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5,000 Taiwan-bound OFWs stranded, travel restrictions due to COVID-19 still up in the air

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) ordered to defer the entry of migrant workers leading about 5,000 Taiwan-bound Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) stranded.

Due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 infections in Taiwan, no quarantine facilities are available for incoming migrant workers.

“They hope the Level 3 restriction will lower the local transmission. The restrictions are being strictly complied with here in Taiwan. Hopefully, this situation is very temporary,” Philippine representative to Taiwan Gilbert Lauengco told CNN.

“It can be mitigated if there will be more available quarantine facilities because according to the Taiwan government, it is more than willing to lessen the deferment of foreign migrant workers if there will be additional quarantine facilities,” Gilbert Lauengco added.

All affected Filipino migrant workers to Taiwan were advised to coordinate with their respective agencies through the Labor Department and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for immediate assistance. 


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