Philippine Ambassador to Canada talks OFW concerns with Canadian officials


The Philippine Ambassador to Canada recently paid a visit to Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Consular Affairs to talk about OFW concerns.

Her Excellency, Petronila Garcia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to Canada, recently paid a visit to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), Omar Alghabra.

Mr. Alghabra is also the Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre, a riding with has a lot of Filipino residents.

With the number of OFWs continuing to grow in Canada, the Philippine Government representatives are hard at work to make sure that the rights of Overseas Filipino Workers are always protected.

The diplomatic team raised concerns made by members of the Filipino community, in particular OFWs under the now-defunct Live-In Caregiver Program, which still has thousands of workers waiting to complete the minimum requirements necessary to apply for Permanent Residency. Mr. Alghabra echoed the statement previously made by the Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen: that Caregivers will always have a pathway to Permanent Residency.

BTW, Ambassador Garcia is the first female Philippine Ambassador to Canada. Keep up the great work, Ambassador Garcia. We are very happy to have you here in Canada.

If you’d like to get in touch with Mr. Alghabra for any diplomatic concerns, here are his contact details:

Omar Alghabra
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs)
Valour Building, Room 720
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

If you are a constituent (that is, you live in his riding), you can contact him here:

Omar Alghabra
Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre
151 City Centre Drive, Suite 400
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1M7

Don’t forget, sending mail to your local MPs are free of charge using Canada Post.

Ambassador Garcia is very nice. If you’d like to contact her, you can do so here:

Her Excellency Petronila Garcia
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
30 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M4

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