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MECO, DOLE initiates lifting the travel ban of Taiwan in a internal debate

Both the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III argued in favor of lifting the ban due to its potential impact on the 150,000 Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan.

"Taiwan will continue to work closely with the international community, including the Philippines, to fight against the COVID-19 to safeguard the health and welfare of humanity," said the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).

"MECO and the 160,000 overseas Filipinos here are very thankful for their quick action, and the President for his openness and concern," according to MECO chairman Angelito Banayo.

The ban was widely criticized in Taiwan for its anticipated effect on business, travel and labor ties between the two countries.

The latest statement said other jurisdictions affected by the travel ban, including Macau, will also be re-evaluated in the coming days, with a final decision to be based on the success of measures taken in each respective location.

Taiwan is treated by many countries and international organizations, including the United Nations, as part of China under the said policy, denying diplomatic relationships and memberships to Taiwan.


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