About 5,000 Filipinos affected in Taiwan quake

About 5,000 Filipinos affected in Taiwan quake; no repatriation bid yet

/ 12:24 PM April 04, 2024

MANILA, Philippines — About 5,000 Filipinos were affected by the Taiwan earthquake, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) officer-in-charge Hans Cacdac said on Thursday.

In a press conference at the DMW Headquarters in Quezon City, Cacdac said there are 1,400 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hualien country — the epicenter of the quake — while the rest are from the adjacent counties.

Cacdac also said they have yet to receive requests for repatriation.


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“They live in dorms provided to them; they live in factories in industrial zones, so they are well taken care of. So for that reason, at this stage, we have not received a repatriation request,” Cacdac said of the OFWs in Taiwan.

Three Filipinos — two female and a male — are also confirmed to have minor injuries, the official also said.

Two of them have since been discharged, while the other one is still confined.

Cacdac said: “One had a head injury from debris, it’s a minor head injury, was taken to hospital but discharged yesterday. The other one, she was in the course of evacuation, and was in a hurry so her hands were slammed in the door; she had swollen hands. Also hospitalized but discharged. The third one collapsed during the earthquake, probably due to stress. She is currently in hospital.”

The injured Filipinos will receive action fund assistance and psychosocial counseling from the government, if needed, according to the DMW chief.


Cacdac also said some Filipino tourists were affected by the earthquake, but he could not yet provide their exact number or their current situation.

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Nine people were killed while 800 people were hurt after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit Taiwan on Wednesday.

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