Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople has ordered the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to extend aid and support to Filipino workers affected by the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan Sunday.
Secretary Ople also directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) as well as other labor officials in Taiwan to provide her regular updates as the situation develops.
“I would like to assure our over 147,000 OFWs in Taiwan and their families that the DMW is ready to provide the needed assistance, particularly for those who have been affected by the earthquake,” Ople said.
Ople is in the United States as part of the official delegation of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
No Filipino casualties have been reported in the latest update received by the department as of noon, Monday.
Also, no damage to OFW worksites or dormitories has been reported, although tremors and aftershocks continue, Ople said.
The Secretary is urging OFWs to follow instructions of the Taiwan Manpower Agencies and other concerned government agencies and stay connected with Philippine government and Filipino community representatives.
OFWs in need of assistance and information, may contact the following hotlines and social media sites:
Mobile: +886 932 218 057
Facebook / Messenger: POLO Taipei
Mobile: +886 966 537 732
Facebook / Messenger: Meco Polo Taichung
Mobile: +886 988 976 596
Facebook / Messenger: Meco Polo Owwa Kaohsiung