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More than 10,000 OFWs in Hong Kong, Macau remain stranded in Manila


More than 10,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) remain stranded in Manila and still unable to work for Hong Kong and Macau due to travel ban on air carriers.


The Philippine government already lifted the travel restriction for OFW because  they are holding tickets issued by local carriers Philippine Airlines [PAL], Cebu Pacific and AirAsia.

Airlines with flight to those countries will be subjected for quarantine when returning to Philippines and could be problem to airlines if that happens.

“The main reason is that local carriers PAL and Cebu Pac have not mounted flights to Hong Kong due to the procedural problem with the Bureau of Quarantine,” explained travel consultant Emmanuel Geslani.

Foreign airlines, either transiting or with regular scheduled flights to Hong Kong and Macau, however, are not covered by the ban.

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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: Innolux now hiring 1,000 Factory Workers

Summary: 
Company: Innolux Corporation
Location: Tainan ,Taiwan
Products: Electronic Products
Job Position: 1,000 Female Factory Workers
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


Recruitment Agency: 
Visit Placewell International Services Corp., Inc. located at the Upper Ground and 1st floor, JMC Centre, 6488 P. ME PIO Del Pilar, Makati, Metro Manila.

Qualifications:
• Female
• 20 Years old and above
• Must be 2yrs Vocational or College Graduate
• 155 cm Height
• Must know how to communicate and write in English
• With or without Factory Experience
• No penTattoo, No colorblind

Requirements: 
> PASSPORT
> NBI Clearance
> Picture 2x2 (white background)
> Birth Certificate
> Marriage Contract
> Diploma with TOR
> Voters ID or Certificate with Receipt from COMELEC
> Unified ID (Multipurpose ID)
> If No UMID Pls Apply to your nearest SSS Branch

About Innolux Corporation:
As a supplier of TFT-LCD panels, Innolux Corporation has contributed greatly to enhancing the quality and product performance through its innovations in technology and production processes.

Innolux is committed to enhancing life's visual pleasures and to developing aesthetically designed display products.

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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Taiwan to discharge 3 more patients from hospitals, already tested negative for COVID-19


Three of the 25 currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Taiwan have been released from quarantine according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).


The three have been cleared by doctors to be released from isolation and will soon be discharged from hospital, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, CNA reported.

Aming the three, one is confirmed who is ine of the evacuated Taiwanese from Wuhan. The 11th confirmed case in Taiwan, has already tested negative for COVID-19 twice.

CECC noted that if a patient have tested twice and the results are negative, the patient can be released.


The three patients will soon be discharged from hospital after further tests confirm them as being free of the virus, according to the CECC.

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Second OFW domestic worker in Hong Kong confirmed infected with coronavirus


Another Filipino domestic worker has been confirmed infected for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, according to the Philippine Consulate General.


"The Hong Kong Health Department officially informed the Consulate General this morning that a 29 year old Filipina has tested positive for COVID-19," the consulate said in a statement.

This bring the Pinay OFW the second who tested positive with COVID-19, which has the same case happened with the first case.

The employer of the Pinay worker also earlier tested positive for COVID-19 infection, according to Hong Kong’s Department of Health - Centre for Health Protection (CHP).


The 29 year old OFW is the 90th case in Hong Kong whose employer is the 85th case. According to CHP, the OFW had no travel history during the incubation period.

The Philippine Consulate General will continue to work to support the Filipino patients in Hong Kong.

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Public Sunday mass under Hsinchu Diocese will be suspended amid virus outbreak


Several mass under the administration of Hsinchu Diocese in Taiwan will be temporarily suspended starting Feb 29 to prevent spread of virus and to keep public safety in check.


The suspension of mass covers locations from Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, Taoyuan City and Miaoli County according to the notice posted.

Check below notice:

The administration would like to encouraged everyon to pray fervently for the safety of all people all over the world.


Additionally, during this delicate period Lenten Season they advised to pray the rosary, read the Bible/Holy Scripture, Way of the Cross and selected church can view the Live Stream Mass and use different forms of prayer.

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Taiwan CECC released travel activities of the infected coronavirus caregiver from Feb 16 to 19


The Central Epidemic Command Center had released acitivities and travel made by the 32nd patient infected from coronavirus who is a illegal migrant caregiver in Taiwan.


According to the information released by the command center, the foreign migrant had visited the MRT Dapinglin Station, Zhuwei Station, shopping around Longshan Temple, Jing'an Station, Taipei Main Station, and also Shulin Railway Station,  Banqiao Railway Station, Longshan Temple, Taipei Underground Mall, Dongsheng Park and other places from Feb 16-19.

The 32nd case also use taxis and Bus No.38 in New Taipei City.


CECC advices if you enter or exit these places at the same time, please pay attention to your health condition for the next 14 days.

The command center reminded the public to implement hand hygiene and make good cough etiquette.  If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms when entering the country, you should take the initiative to notify the quarantine staff at the airport and port and cooperate with the epidemic prevention measures.

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Migrant caregiver in Taiwan infected with coronavirus recklessly livestreams while in isolation ward


The Indonesian caregiver who is currently in isolation ward due to COVID-19 in Taiwan livestream her stay in social media platforms Facebook and Tok Tok exposing the confidentiality of the area.


The infected migrant caregiver who was working in the country illegally has been confirmed as Taiwan's 32nd COVID-19 coronavirus case.

She visited and attended the 27th infected patient from Feb. 11 to 16 as an undocumented migrant worker.

The woman traveled by train and bus (Route 38) between New Taipei's Shulin and Banciao districts multiple times from Feb. 16 to 19 according to Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).


The woman posted "Mbak nya santuuyyy pdhl + kena virus CORONA" on her Facebook page, meaning that she felt relaxed despite having caught the virus. During the livestream, she showed the IV needle in her hand, and presented a medical prescription on which the name of the hospital was visible, Taiwan News reported.

Authorities in Taiwan do not disclose the name of the hospital to avoid panic. Taiwan health authorities may decide to punish the careless act under Taiwanese law. (Photo Taiwan News)

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Taiwan starts clinical trials of antiviral drug remdesivir to infected patients over coronavirus


National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) has already consulted with the United States and is to start clinical trials in Taiwan of the antiviral drug remdesivir to fight novel coronavirus or COVID-19.


Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said "Remdesivir" could provide an effective treatment for COVID-19 victims and NTUH is preparing to make Taiwan part of the clinical research.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first U.S. clinical trial use of remdesivir on patients with coronavirus.

The clinicla trials is to evaluate the efficacy of the experimental antiviral drug whether the results are successful or not. The antiviral drus was developed by American biotech firm Gilead Sciences.


Under Taiwan government's plan, one hospital each in northern, central and southern Taiwan will be designated for the screening of potential patients for the clinical trials.

Remdesivir effectively kills virus from killers like Ebola and SARS. Taiwanese researchers said they were able to make a small amount of remdesivir, it is by far the only drug that could possibly treat COVID-19.

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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: ChipMos now hiring Factory Workers

Summary: 
Company: ChipMos Technologies INC.
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Products: Electronics Products
Job Position: Factory Workers
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


Recruitment Agency:
Visit JS Contractor Inc. located at JSCI Bpdg., 423 Magallanes Street, Intramuros, Metro Manila

Check this ad:

About ChipMos: 
ChipMOS' Tape Carrier Package (TCP) / Chip On Film (COF) package provides both mechanical and electrical support to the display driver semiconductors between the display panel and the driving module for the application in flat panel displays.

Turn-key services for both TCP and COF packages, from gold bumping to final test, are available in current ChipMOS assembly lines.

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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Pinoy OFW sa Hong Kong nagsuicide, sumuko dahil sa problema at depresyon


Si Elmo Arciaga, 45, ay nagsuicide dahil sa hindi nakayanan ang bigat ng problema at depresyon habang nandoon sa Hong Kong. Nangyari ito sa 214, Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan.


Binangit ng police ang "personal love affairs" ang kanyang problema ayon sa Hong Kong News. Naiulat ng kanyang asawa ang insidente sa mga police na naroon din sa Hong Kong, nangyati ang insidente noong Feb 23.

Dinala ito sa Queen Mary Hospital pero ayon sa mga officers certified dead on arrival na ito. Walang iniwan ma suicide note si Elmo.

Isang musician at sound studio owner si Elmo at ayon sa mga report isang taong palakaibigan ito at tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan lalo sa sa Filipino Community doon, lalo na sa mga distressed workers.


Bago siya nagsuicide, pinalitan niya ang kanyang profile picture sa facebook na may katagang "I worked hard so I can give my family the life I never had.”

Maaring tumawag ang mga OFW sa Hong Konh sa Philippine Consulate General at 9155-4023, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at 5529-1880, or the POLO-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at 6345-9324 kung kailangan ng tulong.


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Seasonal flu patients in Taiwan declines, total of 99 deaths recorded in a 5 month span


Taiwan and the rest of the world continue to battle the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the seasonal influenza in Taiwan raised its death toll to 99 since October 2019 according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


The seasonal flu claimed 9 lives in Taiwan in a week (3rd week of February) including a 29-year-old woman who died 10 days after her infection, Taiwan News reported.

The youngest patient was a 29-year-old woman who had suffered from diabetes and hypertension before having flu and the woman have not recieved a flu vaccine.

A total of 52,135people sought medical treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics around the country according to CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center.


The drastic change of temperature in Taiwan causes the flu, the total number of patients have declined due to weakening of cold weather. Doctors advised to watch proper hygiene.

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PH new DITO Telecom says it has enough resources to challenge PLDT and Globe


New Philippine telecom DITO Telecommunity has "enough" resources to fund its challenge to PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom said DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano.


DITO Telecommunity has acquired fresh funding from the Bank of China to cover requirements in its first year of operation in the country.

Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp, Chelsea Logistics and state-run China Telecom, drew P25.3 billion from its loan facility seeking to build 1,600 towers. Currently, DITO already constructed 600 towers.

"There are rumors that we don’t have resources for the rollout. We have drawn down $500 million facility from the Bank of China…This is enough for the first year requirement for the rollout," Tamano said.

Pre-commercial tests will be made in September and if the results are positive the possibility of launching could be earlier than March next year.

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Experience Taiwan's pride for its annual International Orchid Show in Tainan


Taiwan International Orchid Show will kick off March 7 to 16 in the southern city of Tainan. The show will showcase the country’s complete supply chain and world-leading cultivation resources.


Tainan’s Agriculture Bureau said that every year the orchid show receives more than 1,000 entries for the orchid competition, which is judged by a panel consisting of about 200 experts from different countries, Taiwan News reported.

The venue is equipped with a negative-pressure ventilation design and vast exterior spaces which is safe to visit according to Tainan mayor Huang Wei-cher.

Taiwan orchids are a tremendous source of pride for the country and one of its most competitive sectors.


The address of the venue is: No. 325, Wushulin, Houbi District., Tainan City (臺南市後壁區烏樹里烏樹林325號).

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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: Now hiring Caretakers bound to Taiwan under MIP agency

Summary: 
Company: Prospective Principal
Location: Taiwan
Products: Health Care
Job Position: Caretakers
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


Recruitment Agency: 
Visit  MIP International Manpower Service Inc. located at the Mezzanine flr & 3rd flr MIP bldg.28 GSIS Avenue, GSIS Village Project 8, Quezon City.

Check below Job posts from MIP International Manpower Agency :

Qualifications:
• Female
• 23-40 years old
• High School Graduate
• Firstimer or Ex-Abroad is Accepted

Requirements: 
• Passport
• UMID
• PEOS
• NBI Clearance
• Diploma & TOR
• Voters I.D or Certificate
• 3pcs Valid ID
• E-Registration Certificate

About Caretaker:
Caretakers take care of the elderly or mentally or physically challenged children, youth, young or elderly adults.

An elderly person under the age of 80 must receive a doctor’s certificate stating he or she has met the government’s stipulated requirements to hire a migrant caretaker. 

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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Philippine governemnt raised travel ban to South Korea due to COVID-19, with exceptions


The Philippines imposed a travel ban on tourist-favorite South Korea as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, Malacañang confirmed on Feb 26.


Filipinos who are workers, students, and permanent residents are however allowed to travel to the East Asian nation provided that they sign a written declaration signifying their knowledge of the “risks” of traveling in South Korea.

The temporary travel restriction is bound to affect tourism numbers since South Korea remains the country’s top source market with a total of 1.98 million arrivals in 2019.

South Korea reported 169 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (Feb 26), pushing the total tally to 1,146, Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said.


Meanwhile, the government's temporary travel ban on mainland China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao remains in effect.
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Migrant caregiver in Taiwan confirmed as the 32nd patient infected with coronavirus


A migrant caregiver for a northern Taiwan who was diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday has tested positive for the virus, becoming Taiwan's 32nd confirmed case, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.


Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the woman was confirmed as the sixth case in a family cluster of the virus also responsible for cases 27-31.

According to the CECC, the family hired the woman, who is her 30s, to care for the man in the hospital between Feb.11-16, before he was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday.

On Monday evening, the woman was tested for the virus and placed under medical quarantine. At the time, her symptoms were limited to a mild sore throat, the CECC said.

Since the man's diagnosis, Taiwan's health authorities have identified 744 people who came into contact with the 27th case and members of his family.


As of Wednesday, 153 of those identified have been tested, of whom five have tested positive (cases 28-32), 141 tested negative and seven are still awaiting results, the CECC said.

According to the timeline provided by the CECC, the octogenarian man and his eldest son were confirmed as Taiwan's 27th and 28th COVID-19 cases on Sunday. On Monday, both his younger son and his wife were diagnosed as the 29th and 30th cases respectively.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Matthew Mazzetta)


Source: CNA
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Fatal rail accident in Yangmei, Taoyuan killed one tresspasser and affects 10,000 commuters


A railway accident in Yangmei District in Taoyuan that killed one trespassing pedestrian early Wednesday has affected more than 10,000 commuters, according to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).


The fatal accident, which occurred at 5:50 a.m. on the northbound track between Fugang and Yangmei, led to delays of 33 trains after the track was closed, leaving only one track for traffic on the busy western rail line, the TRA said.

Two-way rail service did not resume until 8:24 a.m. after the accident was dealt with by railway police, and the blocked track was reopened, the agency said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Source: CNA
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DTI analyzing to raise surgical face mask retail price from P8 to P12 per piece in the Philippines


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is now studying to allow the proposed retail price (SRP) of face masks to rise because of the rising price of its raw materials.


SRP plays P1 to P8 per piece of ordinary surgical mask, but according to Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo it can be raised up to to P12.

"Sigurado, P12 lang ang presyo dapat noon dahil 'yon po ang inayos na maging presyo sa retail," accoring to Castelo.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez first explained that raw material prices for face masks have increased due to widespread demand around the world due to the novel coronavirus.

Castelo said they will first discuss this issue with the Department of Health. DTI also calls for wearing a face mask only when flu-like symptoms or when working as a health worker.

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Taiwan and Philippines agreed to allow OFWs to be employed at agriculture and farming sector


Taiwan and Philippines have agreed to allow Filipino workers to take up employment in Taiwan's agricultural sector after reviewing sample employment contracts provided by Taiwan's labor ministry.


Taiwan is expanding the number of migrant workers local farm operators can hire on a trial basis this year, Central News Agency reported.

This will allow the migrant workers to work in different areas of the agriculture sector according to the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan.


Agriculture sectors includes dairy farming, such as land-based aquaculture and animal husbandry -- poultry, hogs and cattle, specific areas of farming, including orchid, edible mushroom and vegetable cultivation, according to the COA.

Taiwan will allow a total 2,400 agriculture workers for this year coming from Philippines, Thailand and currently have talks to Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: Dartwits Manpower now hiring 1000 Factory Workers

Summary: 
Company: Dartwits Manpower Corporation
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Products: Hospitality Management
Job Position: 1000 Factory Workers
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


Recruitment Agency: 
Visit Jedegal International Manpower Services, Inc. located at the 2F Accent Tower Bldg. 33 Shorthorn St., Project 8, Quezon City.

Qualifications:
• Male / Female
• College Graduate or 2 years Vocational Graduate
• Must know how to communicate and write in English
• With or Without Factory Experience
• Ex-Taiwan is allowed

Requirements:
• Passport
• NBI Clearance ( 6 months Validity/ Travel Taiwan/ Multipurpose Clearance)
• Picture 2x2 (White Background)
• Birth Certificate ( from Local Civil Registrar)
• Diploma with T.O.R
• Voters ID or Certificate with Receipt
• Unified ID (Multipurpose ID, 4in1 ID) or Stub (Already Applied for 3 months)
• If no UMID please Apply to your nearest SSS Branch

About Dartwits Manpower: 
This Company has since grown into a recognized and much pursued brand in the manpower provider & management in Taiwan Hsinchu Science Park.

we also assist our client in managing the employees’ hospitality in Taiwan with Dart-Wits Dormitory and our shuttle bus services.

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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Taiwan's TSMC to recruit 4,000 staffs as it gears up to develop high-end processes


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker posted that it will hire 4,000 new staff this year as the company prepares to develop more high-end process, CNA reported.


TSMC are looking for personnel in the fields of electric/engineering, optoelectronics, machinery, physics, production materials, chemicals, finances, management, human resources and labor relations.

The jobs are posted at government-run Ministry of Labor's Workforce Development Agency recruitment website www.taiwanjobs.gov.tw.


The 4,000 staffs will be hired at a time this year. The company has also actively launched recruitment campaigns on campuses to expand its talent pool.

TSMC is scheduled to launch mass production of the 5nm process in the first half of this year. The 3nm process is expected to begin commercial production in 2022.


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Taiwan's 31st patient infected with coronavirus is a 11-year old boy, grandson of 27th patient


An 11-year-old boy has been confirmed as Taiwan's 31st case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, part of a family cluster also responsible for cases 27-30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.


Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the boy had visited his grandfather in the hospital on Feb. 11 and 19 before the latter's diagnosis Sunday as Taiwan's 27th confirmed COVID-19 case.

Although the boy has no symptoms, he was tested for the virus Sunday following his grandfather's diagnosis, and is now under medical quarantine, Chen said.

According to the timeline provided by the CECC, the octogenarian grandfather, as well as his eldest son, who is in his 50s, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, becoming the country's 27th and 28th cases respectively.

On Monday, the man's younger son and wife both tested positive for the virus, becoming the 29th and 30th cases, while the child of the elder son was confirmed as the 31st case on Tuesday, the CECC said.

At the press conference, Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the deputy director of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said the boy was tested before students returned to classes from winter vacation on Tuesday, and there is therefore no risk of him having infected his classmates.

However, the boy did attend cram school during winter vacation, and the CECC is currently working to determine who he came in contact with, Chuang said.


If the CECC finds it necessary, the classes he attended will be suspended, and the students placed under home quarantine, Chuang added.

Meanwhile, CDC Director General Chou Chih-hao (周志浩) said although the boy is Taiwan's youngest COVID-19 case to date, the proportion of children being infected with the virus overall appears "extremely low."

(By Chen Wei-ting and Matthew Mazzetta)

Source: CNA
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DOH: Suspected cases of COVID-19 down to 98, total of 509 already discharged from PH hospitals


Hundreds of suspected cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippine hospitals have already been discharged, according to the Department of Health (DOH).


Among the total of 610 persons under investigation (PUIs), only 98 are still admitted in the hospitals based on the data by DOH.

Metro Manila remains to have the highest number of confined PUIs at 85. The rest are being accommodated in Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Northern Mindanao, and Soccsksargen.

Meanwhile, the two confirmed cases in the Philippines are already recovered andwere no longer receiving hospital care, the other one confirmed case died. All of them are Chinese nationals.


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Manila subway tunnel boring machine will arrive early, full construction starts August 2020


The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will be used in the construction of the new Metro Manila Subway system will be delivered about four months ahead of schedule.


JIM Technology, Inc. (JIMT), the Japanese firm contracted to manufacture the six TBMs for the subway, will complete the first TBM by June, said Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan.

“Makapag-umpisa tayo ng tunneling natin within this year," Batan said.

"But still, (DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade) asked if it can be further accelerated. So, we're now looking at nine to 10 months for the first unit,” he added.


The excavation for the 15 stations of the subway will start months earlier or by the second quarter of this year according to the undersecretary.

TBMs have the advantage of limiting the disturbance to the surrounding ground and producing a smooth wall tunnel compared to conventional “hand mining.”

The government broke ground for the first three stations (Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Avenue) of the subway project in February last year after the DoTr signed a P51-billion deal for that package with the Shimizu joint venture, which is comprised of Shimizu Corp., Fujita Corp., Takenaka Civil Engineering Co. Ltd. and EEI Corp.



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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: ASE Chungli now hiring Product Test Engineers

Summary: 
Company: Advance Semiconductor Engineering
Location: Taoyuan, Taiwan
Products: Mobile Products
Job Position: Product Test Engineers
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


Recruitment Agency: 
Visit  Fil-Sino Manpower Services INC. located at the No. 27 Rainbow st, Bricktown subd, Moonwalk, Paranaque City, Metro Manila.

Qualifications:
> Male & Female
> 20 years old & above
> College Graduate
> With or without Experience

Requirements:
• Passport
• SSS UMID
• School Diploma
• Birth Certificate

About ASE Chung Li:
This Company is a member of the ASE Group, delivers comprehensive semiconductor manufacturing services, including engineering test, package design, and design manufacturing services (DMS).

ASE ChungLi has extensive experience in the field of wireless communications and provides image sensor and punched QFN capabilities to leading-edge applications.

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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