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Palace: Brexit won’t affect Pinoy workers

Malacañang yesterday allayed fears that the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to bolt from the European Union (EU) will have an adverse effect on Filipino workers in the UK.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr likewise assured that the Philippine economy will not be affected by the so-called ‘Brexit.’

According to Coloma, most of the Filipinos working in the UK are nurses.

“Ang kanilang paglilingkod doon ay hindi nakasalalay sa pagiging myembro ng United Kingdom sa European Union dahil ang sumasaklaw sa kanilang pagtatrabaho doon ay mga batas ng UK hindi ng EU [The services of Filipino nurses are not based on UK’s membership in the EU because their jobs are covered by UK laws and not by the EU],” he said.

He also said the Department of Finance (DoF) had also allayed fears that the turnout of events would shake up Philippine economy.

Coloma pointed out that the country has strong macroeconomic fundamentals under the Aquino administration during the past six years.

He, however, urged on the incoming Duterte administration to build on the economic gains of the outgoing Aquino administration.

“Ganun pa man, hindi rin dapat maging over confident o kampante lamang,” Coloma said.

He said the new administration should continue strengthening the economy and further strengthen the confidence of investors and the global financial market on the Philippine economy.

Coloma also said reforms started by the Aquino administration should be carried on by the Duterte administration.

“Lahat ng ginawa ng Aquino administration hinggil sa mga bagay na ito na marapat na ipagpatuloy ay nakabatay sa mga prinsipyo ng mabuting pamamahala at Daang Matuwid,” he said. (Madel Sabater-Namit)

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