Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): Life In Taiwan
March 20, 2016
Working as an OFW(Overseas Filipino Worker) in Taiwan
Life as an OFW is not easy. Working to foreign country and sacrifice to find a job there to earn money to support our family and have a better future. We adjust to almost everything like language, their way of living, culture, customs, belief, foods, etc.
I was 23 years old back then and excited to work abroad for my dreams, bigger plans and goals in Life. To give my family a better future. I went to Manila the capital city of the Philippines to apply a job abroad. It’s my first time in Manila. I don’t know where to go and where are these agencies hiring Filipinos for Taiwan. Since i’ll be applying a job abroad, I need to prepare all my requirements like passport, NSO birth certificate, College Diploma, Transcript of Records, NBI Certificate, SSS ID, Pag-ibig ID, Certificate of Employment from previous company, and other valid ID’s. After completing the requirements the agency will do their part in processing.
After completing my requirements and passing the written and actual test, it’s time to say goodbye to my loved ones and my beloved country Philippines. I felt sad at the same time excited for my life. I left for Taiwan and work at Alpha Network Inc. formerly D-Link as a factory worker. It is located in Hsinchu Taiwan. Mycompany offered us a free dormitory, free bus service, and food allowance. If you are working at night, you will have a night differential. You will also have a performance bonus and overtime pay. What is one of the disadvantages working in Taiwan? It is the high placement fee. Yes! I spent about P150,00.00 just to work in Taiwan.
The day I left to work abroad was the saddest days of my life. I had to left my baby here in the Philippines to earn money for her clubfoot surgery, It’s the only goal that succeed of going abroad. Not all Filipinos who tried their luck working abroad end up triumphant just like me. Behind those sad moment, I learned to stand again and move forward.
Taiwan is just a small progressive country. It is located off the coast of southwest of Okinawa, Japan and north of the Philippines. Shaped roughly like a sweet potato. The weather in Taiwan is different. They have summer, winter, fall, and spring. The country is prone to earthquakes. Ive experienced it many times during my stay in Taiwan.
My first impression with Taiwan, Wow! Amazing country! It’s very clean. People were very disciplined and all are well organized.
What I like most in Taiwan? There’s no work discrimination in their country. The government help the people with disabilities to find a job. In fact, I have deaf and mute Taiwanese co workers. Unlike in the Philippines, even if you will just apply as a sales lady in the mall, they have many qualifications. You need to have a pleasing personality. Every time you apply a job they need work experience. How can we have a work experience if all of these companies were looking of an experienced employees? haha! It’s one of the reasons why many Filipinos choose to work abroad than to stay here in our country.
Experienced at work:
When I arrived in Taiwan, I don’t feel that much homesick because i lived in a dormitory and my elder sister is also working there but far from me. I am not alone, I met many Filipino workers in the dormitory with different stories in life. Most of them just like me are college graduates and will be working jobs different from our education and trainings.
First day of work: A shuttle service provided by the company brought us to our work. We were accompanied by our broker in Taiwan. I was working in Testing and Packing Department. She speaks mandarin well so nothing to worry have interpreter. I’ll be working in a Chinese Mandarin speaking country. i don’t even know a single Mandarin word. It’s so difficult to speak and understand. Even their writings, it;s quite strange to me. I find it so difficult since we are only 4 Filipinos in our department and only few Taiwanese speaks English. I am glad I found a friend who’s good in Mandarin. He’s already working in our company for more than 3 years. But he is not always on my side to be my interpreter. I learned to used sign language. Very funny, I am mute in this country. It’s really important to learned their language.
Our company find solution to this problem. I took Mandarin lesson in our dormitory. Yes! I learned few Mandarin words that gets interest in me like their numbers, common words like ” i miss you” but it’s still so different if you’re already talking to them. They talk so fast. It’s okay, I have a good and friendly supervisor. She’s like a sister to me. She assisted me in my everyday work. What we did? She’s the one who do first the work then I follow. That’s a nice idea! I now enjoy my work and my surrounding. i just think positive. “If others can do it, why can’t I? that’s my motto in life.
Taiwan is my home for 3 years. Working in Taiwan, does not only gave me a work experience and opportunities but the country gave me a chance to explore this wonderland. We have company tour once a year and a family day that will experience us to go to beautiful places like the Aboriginal Village in Formosan. During day off, you can explore the country if you like but on your own expense.
Well, it’s not my main reason to go there so I focus myself on earning and saving money for my family especially my baby’s future. My life is just work, back to dormitory and church activities. I am proud being a member of Hsinchu Catholic Charismatic and a choir member.
To all OFW’s around the globe wishing you all the success in life and may all our dreams come true. God Bless!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, Plans to prosper young not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.