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Bilateral accord cuts out brokers from labor hiring

CNA , TAIPEI

Taiwan and the Philippines signed an agreement yesterday on the direct employment of laborers, allowing Taiwan employers to hire Filipino workers directly without using brokers, according to Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) sources.

The agreement, jointly inked by Taipei's representative in the Philippines, Luo Chih-yuan (羅致遠), and the Philippine's representative in Taiwan, Rodolfo Reyes, in a ceremony held in Taipei, promises to save potential Taiwan employers of Filipino workers NT$50,000 to NT$100,000 in brokerage fees and around one month in processing time, CLA officials said.

The agreement is also considered a positive move for prospective laborers from the Philippines, as they will no longer be gouged for huge sums of money as commission to unscrupulous labor brokers.

According to Lin Tsong-ming, director-general of the CLA's Employment and Vocational Training Administration, prospective Taiwan employers can now contact Taiwan's liaison offices in the Philippines to directly "import" the Filipino workers to Taiwan.

The Philippines is the second country to forge a direct labor employment agreement with Taiwan since the CLA signed a similar accord with Vietnam last May, Lin said.

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