By Helen Castaño | 10:35 AM August 24, 2023
Rep. Alexie Besas-Tutor of Bohol’s 3rd ditrict said that Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople has left a lifelong legacy devoted to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
In a statement on Tuesday, Tutor condoled with the family, friends, and colleagues of Ople who died last Tuesday at 61.
“Secretary Ople leaves behind a lasting lifelong legacy of public service and of advocacy devoted largely to overseas workers, their families, and the issues that matter most to their lives,” said Tutor,
chairperson, House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation and member, Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs.
She said in Bohol, home province of thousands of migrant workers, especially seafarers, she appreciated the work of Ople and her father the late great former Senator and former DOLE Secretary Blas Ople, and the efforts of the Department of Migrant Workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
“As Chairperson of the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation, we appreciate Secretary Ople for advancing the interests and welfare of hundreds of thousands of nurses, doctors, engineers, teachers, and other Filipino professionals working in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia,” said Tutor.
She added,” Secretary Ople’s work was crucial to ensuring that Filipino professionals, technicians, and household workers were accorded their rights and their credentials were recognized by employers and authorities overseas.”