Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed elation over the DOLE’s adoption of the International Direct e-recruitment System for the Special Hiring Program for Taiwan, or T-IDES, following its successful implementation with the hiring and recruitment by NXP Semiconductors Taiwan Ltd. of OFWs as production workers for its Taiwan operations.

 

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reported to Secretary Baldoz that officials of NXP Semiconductors visited Manila last week and were able to interview 315 applicants through the T-IDES.

 

“The issues that haunted us in the past have been addressed by this program. I believe the Philippines and Taiwan have already achieved a higher degree of trust and confidence in each other because of T-IDES,” Baldoz said.

 

“We are now more transparent in articulating our respective positions on issues with the clear intent of resolving the same for our mutual benefit; and we have seen this in the recent interview trip conducted by the NXP employer representatives with the T-IDES team of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA),” she added.

 

NXP Semiconductors, a Taiwan-based company, is involved in the development of products dealing with high-performance mixed signal electronics in automotives, identifications solutions, connected devices, internet, and power.

 

It has operations in more than 25 countries around the world, with customers and distribution partners like Apple, Bosch, Continental, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Huawei, Kona, Nokia Networks, Panasonic, and Samsung. In 2014, the company posted revenues of US$5.65 billion.

 

The list of workers hired by NXP, after the company’s internal alignment and selection, will be provided for proper documentation and deployment.

 

The endorsements for prospective employees of NXP began on 7 September 2015, with a total of 63 workers endorsed; second endorsement on 8 September, with 92 workers; and third endorsement on 9 September, with 127 workers. An additional 33 workers were also endorsed by NXP after the POEA evaluation on 10 September.

 

In a letter sent by NXP Human Resource Officer Kelly CJ Chen to POEA Director Nimfa de Guzman, she thanked the POEA for arrangements done in ensuring the efficiency of the process.

 

“We are satisfied with the smooth flow in conducting the company presentation, tests, and interviews for the applicants—divided into four batches—in three days. POEA officials and employees, indeed, worked hard from early morning till evening in monitoring details that we really appreciated,” Chen said.

 

“The whole interview trip ended with success,” she added.

 

Earlier, Secretary Baldoz issued an order creating a DOLE inter-agency team composed of focal persons from the POEA, OWWA, TESDA, International Labor Affairs Bureau, MECO Labor Centers in Taiwan, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs to ensure efficient implementation of the T-IDES.

 

Under the T-IDES, the POEA shall facilitate the recruitment process through its in-house placement facility, or the Government Placement Branch. The program is designed to simplify the hiring process and make it easier for Taiwanese employers to directly hire foreign workers, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), without the participation of private recruitment agencies or brokers.

 

“The system aims to cut down the processing time in finding suitable foreign workers and likewise reduce the mobilization costs for workers and employers,” Baldoz explained. It will cut down on cost, from the present P90,000 to P120,000 to only about P30, 000.

 

The T-IDES process flow will last from only 12 to 18 days.

 

It will commence with employer selection which will last for at least three to five days. The POEA will notify the top three choices of the employer and process the first to comply with all the requirements, after which the employer shall review the pool of pre-qualified applicants, as endorsed by the POEA.

 

The POEA, under the program, shall document the workers selected, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will conduct the comprehensive pre-departure education program for selected workers and manage the welfare-related interventions for T-IDES workers onsite.

 

The TESDA, on its part, will provide a registry of certified workers and graduates based on the qualifications required by Taiwan employers and to provide a list of TVET providers offering programs that meet employers’ needs.

 

The NRCO, on the other hand, will promote financial literacy and suitable reintegration projects for T-IDES workers.

 

Selected workers under the T-IDES will also have to undergo medical examination, contract signing, submission of documentary requirements, payment of fees, issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate, airline booking, pre-departure orientation seminar, and language training.

 

Thereafter, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines shall issue a working visa to the employees for deployment.

 

“To strengthen the hiring program of OFWs under the T-IDES, Taiwanese employers who have valid accreditation with licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) shall be allowed to hire under the T-IDES based on dual registration, like documentary package and uniform compensation package. The POEA has issued Memorandum Circular No. 11 in this regard,” Baldoz said.

 

Toward this end, the labor and employment chief bared that under the T-IDES, only quality employers in Taiwan and quality workers from the Philippines will participate.

 

“This is one concrete step towards ensuring that the system achieves its maximum potential and benefit for all concerned parties. The only way to make this system work is standards for workers and employers,’ she finally said.

 

Any question about this release? You may visit the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration at the Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City; or call at tel. Nos. (632) 722-144/ 722-1155

 

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