I-Mei Foods Co, Nankan, Taoyuan City, northwestern Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

Philippine officials on Thursday paid a visit to a plant in Taoyuan run by the Taiwanese food giant I-Mei Foods Co, where they met with workers who had been directly hired from the Philippines.

Angelito Banayo, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), which handles Philippine diplomatic affairs in Taiwan, and Cesar Chavez, director of labor affairs for the MECO Labor Center, visited the plant on March 1, and spoke highly of the labor terms and conditions for Filipinos employed there, Taiwan News reported.

Last November, the Taiwanese food company held a series of direct-hiring interviews and orientations in Davao City on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

The direct-hiring project, which was a collaborative effort of MECO, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the City of Davao, and I-Mei Foods, was aimed at sparing the workers the burden of high brokerage fees. Airfare and visa fees for those hired were also covered by the company.

Banayo said he was pleased with the company’s working environment, with good meals from the dining hall and air-conditioned accommodation in place.

Chavez particularly applauded I-Mei’s choice of hiring from Davao, which is his home city, and said the terms and conditions offered by the Taiwanese company were better than in many other parts of the world, especially compared with the Middle East.

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