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Toots Ople to OFWs: Don’t see yourself as kawawa

Susan “Toots” Ople has accepted the offer of president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.  to head the newly established Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

According to Ople, the welfare of Filipinos working abroad is Marcos' main directive to him as head of the DMW.

"We cannot go into details but I think what’s important is the overall tone of the conversation which is that we should make sure that workers' protection is paramount and we also need to balance that because we’re a player in the global economy," Ople explained.

"We need to be conscious of the demands of the supply chain while making sure that labor rights are not compromised,” Ople added.

Ople promised that they will review the hiring system of OFWs because there are “good” employees who can be easily recruited by “bad” employers.

Ople is the daughter of late former Senate President, former Labor, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople.

She founded and headed the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute (Ople Center), a non-profit organization that focuses on upholding migrant workers’ rights and welfare.


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