British envoy hails Pinoy medical frontliners in UK

BRITISH Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce has lauded Filipino health and medical professionals working in the United Kingdom for their “great work" in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a virtual meeting with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, August 17, Pruce said Filipino healthcare workers have contributed significantly to his country’s handling of the pandemic, which to date has infected more than 321,000 people.

Pruce also cited British journalist Piers Morgan’s praise of Filipino healthcare workers in the UK for saving people’s lives, describing Filipino nurses as “unsung heroes.”

Cayetano, for his part, expressed gratitude to Pruce for commending Filipino medical workers for their contribution in the UK's National Health Service (NHS).

He also offered greater cooperation between the two countries during and after the pandemic, saying Filipino and British parliamentarians can hold online meetings in lieu of parliamentary visits which are currently not possible due to the health crisis.

The House Speaker said other points of discussion in the virtual parliamentary exchange are security cooperation concerning child pornography and the fight against terrorism.

Pruce responded by saying the British government is working closely with the Philippine National Police on the issue of online sexual exploitation of children, adding that diplomats can pave the way for cooperation with their foreign counterparts.

Cayetano and Pruce also discussed education, particularly the building of schools in the Philippines with the help of UK educators as well as the British government’s support for primary education in the country.

Pruce also said his priority is bringing Filipino students to study in the UK. He offered to connect Pruce to key government officials who can help build partnerships that have multiplier effects and can increase the Philippines’ ties with the UK.