DMW ready to aid OFWs after 6.6 magnitude quake in Taiwan

Journalists gather beside the collapsed Kaoliao bridge in eastern Taiwan’s Hualien county on 19 September 2022, following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on September 18. Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP

September 19, 2022

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople has ordered the Department of Migrant Workers to extend aid and support to Filipino workers affected by the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan Sunday, 18 September.

Secretary Ople also directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office as well as other labor officials in Taiwan to provide her regular updates as the situation develops. 

“I would like to assure our over 147,000 OFWs in Taiwan and their families that the DMW is ready to provide the needed assistance, particularly for those who have been affected by the earthquake,” Ople said. 

Ople is in the United States as part of the official delegation of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 

No Filipino casualties have been reported in the latest update received by the department as of noon, Monday.

Also, no damage to OFW worksites or dormitories has been reported, although tremors and aftershocks continue, Ople said.  

The Secretary is urging OFWs to follow instructions of the Taiwan Manpower Agencies and other concerned government agencies and stay connected with the Philippine government and Filipino community representatives.

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