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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)

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