New cooperation guidelines on worker recruitment between the Philippines and Taiwan will allow Filipino workers to travel to Taiwan in two to three weeks at the earliest without going through brokers, reports said.
The deal will save Filipino workers an average of NT$24,000 or at least P34,000 usually paid to brokers to find employment in the Chinese territory, a report on Taiwan Times said.
It will also spare employers, who will confirm the workers' positions in two to three weeks, from paying introduction and registration fees.
A report on Focus Taiwan said the arrangement was reached during the sixth ministerial conference between Taiwan and the Philippines on Monday.
In exchange for finding reputable employers for Filipino workers, the Philippines will provide Taiwan information on worker quality in various industries for the island's hiring system.
A report on Forbes said there were 88,000 Filipinos working on the island in 2013, the year Taiwan imposed labor sanctions on the Philippines for the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters.
The same report stated that OFW numbers also experienced a significant drop of 114,000 to 73,000 between 1999 and 2001 due to a civil aviation dispute. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News