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Priests in Taiwan urge government to include migrant workers in stimulus voucher program

The Taiwan government on Friday (June 5), was tapped and urged by the Filipino, Indonesian and Vietnamese priests across the country to include the migrant workers in the economic stimulus voucher program that will start next month.

The voucher program called "Triple Stimulus Vouchers," will be released on July 15 but only limited to Taiwanese nationals and their foreign spouses, permitting them to buy NT$3,000 (US$100)-worth of vouchers for NT$1,000.

Filipino-American Priest Joy Tajonera of the Ugnayan Migrant Ministry in Taichung, Indonesian Priest Ansensius Guntur from Kaoshiung, and Vietnamese Priest Gioan Tran Van Thiet of Saint Christopher's Church in Taipei, believe that migrant workers should not be excluded from the program because they are not outsiders and they were also affected by the pandemic.

The three priest pointed out that the migrant workers also contribute to the country's economy especially in making competitive and one of the best global market.

According to Ministry of Labor statistics valid as of the end of April, Taiwan employs a total of  711,539 migrant workers from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to work in industry and social welfare.

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