The Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan regional branch of the Workforce Development Agency in Tainan, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 51-year-old unemployed Filipina has become a caregiver with help from Taiwan’s Workforce Development Agency and receives a monthly grant to encourage her work in a sector short of employees.

The Filipina Annie, who lived with and was married to a Taiwanese man for more than a decade, had difficulty finding a job because she cannot write Chinese, Udn Daily News reported.

In August 2017 she visited the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan regional branch of the Workforce Development Agency and was referred to a nursing home in Chaiyi County in southwest Taiwan to be a caregiver – to take care of eight to 10 elderly people.

It was recommended that she should apply for a government incentive grant for middle-aged workers in fields that have a severe shortage of workers.

Annie was highly praised for her personal attributes – being a responsible and caring worker. She was quickly appointed as an instructor to coach new caregivers in the elderly-care facility.

Ke Cheng-fang, chief of the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan regional branch, said any unemployed people who are referred by the state agency and willing to take a dirty, dangerous or demanding blue-collar job, or be a caregiver in institutions – and stay for at least 30 days – is entitled to the government grant.

Workers usually receive NT$5,000 (US$169) per month for the first six months of employment, and NT$6,000 ($203) per month from their seventh to twelfth months, and  NT$7,000 ($237) a month up to their eighteenth month – meaning a total of NT$108,000 ($3,655) could be awarded.

Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now. 

12 replies on “Middle-aged Filipina serves as role model to new caregivers”

Comments are closed.