Taiwan wage hike benefits Filipino workers


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of Filipino workers in Taiwan will benefit from the new minimum wage increase approved by the island’s legislative body effective this month.

According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has approved a recommended minimum wage increase of monthly paid workers from NT$18,780 (P25,813.30) to NT$ 19,047 (P26,180.29) per month.

“This is good news, not only for the overseas Filipino workers deployed to Taiwan, but for all workers [there],” Baldoz said in a statement.

Baldoz said the adjustment will cover monthly-paid workers, including OFW factory workers and those covered by the Labor Standards Act.

But she said household-based caretakers are not covered by the wage hike and their minimum wage will remain at NT$15,480 (P21,268.90).

Based on Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) records, as of 2012 there were 41,461 OFWs in Taiwan.

“We welcome this development as this would benefit a lot of workers. We know the government of Taiwan ensures that the welfare of its workers is well taken care of,” Baldoz said.

There are around 1.7 million workers who stand to benefit from the wage adjustment, the labor chief said.

The Executive Yuan (Executive Branch) agreed to the wage increase as Taiwan’s GDP achieved a growth rate of 3.42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, and first quarter 2013’s GDP growth rate will likely be above three percent because of the reported smooth development of the country’s finance, production management and labor force market situation during the period. Tina G. Santos

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  • novaliches

    yehey, tumaas ang sueldo ng 367 pesos per month or 12 pesos per day, a very good news indeed. kay labor secretary pa nanggaling ang news.

  • Al Calde

    Shame on you Labor Sec!

  • Peds Wang

    Labor SEc also mentioned 41th plus OFW’s in Taiwan…which at its high was more than 100th plus…magbenefit nga kung me matirang OFW pa sa taiwan nyan…paubos at pakonti na ng pakonti….Indonesians here number to more than 200th plus….

    • Excel Net

      The Phil. is not encouraging domestic helper jobs, that’s why….Indonesians are dominating the market in Taiwan because most of them are employed as household workers or fisherman, gusto ba ng Filipino ang mga ganyang trabaho?

      • jseesus

        ayaw talaga nang employer ang mga pinoy kasi nga reklamador at hindi marunong mag mandarin. hindi dahil sa dinidiscourage, dami ngang nagaaply pero walang job order. imahinasyion mo lang yun. market forces ang nagdidikta parang kang bibili nang produkto gusto mo sempre yung may quality….

  • jseesus

    Wala nang matitira talaga na mga pinoy workers sa taiwan. Dahil yung refund policy sa placement fee ni baldoz at reklamador na pilipino workers at pkialameromg mga NGO kuno na nangungumission sa mga refund ng mga workers. Hintay pa kyo ng dalawang taon TNT na Lang na pinoy ang maiiwan dito. Ano happy kayo.

  • jseesus

    Tinaas ang sahod nang basic salary ng mga Taiwanese sinabit na rin ang mga Ofw para patas ang Laban ng mga local laborers sa Taiwan vs. Ofw di sinama ang mga ofw cgurado mga factories puro ofw ang kukunin, ngayon dahil sa pareho ang basic cgurado local labor ang uunahin nila. Nakatulong pa sila sa kapwa nla Taiwanese. Kya huwag kng magsaya baldoz. Ihanap mo na ng trabaho Dyan sa pinas ang mga kalahi mo bilang labor secretary. Pag yan ang nagawa mo, yan ang dapat momg pagmalaki Hindi yung mga kalahi mo na nalalayo sa pamilya at nangangamuhan sa ibang bansa. HOY JUAN.. GISING.

  • $46804224

    yung increase pambayad lang yan ng OEC…. what is there to celebrate?

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    • Diepor

      Many countrys had a lot of sailors, construction workers and so on but now all this jobs are taken over by filipinos that are willing to work for less and dont care about working conditions. Its called outsourcing an the goverment is very proud to take away the jobs from workers from other nations.What they dont do is make new jobs, for every outsoucing job a person loose his job in an other country.

  • Aida Ramos

    That’s it! All the government does is watch the income of OFWs but not create jobs in the country and stop the brownouts in Mindanao. NHoynoy is always blindly following Gloria Arroyo’s program. From CCT to OFWs. He deviated though in bringing back brownouts in Mindanao. That Gloria didn’t do.

  • Diepor

    Just making a little over 20 a month, then there is the agency cutting and maybe tax. Its to little, all minimum wage filipinos should go on strike, then the world would stop.


    Si Baldoz, ipinag bunyi ang salary increase na wala naman siyang kinalaman tungkol doon…. yan ba ang achievement nya bilang labor secretary? Ang mga opisyal ni Penoy ay puro SHOWBIZZ achievers ….. aaarrrggghhhhh….. nahawa na silang lahat!!!

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