MECO chief says gov’t working to resolve PH-Taiwan row

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MANILA, Philippines—Amid reports that thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers in Taiwan lost their jobs over the case of the Taiwanese fisherman killed off Batanes two months ago, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) chairman Amadeo Perez appealed to the remaining workers there to keep their cool as the government is working to resolve the dispute.

He, however, said that MECO, in particular, cannot do anything about the case of the laid off workers, saying that it is the Department of Labor and Employment which is in the position to look for jobs that can be offered to them.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) chairman Amadeo Perez (Center) AFP FILE PHOTO

“Walang magawa kasi yan ang isa sa mga sanction na inimpose sa atin ng Taiwan,” Perez said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

(We can’t do anything because it is among the sanctions imposed upon us.)

Earlier reports had it that about 10,000 OFWs in Taiwan were forced to return to the country after their job contracts were terminated amid the unresolved case of the Taiwanese fisherman who killed during an encounter with Philippine Coast Guard in the Balintang Channel.

In particular, Perez said the affected OFWs were not issued a re-entry visa.

Asked for his message to about 80,000 more OFWs remaining in Taiwan, Perez said: “Huminahon lang sila at gagawan ng paraan ng gobyerno ’yang problema. Hindi naman natutulog ang gobyerno. Bigyan lang natin ng sapat na pagkakataon na maresolba itong gusot sa pagitan ng Taiwan at Pilipinas.”

(Just calm down as the government is working on ways to resolve the dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines.)

For the full interview, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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  • freedom of navigation

    Kung magkakaroon man ng kasunduan sa pangingisda, huwag naman sanang gawing binding agreement ng Pinas, bagkus pwedeng i-terminate at any time. Para kung may mga paglalabag walang masyadong problema. At huwag dapat na mag-offer ang Pinas kasi magkaibang bagay ang kasunduan sa pangingisda at ang naganap na insidente.

  • Ako_Hiking

    If 10,000 OFW’s lost their jobs and if it is true that they all were forced back to the Philippines then it looks like unemployment in the Philippines once again increased. Other than their remittances which is helping stabilize the Philippine economy, it doesn’t appear that the Aquino Administration cares about the OFW’s.

    • kanoy

      RECORD KEEPING HERE SUCKS WITH NO RELIABLE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE SWS BEING PART OF THE 1% CLUB WE ONLY HAVE THE ”STATE RUN” MEDIA TO BASE STAT REPORTS ON

      UNEMPLOYMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIGH AND CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE ATTESTS TO A VERY POOR ECONOMY FOR A VERY LONG TIME NO MATTER WHAT THEY PRINT HERE $1=P43.40 THAT IS 2007 LEVEL

      • Ako_Hiking

        Well that is true. but we would all like to believe that ever since the previous Administration that the economy has been steadily growing. This current Administration has promised to take it to even greater heights but that is yet to be seen.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Probably begging for jobs. Pathetic.

  • kilabot

    the student council govt is in panic.
    80,000 sotw potentially repatriated from taiwan;
    sotw potentially evacuated from egypt;
    sotw repatriated from syria, saudi;
    and no available jobs at home.
    where’s the pied piper of abnoyance?

    • kanoy

      NOT A SINGLE 1 OF THOSE PATHETIC LAWMAKERS ELECTED TO OFFICE IS ABLE TO SET THEIR EGO ASIDE LONG ENOUGH TO ASK LAWMAKERS FROM THE NATIONS OFW ARE SENT TO JUST WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE DONE TO CREATE THE SAME JOBS HERE—-ITS EVIDENT THAT THEY HAVE NOT GOT A CLIE

  • albert

    PH as beggars na..??

  • upupperclassman

    After the great investigation done by NBI and the report is with the President, what is next? Maybe the result will come out in another 3 years.

    • kanoy

      RP ”FACT FINDERS” FOUND
      50 BULLET HOLES IN THE CABIN ON THE FRONT OF THE BOAT

      THE RPCG SAID THEY WHERE SHOOTING THE ENGINE IN THE REAR WHERE NOT 1 BULLET HOLE WAS FOUND
      FACT—> RPCG NEEDS LOTS OF TARGET PRACTICE
      1 DEAD OLD MAN
      PROOF THAT EVEN BAD AIM CAN KILL
      THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS OF ILLEGAL FISHERMEN

      WHY DID THE RPCG ONLY FIRE ON 1???????????

  • Roy Rosales

    the taiwan sanctions,is a blessing in disguise with our ofw long term.their working in taiwan or other countries is not eternal.somewhere along the way,problems will crop up,like whats happening currently.i would like to think that the best that we can do right now is to accept our fate as ofw and return home,and look for other jobs.our govt should aggressively look for a substitute jobs for our misplaced ofw both here and abroad.asap.our main problem is overpopulation,which is the broad cause,and the

    avalanche of filipinos who want to go abroad for jobs,and majoritywith meager talents and expertise,even with relatively small pay is the effect.we have to implement our reproductive health bill asap to achieve a population numbers conducive to progress in 2 to 3 decade.japan and korea were very succesful with their long terms demographic plans

    • kanoy

      1 WANT TO GO ABROAD TO WORK?
      NO—FORCED TO GO ABROAD TO WORK

      2 PROBLEMS WITH EMPLOYERS OVERSEAS?
      NO DIFFERENT THAN THE PROBLEMS WITH EMPLOYERS HERE

      3 OVERPOPULATION IS THE PROBLEM?
      NO–INEPT INEFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT WHICH FINDS IT EASIER TO RELY UPON OTHER COUNTRIES TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT FOR FILIPINO RATHER THAN LEARN HOW TO CREATE JOBS HERE AND NOT LOSE BILLION$$$$$ OF TAX $$$ IS THE PROBLEM

  • joboni96

    STOP LEGALIZATION OF TAIWANESE POACHING

    mas marami pang nananakaw ng mga taiwanese
    yamang dagat natin

    kaysa remittances ng mga pilipino
    mula sa taiwan na pinaghirapan

  • juan_liwanag

    YOU CAN GO TO HELL FOR ALL I CARE!!! YOUR EMPLOYERS ARE THE ONES CRYING AND JUST LIKE A BOXER THAT HAS BEEN HIT BY A SOLID BLOW, YOU PRETEND TO BE SMILING WHILE HURT AND ARE PANDERING TO IRRESPONSIBLE PHILIPPINE POLITICIANS TO GET UNDESERVED ATTENTION. YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS GONE TO BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, MYANMAR, VIETNAM AND SRI LANKA TO GET REPLACEMENT FOR FILIPINOS. BUT DID YOU SUCCEED? NAH! I SUSPECT YOU ARE ONE OF THE TECO STAFF THAT WOULD SOON LOSE HIS JOB OR ONE OF THE TAIWANESE CYBERCRIME OPERATORS IN THE PHILIPPINES. GET REAL AND GET LIFE!

  • ukoysakabu

    YOU MORON STICK IT UP UR HAIRY AS!!! SHEM ON YOU O PIS OF S H I T!!

  • kanoy

    YOU LOST ME ON THAT ONE—THEIR EMPLOYERS ARE TAI THEY ARE NOT CRYING THEY ARE MAKING THE OFW EMPLOYEE CRY AND RATHER THAN CRY THEY SHOULD BAND TOGETHER AND PRESSURE THE AQUINO ADMIN TO DO WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE DONE THE DAY THE RPCG COMMITTED MURDER—TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND PERSONALLY APOLOGIZE —-> it is the Department of Labor and Employment which is in the position to look for jobs that can be offered to them???

    LOOK FOR??? WHY NOT CREATE? LIKE ALL THE COUNTRIES WE SEND OFW TO—WHY? THEY CREATED THE JOBS!!! WHY CAN’T FILIPINO LAWMAKERS CREATE JOBS? NO DEPARTMENT IN THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CREATES JOBS—WHY? WHY WAS THESE SENATORS GOVERNORS CONGRESSMEN REPRESENTATIVES MAYORS PRESIDENT ELECTED TO DO MAKE LAWS NOT JOBS? DISBAND THE D.O. LABOR—THERE IS NONE WHEN it is the Department of Labor and Employment which is in the position to ”look for jobs” that can be offered to them.

  • sakinlang

    not only in taipei zoo, the whole of taewan is filled with monkeys like you!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Its Taiwan who hired and brought them there. Nobody forced the Taiwanese.

  • jpastor

    Pig.

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