Filipino frontliners in UK make 'enormous contribution' to pandemic fight: envoy


Posted at Apr 23 2020 09:49 AM | Updated as of Apr 23 2020 10:19 AM

Filipino frontliners in UK make 'enormous contribution' to pandemic fight: envoy 1
NHS workers applaud outside King's College Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 16, 2020. Henry Nicholls, Reuters

MANILA -- Some 19,000 Filipino workers in the UK have made an "enormous contribution" to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic there, Britain's envoy to the Philippines said Thursday.

Filipino doctors, nurses and consultants bring "fantastic professionalism, skills and experience and incredible commitment and dedication" while showing "incredible empathy and caring," Ambassador Daniel Pruce told ANC.

"Across the UK, people recognize and appreciate and are enormously grateful for the contribution Filipino workers make," Pruce said.

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Earlier, television host Piers Morgan, praised Filipinos with the UK National Health Service in his morning program.

Across Europe, Filipino health workers are on the frontlines. In Spain, Filipino nurses ditched their odd jobs as babysitters and restaurant servers to serve in hospitals.

In Italy, Filipino health workers who recovered from the disease resumed work, caring for the sick.

The British Embassy in Manila hopes to repatriate a third batch of its citizens on April 28, Pruce said. Citizens will be collected in 3 pick-up points: Iloilo, Tacloban and Davao.

Pruce said he was in touch with the British Chamber in Manila to get an understanding of how they're doing as well as their future plans.