Ople to Taiwan OFWs: Maintain vigilance

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DESPITE the end of the military drills of China, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Taiwan to maintain their vigilance over the prevailing political tension there.

In a press briefing, DMW Secretary Susan Ople said it would be better if OFWs remained vigilant, much like how she instructed the DMW personnel in Taiwan.

“We have instructed our three labor attaches in Taiwan to remain vigilant and visible to OFW communities, employers and other stakeholders,” Ople said.

So far, she said OFWs in the area in between China and Taiwan are safe.

This, she said, was after Philippine Labor Attache David Des Dicang was able to speak to 30 OFWs in Kinmen Island, which is just six kilometers away from Xiamen, China and 300 kilometers away from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“They are all safe and under the care of their employers,” Ople related.

China earlier announced the end of its military drills that are being held close to Taiwan.

The military drills of China raised tension in the region after it came on the heels of the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

On Friday, Aug. 12, Chinese Consul General in Cebu Jia Li assured in an interview with Cebu-based journalists that China will uphold “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan amid tensions they have with the United States.

Li gave the assurance when asked about Filipinos working in Taiwan who are likely to be trapped in the rising conflict between the two nations. (HDT, EHP / SunStar Philippines)