Am I Eligible for Taiwan Labor Insurance Death Benefits?

I'm an OFW in Taiwan. One of my family members died. Am I entitled to Taiwan Labor Insurance death benefits for my family member who died?

Yes, if you are employed by a Taiwan-registered company or institution with at least 5 employees and paying labor insurance premiums to the  Bureau of Labor Insurance.

Sadly, most caregivers and domestic helpers are NOT covered by the Taiwan Labor Insurance program because household employers are not mandated to join the program.

Only 3 types of family members are covered:

How much is the death benefit?
It depends on the monthly premiums paid by your company and corresponding monthly salary grade.
It will be based on the average of your last 6 monthly salary grades
prior to the date of death of family member.

The maximum amount is:
For death of parent or spouse -- up to 3 times your monthly salary grade
For death of a child 12 years old or more -- up to 2.5 times your monthly salary grade
For death of a child less than 12 years old -- up to 1.5 times your monthly salary grade

*A miscarried baby is not covered.

What documents should I prepare in Taiwan?

- Your passport
    3 sets of photocopies of all pages, authenticated by MECO in Taiwan

- Your Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), authenticated by MECO in Taiwan
     3 sets of photocopies

- Your Work/Employment contract
    3 sets of photocopies, authenticated by MECO in Taiwan

Special Power of Attorney from you (OFW)
  if you are authorizing your representative in the Philippines
     to have your documents authenticated at
     TECO-Manila and the DFA
  You can have this SPA notarized at  MECO in Taiwan.
       Notarial fee is 1,000 New Taiwan dollars (subject to change).

What documents should be prepared by my family in the Philippines?

These Philippine documents must be authenticated by TECO-Manila and the DFA:

-  Death certificate of family member who died (spouse, parent or child)

-  Birth certificate of OFW  (if parent died)

-  Marriage certificate of OFW (if spouse died)

-  Birth certificate of child (if child died)

What is the general procedure for processing my Taiwan Labor Insurance claim?

1.  You prepare your documents as OFW in Taiwan (see above list).

2.  You send your SPA to your representative in the Philippines.

3.  Your representative photocopies your SPA for use in various agencies.

4.  Your representative obtains the required death certificate and birth or marriage certificate.

5.  Your representative goes to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and
         have the death certificate and birth or marriage certificate authenticated.
       Ask about translation of these documents to Chinese
          and authentication of translation

4.  Your representative files the documents with TECO-Manila.
         Authentication might take 5 days.

5. TECO-Manila returns the authenticated documents to your representative.

6. Your representative sends the documents to you in Taiwan
         Check if you need authentication of documents' translation to Chinese

7.  You request your company to apply for your Labor Insurance death benefit.
       Submit your documents to your employer

8.  Your company submits your documents to the Local Labor Bureau, including
         your Labor Insurance data.

9.  The Labor Bureau will review the claim. If claim is approved, the money will be released to the you after 15 days or more from date of claim filing.

What should your representative do at TECO-Manila?

1. Bring the following:
     - Your passport (passport of OFW), with 1 photocopy
           (or OFW's SSS ID, driver's license, or any other valid ID, with 1 photocopy)
     - Your SPA, with 1 photocopy
     -  Valid ID of representative (passport, SSS ID, driver's license, postal ID or other valid IDs,
            with 1 photocopy)
     -  Valid ID of deceased spouse, parent or child, with 1 photocopy
     -  Death certificate of spouse, parent or child, issued by the NSO and
            authenticated by the DFA, with documentary stamp, with 1 photocopy
     -  Birth certificate of child or OFW or marriage certificate of OFW,
             whichever proves the relationship between OFW and family member who died
            (issued by the NSO and authenticated by the DFA, with documentary stamp,
              with 1 photocopy)
    -  TECO might require an additional relationship document,
            like marriage  contract of parent who died.    

2.  Fill up the Application Form for Authentication
3.  Ask which document should be translated into Chinese
         and where it can be translated

Fees to be paid:
 - Original Authentication Fee : 700 pesos
(Expedite processing Fee:350 pesos
- Duplicate copy authentication Fee : 350 pesos
       (Expedite processing Fee:P180 pesos
- Original translation Authentication Fee : 700 pesos
        (Expedite processing Fee:350 pesos
- Duplicate copy translation authentication Fee: 350 pesos
        (Expedite processing Fee:180 pesos)

Where is TECO-Manila?
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)
Taiwan Embassy
41st Floor, Tower 1 RCBC Plaza
Ayala Ave, Makati

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday except holidays
8:45 am to 11:45 am  --  time for filing
1:45 pm to 4:45 pm  --  time for releasing

Is there a deadline for filing my claim?
You can file your claim within 2 years from date of death of  your family member.
But of course, it's always wise to file as soon as you can.

Is there another related benefit that I can claim?
Ask your employer or check your contract if you are entitled to a paid bereavement leave.

Where are MECO Offices in Taiwan and Philippines Located?

Here are the locations of the offices of the
Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO),
the Philippine Representative Office in Taiwan.


11th Floor, No. 176 Chang Chun Road
Chung Shan District
Taipei 104, Taiwan

Phone No.:
(886) 2-2508-1719

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday, except Philippine and Taiwan's holidays
9 am to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 5 pm
Information Center:
Mary Anne Sioco
Information Officer for MECO-Taiwan

Labor Affairs:
Atty. Llewelyn D. Perez
Director of Labor Affairs
E-mail: mecolabor.taipei@yahoo.com

Andrelyn R. Gregorio
Deputy Director of Labor Affairs (Welfare)

Phone Nos. of Labor Affairs Office:
(886) 2-2507-9803
(886) 2-2507-9804

Kaohsiung Extension Office

9th Floor, Grand 50 Tower
No. 80 Min Tzu 1st Road
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday, except Philippine and Taiwan's holidays
9 am to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 5 pm

For Kaohsiung office, it's recommended that you please
call first for appointment: 07 – 3985935 to 36

 Phone Nos.:
(886) 7-3985935
(886) 7-3985936

Labor Affairs - Kaohsiung Extension Office
Aniceta G. Deuna
Officer-in-charge Labor Affairs
Email: owwa_polokhh@yahoo.com

Taichung Extension Office

4th Floor, A2 Cathay Insurance Building
No. 239 Minchuan Road
West District
Taichung City, Taiwan

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday, except Philippine and Taiwan's holidays
9 am to 11:30 am
1:30 pm to 5 pm

Phone No. :
(886) 4-2302-9080 to 81

Labor Affairs - Taichung Extension Office
Aniceta G. Deuna
Officer-in-charge, Labor Affairs
E-mail: owwa_polokhh@yahoo.com

For Saturday and Sunday office hours:
Please see the MECO website for schedules and announcements
or please call

Processing time for authentication and notary services:
Documents can be released after 2 working days

Processing time for visa services:
If filed in the morning, visa can be released after 5 pm of the same day
If filed in the afternoon, visa can be released at 9:30 am of the following working day.

MAKATI, Philippines

7th Floor, Trafalgar Plaza
105 H.V. de la Costa Street
Salcedo Village
Makati City 1200

Business Hours:
Monday to Friday, except Philippine holidays
8.30 am to 6 pm

Phone Nos. :
(632) 848-3796/97

Janina Clare Tan
Information Officer - Manila
Email:  jctan@meco.ph


Can I Claim AMOSUP Benefits as a Seaman's Wife?

My husband just died. He was a seaman, but for the past two years, he failed to get back onboard a ship because of his illness. Can I claim AMOSUP benefits?

First, seafarers are covered by AMOSUP only if they're working on a vessel that has an agreement or CBA with AMOSUP and are paying dues to AMOSUP.

Death and Funeral Benefits

You might no longer be eligible for death and funeral service benefits because your husband has been inactive for a long time. According to the AMOSUP handbook, death and funeral benefits are only for active members who died while onboard a member vessel or on vacation within 30 days from arrival in Manila.

Provident Fund Benefit

If your husband worked on a vessel that contributed to the Provident Fund in behalf of your husband, you might be able to claim Provident benefits. One of the documents required is your husband's Provident Fund Passbook.

For accurate information, call or email the AMOSUP Provident Fund Office:

Provident Fund Office
Ground Floor, Seamen's Center Building
Cabildo corner Sta. Potenciano Sts.
Intramuros, Manila
(2) 527-8491 to 98

For other benefits or other concerns, call the:

AMOSUP Seamen's Center
(2) 527-8491 to 98

Go here to read or browse the whole AMOSUP Handbook.

AMOSUP stands for Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines.

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SSS Death Benefits
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