Bishop allays OFWs fears on Brexit

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Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI chairman

MANILA, June 27, 2016— A Catholic bishop believes that the referendum on British membership in the European Union will not have much adverse effect on the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, is optimistic that OFWs can ‘manage everything’ despite the ripples from the “Brexit”.

“With the Brexit, our OFWs, whom more our nurses, will not be much affected,” Santos said.

On June 23, Britain voted to leave the European Union, sparking concerns that the turnout of events would affect Filipino workers in the UK.

Observers said that Britain’s exit will affect the British economy, immigration policy, and lots more.

The bishop said there is nothing to worry about the Brexit because the working visas of the OFWs are issued by the UK government, and not by the EU.

He also said that OFWs are hired by UK government to in their country and hospitals.

“And so they can remain in UK and work there. No fear of being to be sent home nor out of work,” Santos added.

“There will be difficulties and hardships with this Brexit but our OFWs can manage everything because there we are known to be responsible with works, respectful with laws and resilient amidst storms in life,” he said.

Malacañang has also moved to allay fears, saying that OFWs’ jobs remain secure. (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)



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