Taiwan now allows entry of Filipino workers starting this week

Taiwan now allows entry of Filipino workers starting this week | Juan Manila


After a six-month lockdown enforced by Taiwan on 22 May 2021, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now allowed to go back to their work in the island nation, as Covid cases have declined.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) similar to the Philippines IATF gave the official go for migrants to get into their borders.


MANILA, Philippines — Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor requested the CECC to allow migrant workers to enter the country owing to a shortage of trained labor in huge building projects and understaffed industries producing electronic items.

More than 270 factories from China’s mainland have relocated. Due to China’s increasing economic circumstances and electricity problems, activities have been relocated to Taiwan.

Around 4,000 Filipino employees who were granted visas before the 22 May shutdown would be able to join the firms who hired them by next week.

Meanwhile, after the Chinese New Year from 01 to 06 Feb 2022, 20,000 more OFWs are be expected to be deployed in the island nation.

For the past 30 years, Taiwan has been the most sought-after foreign employment for OFWs because it pays the greatest wages for blue-collar employees and provides very substantial social insurance benefits.

Currently, the country has around 180,000 OFWs, the greatest number in the world, followed by Thais and Vietnamese. (ER/JuanManila)

US claims China is ‘rapidly’ expanding its nuclear arsenal

US claims China is ‘rapidly’ expanding its nuclear arsenal | Juan Manila


The Pentagon has proclaimed China to be its primary security concern for the future, despite Beijing’s professed ambition to build its People’s Liberation Army into “world-class troops” by 2049.

According to senior Pentagon officials, China is expanding its nuclear arsenal much more quickly than has been anticipated by the United States military and its rapidly narrowing the gap with the US as data indicate that China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027 and could top 1,000 by 2030—an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a year ago.


WASHINGTON DC, USA — According to senior Pentagon officials, China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and closing the gap with the US, with data indicating that China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027 and 1,000 by 2030—an arsenal that is two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a year ago.

The assessment was included in the yearly report to Congress by the US Department of Defense on Chinese military advancements.

China, like the United States and Russia, is constructing a so-called “nuclear triad” with the capability of delivering nuclear bombs through land-based ballistic missiles, air-launched warheads, and submarines.

According to the research, China is unlikely to pursue the capacity to execute an unprovoked nuclear strike on a nuclear-armed foe, principally the United States, but rather to discourage future strikes by maintaining a credible threat of nuclear reprisal.

In line with the Pentagon’s findings, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has voiced worry about China’s “coercive behavior” and how it may damage the security of member countries.

“There are, of course, opportunities and we need to engage with China, on issues like climate change and arms controls. But China’s military build-up, growing influence and coercive behavior also pose some challenges to our security, and we need to address them,” Stoltenberg pointed out.

War worries rose in recent weeks as China delivered a scary warning to Taiwan, advising the island country to “prepare for war,” which was depicted in a propaganda poster alongside the foreboding warning. (TRC/JuanManila)

Refocused PNP bags 2 wanted suspects in QC and CamNor

Refocused PNP bags 2 wanted suspects in QC and CamNor | Juan Manila


Barely two days after the new directive to refocus on criminality was given for the Philippine National Police (PNP), operatives of the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIDU) and Talipapa Police Station (PS 3) arrested two most wanted persons by virtue of warrants of arrest in Camarines Norte and in Quezon City.

PNP chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has given orders for the police command to reset aim to criminality as the easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other selected areas have shifted to Alert Level 2.


MANILA, Philippines — CIDU chief Major Elmer Monsalve identified the first captured fugitive as Mark Anthony Lizaba, 25, of Barangay IV, Daet, Camarines Norte. He was apprehended while at the Daet Municipal Police Station inside the municipal government compound on R Andaya Road in Bgy Pamorangan, Daet, Camarines Norte.

Lizaba has been classified as the District Level No. 6 Most Wanted Person (4th quarter) and has an outstanding arrest warrant issued by QC Regional Trial Court Branch 226 judge Manuel Santa Cruz for the crime of murder, with no bail recommended, according to Monsalve.

Meanwhile, the second fugitive captured was Maria Luisa Angulo, 54, of GSIS Village, Project 8, Brgy Bahay Toro, Quezon City. She was apprehended by PS 3 agents led by Lieutenant Colonel Cipriano Galanida on 04 November 2021, about 7:00 a.m.

A police informant gave off the location near the intersection of Road 20 and Shorthorn Street in Project 8, Bgy Bahay Toro.

According to Galanida, Angulo is wanted on 41 counts of violating Batasang Pambansa No. 22, or issuing bouncing checks, issued by QC Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 43 presiding judge Don Ace Mariano and Branch 37 judge Sheena Marie Abella-Davis; Calamba, Laguna MTC Branch 2 judge Eric Esma Sakkam; and Mabalacat, Pampanga MTC Branch 1 acting judge Denise Dacanay Sagun. (TRC/JuanManila

DoE vows to transition to clean energy

DoE vows to transition to clean energy | Juan Manila


Participating in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Department of Energy said it would keep its promise to gradually transition from fuel energy into clean energy.


MANILA, Philippines — Among the things that DoE Secretary Alfonso Cusi promised to Alastair Totty, Charge d’ Affairs of the British Embassy, in his letter dated 03 November 2021 are the following:

“a. We commit to work together to make clean power the most affordable and accessible option globally, with ensuing economic and health benefits as we build back better from the COVID pandemic;

b. We commit to the following actions to drive this global transition forward, and we encourage others to make similar commitments:

#1. To rapidly scale up deployment of clean power generation and energy efficiency measures in our economies, and to support other countries to do the same, recognizing the leadership shown by countries making ambitious commitments, including through the Energy Transition Council.

#2. To rapidly scale up technologies and policies in this decade.
#3. To strengthen our domestic and international efforts to provide a robust framework of financial, technical, and social support to affected workers

c. We recognize that while significant progress has been made to realize our shared vision, our task is not yet complete, and we call on others to join us as we redouble our effort to accelerate the global energy transition over the coming years.”

Cusi also backed the agency’s sentiments on climate justice.

“Likewise, we wish to emphasize that energy security is foremost because our energy transition comes as a means to improve the lives of our people and our country’s economic development,” he said.  (HMP/JuanManila