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Sans Trade Pact, Thousands of Taiwan Jobs for Filipinos Could Be Lost

GMAnews.TV, Posted: Feb 12, 2010

Thousands of overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan may lose their jobs if the Philippines fails to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Taipei, an islands top official said on Thursday. An estimated 100,000 Filipino workers are currently employed in Taiwan.

This developed as the international community continued to face a dilemma over whether to consider Taiwan as an autonomous government or a Chinese territory.

Taiwan-based factories employing Filipinos may move operations to mainland China once the trade pact between China and Taiwan is signed, said Donald Lee, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office representative to Manila.

The Philippines should seriously consider signing an FTA with Taiwan," Lee said in a press briefing.

This will allow the country to tap enormous benefits" from the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), which is currently being negotiated by Beijing and Taipei.



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