Ochoa tells agencies to set up special windows for Taiwan- bound OFWs

February 25, 2011 1:56 am 

MANILA, Feb. 24 — Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. has directed five agencies dealing with the requirements for the processing of visa of Filipino workers bound for Taiwan to set up special windows to facilitate their documents faster.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila had previously announced that Taiwan-bound Filipinos would have to submit additional documents as a pre-requisite for the issuance of work visa, but Ochoa said the creation of special lanes would help ease the impact of the new requirements imposed on Filipino workers.

“Our priority here is the welfare of our citizens who have already obtained employment in Taiwan, but are now having difficulty getting their visas to Taiwan because of the new requirements issued by TECO,” Ochoa said.

In a memorandum dated February 14, Ochoa ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and National Statistics Office (NSO) to establish in their respective offices special lanes dedicated to the processing and authentication or issuance of documents.

In a separate letter, the Executive Secretary also asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to fast track the issuance of identification cards.

According to Ochoa, the SSS has already opened courtesy lanes in its offices and has started issuing documents certifying that the Taiwan-bound OFW is a member of SSS and has applied for the biometric identification card pending the production, supply and actual delivery of the SSS Biometric ID.

Under the new guidelines issued by the economic and cultural office of Taipei, workers seeking deployment to Taiwan must submit DFA- and TECO-authenticated birth certificate and NBI clearance, as well as the original and photocopies of ID cards issued by the SSS, Philhealth and COMELEC. (PNA)

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