THE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) on Saturday, September 10, 2022, expressed gratitude to the late Queen Elizabeth over the numerous times Her Majesty honored overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).In a statement, CBCP-ECMI Vice Chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said they are thankful for the acts of Queen Elizabeth that helped uplift the OFWs in the United Kingdom (UK), even during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).”Our OFWs, especially our medical service workers, are very stable, well respected and successful in the UK because of HM Queen Elizabeth II. She welcomed and accepted them with care, love, and maternal protection,” said Santos.”Our medical service workers there are recognized with hard works, honesty and dedication, especially during this Covid-19,” he added.Under her reign, Queen Elizabeth had given various honors and awards to OFWs, the most recent of which was Filipino-British nurse May Parsons, who administered the world’s first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.Other Filipino nurses, namely, Charito Romano, Minerva “Minnie” Klepacz, and Joy Ongcachuy, have also received awards from the late queen.The Filipino prelate said they also appreciate that Her Majesty did not prohibit other religions from being practiced in her realm.”She showed her maternal impartiality, affection, and religious fairness when she allowed our migrants to practice our Christian faith according to one’s preference and beliefs,” said Santos.Queen Elizabeth was known to have duly upheld both the Christian religion and the Church of England during her 70-year reign.On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth passed away at the age of 96 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)