■ FOREIGN AID
Medics head to Belize
A 10-member Mobile Medical Mission under the International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan (TaiwanICDF) will head to Belize today to provide medical aid in the central American nation lashed by two hurricanes in recent weeks, a TaiwanICDF spokesman said yesterday. According to the spokesman, Belize is in a state of emergency, struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, which swept across the country at the end of last month, and Hurricane Felix, which struck last Monday. The Taiwanese medical team has prepared more than 20 crates of medicine and medical equipment for its humanitarian mission, the spokesman said.
Foreign workers rise 4%
The number of foreign workers in the nation totaled 350,100 at the end of June, with nearly half employed as health care or domestic workers, according to statistics released yesterday by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. The tallies show that the number of foreign workers in Taiwan at the end of June posted a year-on-year increase of 4.1 percent. By profession, some 176,000 foreigners were employed in the manufacturing sector, accounting for 50.2 percent of the total. The figure marked a year-on-year increase of 3 percent. The "social and individual services sectors" employed around 161,000 foreign workers at the end of June, or 45.9 percent of the total, with 158,000 working as health-care assistants and 2,544 as domestic workers. Workers from Indonesia formed the largest group of foreign workers in Taiwan at 103,000, followed by those from Thailand at 90,000 and those from the Philippines at 88,000, the tallied showed.