Department of Migrant Workers Sec. Susan “Toots” Ople has confirmed the increase in wages for foreign caretakers and domestic helpers, including Filipino workers.
Philippine Labor attaches in Taiwan conveyed to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) the pay hike amounting to NT$3,000 or equivalent to nearly P7,000 additional to the monthly salary of overseas Filipino workers.
Ople, however, clarified that the pay adjustment applies only to the newly hired, transferred and re-hired workers, according to the guidelines released by the Taiwan Ministry of Labor.
“Meaning, the salary increase will not take effect to those who have an existing contract,” Ople explained.
The new salary adjusted to NT$20,000 from previous NT$17,000 is exclusively for caretakers and domestic workers.
There are a total of 25,867 Filipino domestic workers and caretakers in Taiwan, out of 147,940 OFWs working there.
At 1.85 exchange rate, the wage increase represents an increase in peso currency from the current P30,260 monthly wage to P 37,000.
“I hope that foreign household workers with existing contracts can also be granted a wage increase given their excellent and reliable service,” said Ople. (Jun Marcos Tadios)