Workers stranded by Taiwan travel ban may get gov't aid this week: OWWA

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Posted at Feb 12 2020 09:00 AM

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Taiwan-bound workers who were stranded in the Philippines by a travel ban due to the novel coronavirus outbreak might receive financial aid from the government this week, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said Wednesday. 

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said he and the labor department were ironing out the P10,000 grant to each of the stranded workers. 

"Kung maisaayos po itong mga prosesong ito, malamang po, within this week po makakapag-distribute na rin tayo ng financial assistance," he told DZMM. 

(If we can fix this process, we can probably distribute financial assistance this week.) 

Filipino workers stranded by a similar travel ban on China and its special administrative regions Macau and Hong Kong earlier received P10,000 in government aid, said Cacdac. 

Authorities will talk to the employers of stranded Filipinos who fear losing their jobs due to the travel restriction, he said. 

"Ang payo ko, 'wag munang mag-isip ng extreme na scenario dahil mayroon pa namang pag-uusap na mangyayari," he said. 

(My advice is don't immediately think of extreme scenarios because there will still be talks.) 

Believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in the central Chinese City of Wuhan, the new coronavirus has killed 1,110 and infected 44,200 in China so far. 

The Philippines has confirmed 3 novel coronavirus cases, including 1 death, all from Wuhan. 

Taiwan, which has 18 confirmed cases of the new virus, lashed out at countries that "confuse" it with China after the Philippines became the latest to impose a travel ban on the island. 

Beijing views Taiwan as its own territory -- part of a "one China" -- and has vowed to eventually take the island, by force if necessary.

Late Monday the Philippines confirmed its current travel ban for China was being expanded to Taiwan.With a report from Agence France-Presse 
 

DZMM, Feb. 12, 2020