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Working in Taiwan


Employment of Filipinos in Taiwan is normally processed by manpower agencies authorized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  However, as an exception the Special Direct Hiring Program in Taiwan (SHPT) and the Direct Hire Service Center (DHSC) allows an alternative hiring system.

While you are working in Taiwan, the MECO Labor Affairs Office  is ready to assist you.  However, not all your needs may be responded to by the MECO Labor Affairs Office.  The MECO has organized itself to be able to respond to your needs and we have specialized sections for your specific needs.  We urge you to explore this website to learn about these services. 


The MECO Labor Affairs Office is responsible for matters that are related to your status as a worker or employee in Taiwan.  These matters include your working conditions, wages, employment contracts, working hours, repatriation of workers and other issues that relate to your employment.  If you come to us and this is the concern of other MECO offices, we will gladly assist you in coordinating with our other offices.  In many situations, all our offices coordinate in order to address all your needs.  We have engaged in specialization to ensure a high level of efficiency in serving you.



Downloadable forms and materials


Click here for the downloadable checklists and forms on the SHPT and DHSC programs


Details on Travel Tax Exemption for Filipinos traveling for employment are also found on this site. 


Some documents or applications may need to be authenticated or submitted for affirmation (notarized) PRIOR to filing.  Authentication and notarization is undertaken by the Consular Affairs Office of MECO .  



Links for Further Information


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is the lead government agency tasked to protect and promote the welfare and well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is the government agency responsible for optimizing the benefits of the country's overseas employment program.  This agency was created in 1982 through Executive Order 797 to promote and to monitor the overseas employment of Filipino workers. 


The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office facilitates the visa processing to Taiwan.,  In addition, information on tourism in Taiwan, labor affairs, consular affairs and the relations between the Philippine and Taiwan are also available.


The Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training of Taiwan provides information on the Direct Hiring of employees in Taiwan.  This site is a food source of information of requirements that you may need.


The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) introduces the Taiwan Labor Law in their website.

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