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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.

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