More Filipinos find educational opportunities in Taiwan

Marje Pelayo   •   March 19, 2021   •   568

TAIWAN – Around 2,000 Filipino students are currently taking up their degree in Taiwan.

According to the latest record of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, the number of Filipinos travelling to Taiwan for educational purposes rose significantly from 570 in 2016 to 2,311 last year.

Among them is Lorenzo Ramos who is staying in Taiwan under a scholarship program.

He said aside from free education, among the benefits of studying in Taiwan include a health insurance and job opportunities after graduation.

“The inclusion of scholarship is actually an amount to cover your tuition plus monthly stipend or allowance for my day-to-day expenses here in Taiwan,” Lorenzo said.

“Right now I am also entitled to their National Health Insurance which is one of the most popular coverages worldwide and at the same time after I graduate they will automatically extend my visa to allow me to seek job opportunities here in Taiwan. So I can say that the foreign students are well taken care of in their country,” he added.

Taiwan is among countries in the world with the lowest COVID-19 infection rate.

Thus, most schools in the country have resumed face-to-face classes.

“Taiwan is one of the few places in the world that holds face-to-face classes and at the same time I can honestly say that it’s pretty normal here. It’s like they have the COVID situation under control,” Lorenzo said.

Some scholarship grants offered in Taiwan include those from the Ministry of Education and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

Apart from undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, the Taiwan government also offers Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to those who wish to learn the Chinese language. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan extends COVID-19 Alert Level 3 until June 14

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2021

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Schools as well as public and business venues will remain closed until June 14 amid a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Only essential service providers will be allowed to open, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday (May 26).

The directive followed the extension of Alert Level 3 in the country’s COVID Four-Level Alert System as more and more domestic transmission is being reported.

Restaurants and other food businesses are expected to bear the brunt of the new restriction as they are forced to close for more weeks.

On Tuesday (May 25), the CECC recorded a total of 544 cases of COVID-19 infection including two imported cases.

Currently, Taiwan has administered around 311,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

In a post on Twitter, President Tsai Ing-Wen said more doses are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days.

Specifically, Taiwan is expecting around two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine next month while an additional 10 million doses are coming in August. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan issues epidemic prevention guidelines amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2021

Various government agencies in Taiwan gathered to formulate and implement a set of guidelines for the protection of its workers amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

At present, the total domestic cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan reached 959 on May 15, according to the country’s Central Epidemic Command Center.

Thus, concerned government agencies agreed to impose stricter crowd control, restrictions in group activities and intensify foreign migrant workers management.

“The government of Taiwan has always taken the focus of giving a response and remaining cautious amidst the crisis. We are also paying very close attention to any latest change because we understand that our industry is playing a critical role in the global supply chain,” said Spokesperson of the Executive Yuan Luo Bing-cheng.

In response to this, the national government of Taiwan directed all companies in the country to create their respective epidemic response teams that will oversee, monitor and assure the strict implementation of epidemic prevention measures.

Also, the number of guests will be limited in factories and areas with a high number of COVID-cases.

Control flow will be placed in buildings and public spaces will be temporarily closed.

All meetings will be held through video conferencing to avoid physical contact.

Given the situation, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is confident that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry remains stable.

“We are confident that with our past years experience controlling the pandemic and also with increased medical resources and better informed public we will be able to fight this critical fight if we work in unity,” Lou Bing-cheng noted.

From Wednesday (May 19) to June 18, Taiwan’s borders will be closed to international arrivals except for citizens and legal residents.

This measure prompted the Ministry of Labor to allow employers to extend the permit of migrant workers under their care to three months more. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan lifts facility-based quarantine for arriving travelers from the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Travelers arriving from the Philippines will no longer be forced to stay in a quarantine facility once they land in Taiwan, the country’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday (November 4).

Starting Monday (November 9), all passengers arriving from the Philippines may undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine and one-week-self health management at home as announced.

The agency further announced that the government will also stop requiring a COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period once the traveler from the Philippines shows no symptoms of the disease.

The easing of restrictions was based on the recorded slowdown in COVID-19 infections in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the agency stressed that travelers from the Philippines who develop symptoms of COVID-19 before arrival to Taiwan must inform health authorities of their condition upon arrival as they will be required to have a COVID-19 test if necessary.

Starting November 9, only those passengers who will show symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival to Taiwan will be quarantined in a government-managed facility as they will be given two COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests within a 24 hours interval.

They will only be allowed to quarantine at home of at a hotel if both tests yield negative results.

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