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Thousands of OFW in Taiwan may lose their job if travel ban continues


The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Monday that the travel ban on Taiwan has been in effect due to the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus-acute respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD).


With almost all flight going Taiwan are being cancelled, returning and newly hired OFWs may lose their job of not returned on given time.

Department of Lobor and Employment (DOLE) assures enough government measures to assist those who will be affected in the imposed travel ban by the Philippines.

“(Those who will be) affected by travel ban will be entitled to P10,000 financial assistance,” confirmed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.


The inclusion of Taiwan in the expanded ban was not immediately implemented because of “confusion” among involved agencies.

Taiwan’s inclusion in the ban means non-Filipino citizens will be denied entry into the Philippines. Only Filipino citizens and permanent resident visa holders will be allowed to enter, and even then they will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantined following DOH guidelines.

There are at least 120,000 documented overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan who stand to be affected by the decision.


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