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Customer spends just NT$4 at Family Mart, won NT$10-million at Taiwan reciept lottery

Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) already announced the winning combination on round 11-12 2021 of the reciept lottery where there are a total of 16 reciepts bagging the NT10-million special prize.

One of the 16 winning receipts -- known formally in Taiwan as uniform invoices -- that won the NT$10 million special prize was a receipt for NT$4 from a FamilyMart convenience store located in the Xinying Service Area in Tainan, according to MOF data.

The purchase included food, snacks, and coffee, but the receipt only amounted to NT$4 after deductions were made to the total price by using FamilyMart bonus points.

Eight other winning receipts for the NT$10 million special prize were also for purchases of NT$100 or less

Meanwhile, there are 15 winning reciepts for the grand prize of NT$2 million.

Chech here for the winning combinations for round 11-12 2021.

Taiwan reciept lottery winning combination for round 11-12, check those reciepts

The winning numbers for the November-December (11-12 round 2021) of the Taiwan receipt lottery were announced by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) including the lucky number for the NT$10 million special prize.

Check below for the winning combinations:

Winning number for the NT$10 million special  prize: 31150905

Winning number for the NT$2 million grand prize: 28564531

Winning numbers for the First Prize:




First prize for matching all digits earns NT$200,000 then right order or the last order number of seven digits can receive NT$40,000, six digits NT$10,000, five digits NT$4,000, four final digits in the right order NT$1,000, and with the three last numbers right NT$200.

Winning numbers for the additional prize of NT$200 matching the last three digit is:


Congratulations to all winners.


No qurantine needed for returning fully vaccinated Filipinos, including foreigners

Fully-vaccinated travelers from countries with visa-free entry to the Philippines and returning overseas Filipinos will no longer be required for mandatory quarantine, MalacaƱang announced.

Travelers entering the Philippines must present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test results.

Additionally, travelers must present proofs of Covid-19 vaccination, such as the World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH,

The new protocols on the entry, testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos will take effect starting February 1, while leisure travelers will be on February 10.

These protocols were based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Covid-19 New Variants, as well as the sub-technical working group on data analytics. 

The LGUs of destination and their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams are tasked with monitoring arriving passengers undergoing home quarantine.

The announcement was made on Jan 28, 2022 by Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles.


Jeepney driver, nagbabasa ng bible bilang daily devotion habang naghihintay ng pasahero

Viral ang isang post ng netizen matapos itong sumakay ng jeep at nakita ang driver nito na mataimtim na nagbabasa ng bibliya habang naghihintau ng pasahero.

Hinding hindi talaga natin maaalis ang pananampalataya lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya.

Narito ang kwento ni Maye Alojado sa social media:

"Pauwi na ako kanina from SM and then habang naghihintay ng pasahero, this jeepney driver caught my attention. Sa sobrang focus ni manong nakalimutan niya atang nag-eexist ako sa tabi nya.."

"He is genuinely reading his bible and taking notes. I don't know why he's doing that or even his agenda while waiting for passengers, but as possibly as he could at meron pang oras he would use it to read the verses."

Dito na pumasok na ang jeepney driver ang nagpaalala sa pasahero na hindi natin dapat kalimutan.

"One thing I've realized that even to our busiest time of our lives dealing with our daily living; we must not forget about God's word. Going back to the promises of God when the days are great and not so great most of the time.

Minsan kasi sa sobrang kakaisip natin ng solution para sa mga problema natin, naooverlook natin yung word ni Lord ang sasagot dun.

Thank you manong for being a God's vessel for me, to go back once again to His promises. That I am His child and not alone all this time.I hope that more people like you may impact more people like me. God bless your life!"

Taiwan invents chip that identify asymtomatic COVID cases in 3 minutes

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has produced a new chip device that is capable of detecting COVID-19 cases with a very low viral load, as well as those who are asymptomatic.

The rapid testing chip can detect the cases in three minutes. The chip received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (TFDA).

This innovative semiconductor product will hot the market on February. The application also planned in the United States and Japan.

MOST had funded the project between Academia Sinica, the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), and Taipei-based Molecular Sensoring Technology Co., Ltd. (Molsentech).

According to officials, the chip was 100-percent consistent in identifying COVID-19 positive samples with a CT value below 35.

The chip can detect the virus when the viral load is very low and in the incubation period, that this feature can help epidemic control significantly.

NTC confirmed Villar's company network aquired Channel 2 frequency

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has confirmed that the company of billionaire Manny Villar has seized the frequency previously held by ABS-CBN.

In a statement released by the NTC, it was stated that provisional authority has been given to Advanced Media Broadcasting System, Inc.  to use the Mega Manila channel.

“In an Order promulgated 05 January 2022, the NTC granted Advanced Media Broadcasting System, Inc. (AMBS) a Provisional Authority to install, operate and maintain a Digital Television (TV) Broadcasting System in Metro Manila/Mega Manila using Channel 16,” NTC said.

“AMBS was granted the PA after the determination of its legal, technical and financial qualification,” NTC added.

The NTC has approved that AMBS can conduct a test broadcast on Channel 2 until 2023.

It will be recalled that in 2020, ABS-CBN was not granted their franchise renewal, which caused them to disappear from free television.

OFW household workers well educated as MECO seeks pay parity with factory workers

Give equal payment for both household workers (HHW) and factory workers (FW), recommended by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) to Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL).

MECO Chairman and Resident Representative Wilfredo B. Fernandez raised this during his meeting with MOL Minister Hsu, Ming-Chun.

Filipinos HHW are generally well-educated and are known for being hardworking and responsible housekeepers of their employer’s household.

The MECO Chairman suggested to the Labor Minister to consider raising their pay at par with the factory workers. 

Minister Hsu took note of the suggestion and said she will discuss the matter with the concerned officials while ensuring to strike a balance in the industry.

Meanwhile, MECO said deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers to Taiwan is likely to resume very soon.

Taiwan ranked 25th in "least corrupt" countries in the world

Taiwan moved up three notches to 25th in the 2021 Corruption Perception Index, which ranks the least corrupt countries in the world, according to the list released Tuesday by Transparency International.

On scale of 0-100, with 0 indicating highly corrupt and 100 very clean, Taiwan scored 68, putting it above the global average of 43 and the Asia-Pacific average of 45, the report showed.

Taiwan was listed in sixth place among the 28 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, after New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan, in the annual rankings, which are based on perceived levels of public sector corruption.

The Asia-Pacific region, where most countries sit firmly below the global average, have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by rolling out some of the world's biggest economic recovery plans, Transparency International said in its 2021 report.

"But such large-scale responses, conducted without adequate checks and balances, inevitably lead to corruption," said the Berlin-based international coalition against corruption.

The 2021 Corruption Perception Index did not state the specific factors that contributed to Taiwan's ranking, which was three notches higher than in 2020, but it made several recommendations for improvement in the region generally.

It promoted engagement of informed people who are able to assemble freely, speak openly and blow the whistle on corruption without fear of reprisal.

In the annual rankings of 180 countries and territories worldwide, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, shared the No. 1 spot as the three least corrupt countries in the world, according to the report.

In a press release Tuesday, Taiwan's Agency Against Corruption said the country's ranking in the global Corruption Perception Index reflected the international community's continued recognition of Taiwan's efforts against corruption. -Central News Agency


Robredo plans a P216-Billion ayuda in the first 100 days of the presidency, if she wins

If she wins the 2022 presidential race, Vice President Leni Robredo targets to provide P216 billion worth of aid to families affected by the pandemic in the first 100 days of her tenure.

Robredo plans to take the "ayuda" funds from the national budget for the affected families.

“In our first 100 days, we will focus on addressing our most urgent problem—controlling the pandemic and mitigating its impact on our people’s lives,” Robredo said.

The presidential candidate said the P216-billion assistance will "protect families from hunger and provide them with their basic needs without being forced to go to work."

Robredo's statement came from a forum organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Robredo laid out his administration’s priorities focused on responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Apart from cash funds, Robredo wants to strengthen the implementation of the Universal Health Care law by "concentrating on enrolling every Filipino in the UHC system."

Job Hiring: Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) in Taiwan now hiring factory workers

Company: Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.
Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Products: Integrated Circuits
Job Positions: Factory Workers, Machine Operators

Agencies: MIP International Manpower Service Inc, JS Contractor Inc

For MIP visit their FB page to apply, for JS Contractor register at

Check below job ad :

Primary Requirements:
1. Peos Certificate
2. E Registration
4. UMID or SSS Certification 
5. VOTERS ID or Voters Certification
6. PSA Birth Certificate

About SPIL:

Established in May 1984, Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. has become one of the leading providers of comprehensive semiconductor assembly and test services. SPIL posted annual sales of NT$89.0 billion in 2019 and currently employs around 24,000 people worldwide.

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


Lolo Nardo, binisita at binigyan ng negosyo ni Wendell Ramos at mga kaibigan nito

Binisita ang nag abot ng tulong ang aktor na si Wendell Ramos at mga kaibigan nito sa viral na si lolo Nardo. 

Kasama ang iFRANCHISE Company, OFW Family Club, Inc. at WenDeli Meathouse ay binigyan ang matanda ng isang food cart. Kalakip nito ay ang mga meat products mula sa negosyo ni Wendell.

"Mission accomplished! Lolo Nardo’s dagdag kabuhayan, munting mga regalo at negosyo," post ni Wendell Ramos sa kanyang Intagram.

“Ang @wendeli_meathouse , @ifranchise.bscorp kasama ng aming -CEO @krish_official2022 at sa lahat ng bumubuo ng @ofwfamilyclub..kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa DIYOS AMA.. unang una sa lahat. At sa mga taong patuloy na sumusuporta at nag tatangkilik sa aming mga negosyo. Kayo po ang dahilan kaya nagagawa namin ang patuloy na balik tanaw para sa mga kapwa natin katulad po ni LOLO NARDO.”

Maliban sa food cart business, inabutan din nila ng cash assistance si Lolo Nardo na anila’y pangdagdag uhunan at panimula ng matanda.

Matatandaan na nakulong si lolo Nardo dahil daw sa pagnanakaw ng 10 kilo ng Manga sa kapitbahay nito.

Lubos na nahabag ang mga netizens sa sinapit ng matanda. Nakalaya na ito ngayon at nabibigyan ng maraming tulong.

Larawan mula sa Instagram ni Wendell Ramos 


2 migrant workers fine NT$270,000 by leaving quarantine room for 1 minute

A fine of NT270,000 were axed to two Indonesian migrant worker for goong out of their quarantine room for one minute and the employer must settle the said fine.

The two workers came out of the qurantine room to buy some food.

After the two walked to the hotel lobby, they were found to have violated the regulations by the hotel, and immediately asked the two to return to the room. 

Although they left for just one minute, they violated the epidemic prevention regulations and were fined by the health bureau in accordance with the regulations.

The Kaohsiung Branch of the Administrative Enforcement Agency (AEA) under the Ministry of Justice (AEA Kaohsiung) found that both of them were working in a fishing company in Kaohsiung City. 

The employer was worried that the fishing work might be greatly affected by the arrears of the two, and finally came forward to help the two Indonesians. The fishermen paid the fine. (Photo: Kaohsiung Administrative Agency)


Taiwan-bound OFW should not pay for pandemic fees : MECO, POEA

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia and said the government will not allow OFW bound for Taiwan to shoulder the cost of their RT-PCR test and quarantine.

This rule is under the January 2021 Memo Circular 1 of the POEA explicitly providing that pandemic fees prior to deployment shall be borne by the agency, at no cost to the worker.

“The POEA’s regulation is clear; all quarantine protocols should be at no cost to OFWs. Even if host country allows charging of cost to OFWs, we will not implement this and we will enforce our own rules,” Olalia said.

Taiwan-bound OFW should not pay for pandemic requirements as these expenses should be shouldered by the concerned local recruitment agency.

Meanwhile, the Manpower Agencies Accredited To Taiwan, Inc. (PILMAT) through its board asked the MECO Chairman to allow them to charge the OFW with the pandemic fees.

MECO Chairman Fernandez rejected outright PILMAT’s request and cautioned them that it would check all arriving OFW whether they force the OFW to pay those fees.

OFWs to soon be allowed back into Taiwan

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are soon to be allowed to enter Taiwan following high-level discussions with Taiwan's Ministry of Labor.

The process of ending restrictions was ongoing and that details had yet to be confirmed, MOL said.

The high level meeting was between Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun and MECO Chairman and Resident Representative Wilfredo Fernandez.

Fernandez said the meeting centered on his continuing bid for Taiwan to reopen its borders to OFW as well as to alleviate their plight and working conditions.

There were about 5,000 stranded Filipino workers were waiting to enter Taiwan.

Taiwan will likely to reopen its doors to OFW after the celebration of the 2022 Lunar New Year when more quarantine facilities are expected to be available.

Fernandez thanked the Taiwan government for providing one of the best working environments for migrants, regardless of nationality. (Photo: Presidential Photo)


Formosa Plastics to give away bonuses to its employees amounting a 7-month basic salary

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) said on Monday that it would dole out year-end bonuses equivalent to seven months' basic salary to employees of the conglomerate's four major entities.

In a statement, FPG said its general management department had made the decision regarding the bonuses for workers at Formosa Plastics Corp., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp., and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. based on their combined pretax profit for 2021.

According to the business group, the aggregate pretax profit of the four major companies topped NT$300 billion (US$10.83 billion) or NT$9.25 per share in 2021.

Based on Formosa Plastics Group's formula, when the pretax profit hits NT$4.1 per share, the group will issue year-end bonuses equivalent to 4.5 months of basic salaries, and when profits per share rise by NT$1, the bonuses will increase by the amount equivalent to 0.6 months of basic salaries and vice versa.

However, the minimum will be three months of basic salaries and the maximum will be capped at seven months of basic wages, according to FPG.

The local petrochemical industry got a significant boost from the booming global energy market last year, and FPG said the decision to issue the year-end bonuses equivalent to seven months' salary would allow its employees to have a good Lunar New Year, with the upcoming Year of the Tiger starting on Feb. 1.

The conglomerate's decision on the amount for year-end bonuses at its four major entities has been watched closely by market observers as the group is one of the important in the local old economy sector.

Other companies under the FPG umbrella, however, will calculate their own year-end bonuses independently. -Central News Agency

Local COVID cases in Taoyuan leads to temporary shut down of an electronics company

The new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan have led to the closure of a factory in Taoyuan after 5 employees test positive.

All work at a factory in Taoyuan run by electrical connector manufacturer Aces Electronics temporarily shuts down.

The 280 other employees who work there have been sent to government quarantine facilities to be quarantined for 14 days, CECC said.

As the factory has already reported five confirmed cases, CECC said he was worried that a chain of infection had already begun there.

Aces Electronics said in a statement that the five employees work in the company's plant on Dongyuan Road in Taoyuan's Zhongli District.

Because the factory is not one of the company's major production bases, its closure should have less than a 2 percent impact on output value, Aces Electronics said.


Ina na nahawa ng COVID-19 mula sa kanyang mga anak: They need hugs, kisses

Nagsisimula na naman ang mga pamilya na magkaroon ng higit sa isang miyembro na may COVID-19 dahil ang mga kaso ay tumataas nang husto sa nakalipas na mga araw.

Ang unang nagkasakit ay ang batang edad 11, tatlo at isa.  Ang kanilang kasambahay ay nahawaan din ng karamdaman.

Sinabi ng kanilang ina na nagkaroon ng mga sintomas ang 11-taong-gulang matapos lumabas ng caroling kasama ang mga kaibigan.

"This time around kaya ako nahawa kasi di ako nakasunod sa protocol kasi alam ko yung mga anak ko kailangan ng yakap at halik especially n'ung time na umiiyak sila. 'Di sila umaalis sa tabi ko," ayon sa ina ng mga bata.

Ang mga adults sa bahay ay may mild symptoms dahil sila ay ganap na nabakunahan laban sa sakit.  Ngunit sinabi ng ina na hindi niya maiwasang ipakita ang kanyang pagmamahal sa kanyang mga anak.

Dumarami ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 na bata 11-years old pababa.


6-month-old baby in Bulacan, accidentally vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine

A 6-month-old baby from Bulacan was reportedly accidentally vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.  The midwife who vaccinated the baby made a mistake with the selection of vaccine.

Instead of the pneumonia vaccine for the baby, the midwife from the health center picked up a COVID-19 vaccine and was vaccinated to the 6-month old baby.

According to DOH Undersecretary Dr.  Myrna Cabotaje, they are already investigating the incident. This is to find out what caused the mistake.

“Kailangang imbestigahang mabuti kung gross negligence naman 'yan o may mga factors. In terms of the adverse event, wala naman nai-report pang kakaibang naramdaman yung bata. But we will continue to monitor the child," Dr. Cabotaje said.

Because of what happened, said Dr.  Cabotaje they will further tighten the rules and practices carried out on vaccination.

“So dahil dito kailangang pag-ibayuhin natin ang ating mga practices. Ang aming patakaran iba dapat ang refrigerators ng COVID-19 vaccines sa regular vaccines. We will check again and we will remind our implementers na hiwalay dapat ang paglalagyan at malaki ang label para hindi sila malito," Dr. Cabotaje added.

DOLE urged to resolve 'impasse' on Taiwan protocols to allow entry of OFWs: Labor expert

Migration expert Manny Geslani urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to resolve an "impasse" on the protocols set by Taiwan on the entry of migrant workers.

"The government has to decide soon or our Taiwan labor market may eventually go to our ASEAN neighbors, and thousands of [overseas Filinpino workers] will lose the opportunities to earn in a lucrative market like Taiwan," Geslani said.

The "impasse" is affecting over 5,000 Filipino workers bound for Taiwan.

The new protocols require migrant workers to get tested for COVID-19 "before they enter work training centers in their home countries and also need to test negative again two days before departing for Taiwan."

DOLE and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) have yet to come to an agreement with Taiwan on pre-quarantine protocols for foreign workers entering the country.

Migrant workers from Thailand and Indonesia have been allowed to enter Taiwan due to the countries' willingness to cooperate with the COVID-19 protocols. (Photo: Chang Chia-ming)

Chowking now serving Taiwan's "best milk tea" in the Philippines

Milksha is considered to be one of the best milk teas in Taiwan and if you're curious to try the drinks out and Chowking in the Philippines already serving it.

Founded by Peter Huang,Milksha is driven by its mission to offer “Fresh, Natural, and Handmade Beverages”. 

It achieves this by using natural and fresh ingredients, without any preservatives or chemical additives. Milksha prides itself in using fresh, high quality milk as a base for its beverages.  

“Our goal is to give Filipinos a taste of what gold standard milk tea should be. We want to offer a unique and satisfying milk tea experience to our customers," said Chowking Milksha Brand Director Ariane Valinton. 

"With the use of premium ingredients, meticulous preparation process and the delicious and indulgent taste of Milksha flavors, this new Chowking offering is expected to be a hit with foodies and milk tea lovers alike,” Valinton said.

Milksha drinks come in different flavors, including Honey Pearl Black Tea Latte, Black Tea Latte with Pudding, Valrhona Cocoa Milk, Signature Taro Milk and Wintermelon Lemon.

Jollibee Group disclosed that it will purchase, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Jollibee Worldwide, Pte. Ltd. (JWPL), a majority stake in the firm that owns Milksha.  

NCR Mayors, sumang ayon sa lockdown para sa mga unvaccinated people

Sumang-ayon ang mga mayor sa Metro Manila na magpatupad ng lockdown sa lahat ng hindi pa nabakunahan na mga indibidwal sa lungsod bilang bahagi ng hakbang upang mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa gitna ng tumataas na bilang ng mga kaso sa National Capital Region (NCR).

Sinabi ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos na ito ay napagkasunduan ng lahat ng 17 alkalde ng Metro Manila.

Ang hakbang din na ito ay naglalayon na protektahan ang mga taong hindi nabakunahan. 

“This was what they agreed. Those unvaccinated, they shall remain at their residence at all times,” sabi ni Abalos.

Sinabi niya na ang mga hindi nabakunahan ay papayagang lumabas ng kanilang mga bahay kung bibili sila ng mga mahahalagang gamit tulad ng pagkain, tubig o gamot o mag-avail ng mga mahahalagang serbisyo na kadalasang nauugnay sa mga serbisyong medikal at trabaho.

Ang mga hindi nabakunahan ay hindi papayagang magpunta sa mga mall, tourist spots at iba pang kilalang leisure area, bawal din mag dine-in sa mga restaurants.

“This is like implementing ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine which is the highest lockdown measures) but only for the unvaccinated. This is also for their own protection,” dagdag ni Abalos.

Law establishing Department of Migrant Workers now approved

The proposal for the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers or Republic Act No. 11641 was approved that will focus on the concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

The law was signed by the President Rodrigo Duterte at the same time as the signing of the 2022 national budget at a ceremony held in MalacaƱang.

He said OFWs are considered new heroes because of their sacrifice to help the people.

“The establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers happen on the celebration of Rizal Day, when we honor, not only the exceptional love of country of Dr. Jose Rizal, but also the patriotism, excellence and courage of our modern-day heroes, including our Overseas Filipino Workers,” the president said.

The said law is one of the priority legislative measures of the Duterte administration.

The DMW will develop policies, plans and programs that will ensure the protection and resolution of the problems faced by Filipino workers working abroad.

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