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Government commits to protect OFWs amid PH-Canada trash war: Puprotektahan namin sila!

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By Prince Golez

The trash dispute between the Philippine and Canada will not affect migrant workers in the North American nation, Malacanang said.

“Hindi naman siguro. Wala namang—I don’t think magkakaroon ng problema doon, kasi iyong mga nandoon naman eh legal – at kailangan din ng mga overseas workers natin,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing.

There are over 800,000 Filipinos living and working in Canada based on the 2016 census data.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier ordered the recall of Philippine ambassador and consuls to Canada after the latter failed to meet the May 15 deadline to ship back its garbage that was dumped in Manila.

Panelo also assured overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) in Canada of the government’s protection should the rift between the two countries deepen.

“It goes without saying: We are always protective of the overseas workers,” the chief presidential legal counsel said. “Whatever the consequence, this government will be protective of the interest of our countrymen in any part of the world,” he added.

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