Manpower agencies group in PH opposes inclusion of Taiwan in temporary travel ban

Pointing out that Taiwan is considered by the United Nations as an independent nation, a group of manpower agencies in the Philippines has opposed the nation’s inclusion in the temporary travel ban imposed by the government.
The Pilipino Manpower Agencies Accredited to Taiwan (PILMAT) said the Philippines even has trade relations with Taiwan through the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), according to a report by GMA News’ Unang Balita.
At least 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were offloaded from their flights yesterday after the temporary travel ban was extended to Taiwan on February 10. This prohibits any Filipino national from leaving the country.
PILMAT said since Taiwan-bound OFWs are not included in the board resolution of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), they will not receive the P10,000 assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
Taiwan was included in the issuance since, according to the Department of Health, this was based on the One China policy.
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Those who are coming from Taiwan are now made to undergo a 14-day quarantine period similar to what was being implemented for Filipinos and Philippine permanent resident visa holders coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Last February 11, however, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said those who are affected by such a travel ban will be given assistance that is due to them.
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