,” Atty. Dizon added.
(There is a 24/7 hotline here. Taiwan’s complaints mechanism is good. Complainants may file complaints via hotline numbers 1955. They will be assisted. There is a Filipino-speaking telephone operator that can accommodate a Filipino worker’s call.)
An employer found to be violating the new regulation may face a fine amounting from 60,000 Taiwan dollar or 90,000 pesos up to 300,000 Taiwan dollars or 450,000 pesos.
Based on the ministry of labor’s record, the Philippines is third among the countries with the most number of migrant workers, mostly factory workers, in Taiwan. — Amiel Pascual | UNTV News & Rescue