Families with multiple children should have an easier time hiring a foreigner as a domestic helper after a needs-based point system used to determine eligibility is reviewed, the Ministry of Labor said on Monday.
The ministry’s move — an attempt to encourage people to have more children and increase the nation’s low birth rate — comes after Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ying (陳瑩) urged at a legislative hearing that the point system be reviewed.
Testifying at the hearing was a mother of five who is expecting a baby in January.
The mother said she adores babies, but is burned out from taking care of so many children.
As her children get older, she receives fewer points under the system and has become less eligible to hire a foreign domestic helper, which has forced her to turn to the government for help, she said.
Taiwan in 2001 introduced the needs-based point system, under which applicants must score 16 points or higher to be eligible to hire a foreign domestic helper.
To reach 16 points on the evaluation scale, families must have three or more children aged three or younger, or have lineal relatives aged six years or younger, or 75 or older.
The nation’s low birth rate has become a national security issue, Chen said, adding that the government is developing a policy that includes creating an ideal environment for raising children and making more resources available to reduce the burden of child-rearing on parents, Chen said.
In Taiwan, 4,680 families have four children, Chen said, citing statistics from last year.
The government should review the needs-based point system to allow more people to be able to hire foreign domestic helpers, Chen added.
Applications for hiring foreign domestic helpers are subject to strict review, Workforce Development Agency Director-General Huang Chiu-kuei (黃秋桂) told the lawmakers.
The ministry plans to study the feasibility of using a weighted system to calculate the points assessed to families with three or more children, Huang said.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37