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Taiwan-Philippines visa-free privilege eyed

Monday, May 22, 2017

PAMPANGA. Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and his wife Sofia received a souvenir gift from Governor Lilia Pineda during a short meeting with Pampanga officials at Clark Freeport. (PR)

THE representative of Taiwan to the Philippines said one of his priority work plans is the granting of visa-free privilege to Filipinos to make Taiwan-Philippines bilateral ties come true as soon as possible.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin said through the privilege, the relations of Pampanga and Taiwan would improve, as his country will soon introduce the charter flight from Taiwan to Clark.

He said Taiwan is expected to release the full details of the implementation of the visa-free arrangements including the exact date of the commencement of implementing the visa-free treatment and its requirements in September, this year.

“The Philippines is considered as an important partner of Taiwan, so we are really making efforts to welcome more Filipino visitors to visit Taiwan,” he said.

Lin said the visa free proposal is already approved in principle but the implementation was postponed supposedly to be in June this year.

Lin further pointed out that the postponement is simply for smooth operations, more effective immigration procedure, and the safeguard of security for all passengers.

Lin also pointed out the geographic proximity and close bond between Taiwan and the Philippines.

“Physically, it takes only one hour and 30 minutes by airplane to travel between Taiwan and Clark Airport,” he added.

Lin, meanwhile, is optimistic that Pampanga will take off with the mutual cooperation of Taiwan and local officials, farmers, businessmen and entrepreneurs of the province.

Pampanga has full of potentials, Lin said: "the land is good, that is why many farmers and entrepreneurs from Taiwan are here planting watermelons and other high value crops and tropical products."

Governor Lilia Pineda encouraged Lin and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines to help them develop agri-tourism through training, sharing of technology, equipment and even funding support.

The governor also thanked Lin for providing jobs to kabalens working here and in Taiwan.

Taiwan now is a home and a workplace to 4,019 overseas Filipino workers from Pampanga. (PR)

Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 23, 2017.

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