July 18, 2017 – Maraming servant leaders, migrant advocates at mga OFWs ang nalulungkot sa biglaang pagpanaw ni POEA Dir. Robert “Atty Obet” Larga.
Maaring hindi napansin ng mga taga-subaybay sa mga kasong natugonan natin, ang kanyang pangalan.
Bilang pagbibigay-pugay sa isang tunay na lingkod-kapwa at bayani ng OFW; nasa baba ang iilan sa mga kaso ng OFW na nairesolba na katuwang natin si Atty Obet. Nasa baba din ang mga mensahe ng mga servant leaders, migrant advocates at OFWs na nakikiramay at nalulungkot sa kanyang biglaang paglisan.
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On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 10:41 AM Imelda M. Panolong wrote:
Salaam, Abu Bakr.
Salamat sa sincere na tribute para sa kaibigan natin.
Nalungkot ako nung malaman kong pumanaw si Dir Obet noong Tuesday. Sa FB nabalitaan ni ALA Rose at tinext naman sa akin agad.
Nakakatuwa kung papaano kami nagkakilala ni Dir Obet. Nagsimula sa kaso ni XX kung hindi ako nagkakamali. At nasundan si XX ng marami pang kasong pinagtulungan namin ni Dir Obet na naayos lahat. Sa madaling salita, sa email lang kami nagkakilala, nagin kasama sa trabaho, at naging kaibigan.
Nang umuwi ako sa Manila noong Enero para sa isang conference, lumapit sa akin si Dir Obet at pinakilala nya ang sarili nya. Para kaming matagal nang magkakilala, at nag usap kami kasama ng mga kaibigan ko din sa OWWA at POEA na dumalo din sa conference na yun.
Nawalan tayo ng isang kasangga, isang tunay na tumutulong, isang kaibigan.
I offered a sincere do’a for him when I prayed asr that day. I hope it reached him insha Allah.
Imelda M. Panolong
Philippine Consulate General
On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 8:52 AM Joseph Henry Espiritu wrote:
dear atty rose.
Salam po. Nabigla po ako nang ibinalita ni ka ivan sa akin. Kaya nagmessage ako atty kaagad.
Nakakalungkot po atty rose na nabawasan tayo. We had the most success stories dahil pinagsamahan ng patnubay at ang best poea team ever na binuo ninyo ni admin hans, dir obet at atty anna. Nang nireshuffle ni bello nanibago po kami pero naintindihan at alam po namin na andyan kayo lagi.
I pray po na babalik yong team dati. Umaasa po ako kaso kahapon dumating po ang masakit na balita.
Hindi po masasayang ang iniwan ni dir obet na magandang halimbawa sa paglilingkod bayan. Ituturo po natin sa kapwa para mahahalintularan at sasanay.
Andito pa naman po tayo, marami pa po tayo at dadami pa tayo maam.
Maraming salamat atty rose sa lahat ng naitulong nyo sa aming mga ofws. May Allah bless you and your family always.
On Jul 19, 2017 5:08 AM, “rosemarie gondranios” wrote:
Dear Ka Joseph,
Sad to inform you po na iniwan na po tayo ng ating kaibigan at kabalikat na si Dir Obet.
ATTY. ROSEMARIE G. DUQUEZ
” Ad Astra Aspira “
A sad day for servant leaders. Nabawasan ang mundo ng isang tunay na lingod-kapwa. Paalam POEA director obet, robert larga. Sa daming success stories / cases nating pinagsamahan, hindi ko man lang po kayo naimeet ng personal para pasalamatan sa lahat ng naitulong mo sa aming mga ofws. Sisikapin po namin sir na ang mabuting halimbawa ng paglilingkod mo sa kapwa ay maipapasa at mahahalintularan ng marami. Kasama po kayo lagi sa aking mga dasal at ang iyong mga naiwang mahal sa buhay. Maraming salamat aming kasama, aming kapatid, ka-HAGIT aning ka-patnubay. Magkakatagpo din tayo sa kabilang buhay. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.
Melquiades Bautista condolence poh sa family nya.
Valerie Liling Tumbaga Condolence
Hasaica Alleah Menang Mamucao Condolence s knyang pamilya!
Adhie Cruz Ü Condolences po sa mga naulila ni sir Larga.
Jessie Aquino Rest in peace, Our condolences
أنا لله و أنا أليه راجعون
Our prayers for his eternal peace.🙏
Nhie Mhia RIP po Dir.
@ condolence s family
Patnubay Online Malaking kawalan sa atin si Dir. Robert Larga.
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Rexzie Coloma Micua Condolence
Sherwin Galagar Caudor R.I.P.
Aris Esparagoza condolence po
Nick Viloria Condolence
A sad day for servant leaders. Nabawasan ang mundo ng isang tunay na lingod-kapwa. Paalam POEA director obet larga. Sa daming success stories / cases nating pinagsamahan, hindi ko man lang po kayo naimeet ng personal para pasalamatan sa lahat ng naitulong mo sa aming mga ofws. Sisikapin po namin sir na ang mabuting halimbawa ng paglilingkod mo sa kapwa ay maipasa at mahalintularan ng marami. Kasama po kayo lagi sa aking mga dasal at ang iyong mga naiwang mahal sa buhay. Maraming salamat aming kasama, aming kapatid, ka-HAGIT aming ka-patnubay. Magkakatagpo din tayo sa kabilang buhay. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun.
Muffy RD May Allah bless his soul.
Susan Ople Quiet hero siya, Tas. Tulong lang ng tulong. Am so sad.
Mich Maxx Santiago Kakalungkot naman ka Joseph…Dami niyang natulungan na mga distressed OFWs. What happened? May he rest in peace!
Icf Joel Vibora condolence
Charito Basa NO! Anong nangyari, Joseph? I am shocked! We have had successful collaboration works from his ILO stint…and right, a great supporter of OFWs.
Abu Bakr Espiritu Salam ka maxxy and ate chato.. Di ko pa alam ang details pero naconfirm ng iba nating mga kasama sa advocacy sa manila.
Charito Basa Nag PM ako sa Manila at sinabi sa akin ng pamangkin ko sa POEA na kasama ni Robert na sobrang taas daw ng sugar sa blood from Friday and left the seminar in Tagaytay. He died early this afternoon, may renal problem din, nag bloat na yata. Really, really sad news. Bakit yung mababait at magagaling ang nawawala? I am in grief.
Abu Bakr Espiritu Salam ate toots. Nanlulumo ako. Di ako makapaniwala.
Bolivar Mahathir Simon Condolence… Matulongin tlaga yan si Obet Larga at action man.
Emmelito Vasquez Condolence to the family
Fernando Abeto What a sad day really for advocates like us…may he rest in peace.
Jun S. Aguilar He is indeed a big loss to OFWs and migrant advocates. RIP Atty. Obet…
Eddie Relox Condolence po sa buong pamilya. May His soul rest in peace po.
Jocelyn Fama Quintanilla Condolence po sa family nya. Very sad news naman tito Joseph.
Cesario Ramirez Andal condolence po sa family
Arceli Lazaro condolence
Reynaldo Orbon Our sincere condolences….
Reynaldo Orbon And may his soul Rest in Peace!!!!
Florita Patente Sayang …tua na d i cya heaven.
Rodel Yap May his soul RIP. Our condolences to d family left behind.
Ronald Delacruz Daming case na na SOLVED ni SIR …..salamat po sa mga DAGLIANG pagtugon sa mga TAWAG ng RESCUE at emergency call napakabilis umaksyon…..SIR sana GABAYAN mo pa kaming mga OFWs na ANAK mo pagdating mo sa ITAAS wag mo kami kalilimutan….RIP po….
Debbie Jane Pangan Condolences.. to the bereaved family …
Romy Tangbawan May his soul rest in peace.
Benny Egay Queman condolence sa family .Maraming salamat kayo ang tunay na aming KAAGAPAY ng OFW.
Venecio Vano Legaspi Our condolences to the bereaved family..RIP atty Obet..
Maria Luz Equiza Liberato Count our prayers too.RIP
Henry Kalamag Condolence..
Rhonzky Da Buzzy Condolence po
Susan Ople feeling sad.
7:24pm · Pasig, Philippines ·
I will always remember him with respect and affection. He was brilliant in a humble and generous way. We worked together on several cases. He was so devoted to his job. POEA Director Atty. Robert “Obet” Larga, an honest man & selfless OFW advocate, gone too soon. RIP, my friend. God bless you.
Rey Con This is sad. May God give him eternal peace and comfort to the bereaved family.
Teresita Villarama our deepest condolences.. why.. what did he die of..
Susan Ople Complications due to diabetes daw 🙁
Teresita Villarama ang bata bata.. sayang..
Merriam C. Cuasay Ha? What happened?
Merriam C. Cuasay Rest in peace, Obet.
Luther Z. Calderon May he Rest In Peace …
Noel Litan Oh Man! So sad. May his soul rest in peace.
Palmenco Maria Emelinda Rest in peace sa pamilya ofw from jeddah
Palmenco Maria Emelinda Thank you ms Susan ople
Sylvia F. Pangalangan Sad. Condolences to his OFW family and his family.
Carmelita Gopez Nuqui May you Rest in Peace, Atty. Obet!
Dok Chie Umandap Rest in Peace Atty.Obet.
Eric Garafil RIP classmate!
Akosi Bong Condolences po kanyang pamilya. I remember nag conduct sya ng seminar dito two years ago about illegal recruitment
Manuel Imson What a big loss. Our condolences to Obet’s family. Let’s all pray for Obet.
Carl Velasquez OMG. May u RIP Obet. My condolences to his family.
Cynthia Arturo Bernardo Jr. Condolence; prayers for the reposed of his soul to eternal peace.
Melo Acuna Condolence. How young?
Chito Gascon Rest in Peace!
Tess Dizon de Vega Oh how sad
Hendrik Garcia Such sad news, will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace
Lyndon Plantilla Si Director Larga masipag na kawain ng gobyerno…kasama namin sa anti-trafficking campaign…
Bea Tamura Pascua Condolence
Toby Nebrida Oh my!!
Tetchi Capellan Rest in peace..
Josephus Birondo Jimenez VITA MUTATOR NON TOLLITOR,,, Requescat en Pace, May The Lod Embrace All DOLE Officials Who Have Gone Ahead in The Bossom of our Beloved Mentor, KA BLAS FAJARDO OPLE…Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez – Atty JBJ or JJ
Der Adellom Huh? He was my classmate in MLQU. 🙁
Ivan Lilles wrote:
Rest In Peace to a good man, POEA Director, Atty. Robert L. Larga. Saan ka man naroroon ngayon sigurado po ako walang illegal recruiters dyan.
Erna Lyn Nieves Bedolido Rest in peace po!
Ivan Lilles Complicated diabetes
Ces Francisco – Claveria Rest In Peace DA Larga..
Edwina Lema Beech Am sad & shocked!!! May he rest in peace!!
Jennifer Badilla RIP
Edith R. Fider Rest in Peace!
Tin Lilles spirits always lives!!!
Tony L. Santos May his soul Rest in Peace in the Loving Arms of his Creator!
Jhazh Rivera Dela Cruz Condolence po…
Jamal Kanan Rest In Peace.
Noel Litan Sad that a good man left this world so early. RIP Director Obet.
Joven Malabana Lilles Rest in Peace my kababayan Atty. Obet…
Tedeca Sonora Too early to go. Rest peace DA Larga
San Sue Yap He was such a good man, Too early to go…RIP Sir
Redentor Mesiona Bual Rest in peace Director Larga
Elsa U. Villa We will miss your quiet, humble and eveready help to those who approach you. POEA & the industry lost a very dedicated public servant. Our loss is heaven’s gain! Rest in peace in the loving embrace of our Creator Dir. Robert L. Larga!
Cammi Uy RIP *Condolence *
Anicia Regis Condolence Dir Robert Larga
Cristy Lyn Pande Masonsong Condolence po..
Albert Lalic RIP po🙏💒🌹😪
Ulanbai Silongan Lizardo Condolence Dir Larga
Teodora A. Inabayan Jr. We will miss you, Director Larga
Juri Koga Rest In Peace Director Larga.
Floriflor Gonzaga Condolence
Milagros Uanang Abu Hussein May you rest in peace sir…
Venecio Vano Legaspi RIP Atty Obet
Josie Martinez-dela Cruz May his soul rest in peace
Gee Villa Melgarejo Na surprise po aq sa maagang pagpanaw ni Dir Larga. Naka2lungkot kc cya ung usual na pinupuntahan nmin ng mga clients/ OFW’s na tinutulungan namin sa Blas Ople Center. He deserved to be commended as a truly public servant with a commitment to help esp those OFW’s in crisis situation. Condolence po sa family nya…
CONDOLENCES FROM BP TAEKACJU GROUP OF MARTIAL ARTS RIYADH/ FILCOM
Faisal C Mercurio Condolence po sa family… R.I.P. SIR ROBERT…. FROM BLACK PYTHON…THE MARTIAL ARTS GROUP
Ernesto Panganiban RIP .. condolence to the bereaved Family ..
Omega Lee Condolence to the family !
Lou Almonte Ferraris Condolence to the family! Rest in Peace Sir.
Hermie de Leon Condolence po sa family…
Ma Grace Totanes condolence
Cedrick Aaron De Vera Condolence
Amie Igao Condolence to the family.
Danah Coprada Condolence po sa Family.
Gemma Garcia condolence po
George Mia RIP po at condolence s family
Virgie Anota Fumar RIP po condolence to the.family
Edith Rasco Our condolences
Sicnarf Tiwalub Condolence to the bereaved family…
Caisip Dimailig Maribel Condolence po
Josephine Ilaya Condolences s family
Asiong Kingpin Salongga Condolences po
SherwinKelly Recto Abrantes Paalam po sir robert larg
Mmel Mamaril Condolence po
Alonsky Gravador Condolence po sa family nya
Maya Bans Cortina So sad. He was a good man. Condolence.
Abu Bakr Espiritu shared Patnubay Online‘s post.
for sharing..a salute to a servant leader and hero.
· A public servant, an OFW Servant advocate. Even one of the most critical Saudi based OFW Servant leader- @Joseph Espiritu pay respect and honor to Ka Obet. He is ever helpful, he listens, his office is always open to concerns of distressed OFWs. He always, say “Okey Sir”, when u asked for help on behalf of OFWs and their families.
Our last concern/project-that we want to solve together was about Nurses and professional with “fraudulent, fake employment certificates and credentials unknowing to the OFWs were submitted to Saudi by their agencies. We both wanted a POEA MC reiterating administrative and criminal liabilities to offenders. Unfinished, he was transferred to another office. Paalam Ka Obet. I know your heart was heavy and pained.
There are some things that need to be written and shared. Ka Obet, this is for you.
LAST Saturday, the soil parted to welcome the casket that bore the body of a man named Robert Larga. He was “Obet” to family, friends and associates. A young lawyer of 48, Larga served as one of the directors of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). He was also an expert on forced labor trafficking, having single-handedly written a manual on the subject matter for the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).He worked for the Department of Justice, and also served at the International Labor Organization.
Wherever Obet placed himself, there is value-added because he was a man in constant search for answers and solutions. Greed was an alien word, and corruption was as attractive to him as the bubonic plague. I miss having him around. When he headed the licensing division of the POEA and was in charge of the anti-illegal recruitment campaign,Larga kept his smile, his baritone coolness, while strictly enforcing rules and regulations.
I write this tribute for his family – for his wife and two daughters — that they may know how much Obet was appreciated as an honest, hard-working public servant. I remember how for the first time ever,Larga held a Skype conference to talk to a group of stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia, while his staff took down notes. When we had an urgent case at the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, I would pull him in, include him in online chat groups, just so we could have a definite opinion on what the POEA can do to help the distressed overseas workers.
He always said yes. Every single chance he got to talk about the dangers of human trafficking, he’d say, “Yes, of course.” The non-government organizations that are active in the labor migration front saw him as a friend and ally. He had no airs. You’d never hear him speak ill of anyone. I miss hearing him laugh. Because when he laughed, it was spontaneous, generous, and infectious. It was the laugh of a person that you instantly liked, just because.
He never intended to hurt anyone. Yet, it was an open secret among his colleagues that he himself was hurting. In a reshuffle of officers, Director Larga was moved to a unit that handled government-to-government placement of workers. His director-rank had been maintained. Nevertheless, a few insiders at the POEA knew why he had to be removed from the licensing division. Perhaps, the qualities that endeared him to us, failed to impress others. Sometimes, you don’t like a person not because of what he or she did, but what that person refused to do. Before he died, he expressed concern over the operational aspects of the proposed OFW ID card to people close to him.
He loved his work. Director Larga cared so much for the POEA that it bothered him that the agency was in such a state of flux. It has been more than a year and the POEA still has no permanent administrator. Surprisingly, some people seem to prefer it that way.
There is talk about corruption within the POEA, and rumors about the fixing of cases and bribery persist to this day. Yet, within that vital institution are people like Director Larga who would never tolerate mercenary pursuits disguised as public service. Not over their dead bodies. Not while they are alive, and still under the employ of the Filipino people. I hope that these good people find their voice, and soon, because they do represent the silent, under-appreciated majority.
Director Robert Larga died of natural causes complicated by a heavy heart. He had a kidney ailment that somehow led to complications because of diabetes. I viewed his remains last Friday. Employees from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, or Tesda, sat beside me. They were in talks with the POEA, specifically withLarga, about developing language courses for OFWs. Unfinished business, I know.
Why do I write this about a man now dead and buried? Because this needs to be said: in government, there are men and women of probity and intelligence that deserve to be honored and empowered while still alive, while able to do good. I pity my colleagues who remain in government that have to parry criticisms, play politics to survive, and make an honest effort to comply with every single requirement that good governance demands. They are public service personified, yet seldom credited for the good things they do.
I want the world to know that there was a good man named Robert Larga. He never failed public expectations. He simply showed up, and did his job. I want the world to know that though his career ladder now stretches upward to divinity, his soul was never ravaged by the shallower pursuits of power. That on earth, this is possible. That he was both intellectually and financially honest. And yes, that he represented the kind of public servant that ordinary people miss the most.
Farewell, Director Robert Larga. Thank you for serving us well. Rest easy now and let the rest of us continue on with all the work you’ve left behind. God bless you.
Luther Z. Calderon Ka Toots, we owe it to him… he personified the kind of public servant that our government institutions should be having..selfless and dedicated in spite of doing a thankless job. May he Rest In Peace .
Susan Ople says, “he represented the kind of public servant that ordinary people miss the most”
Thank you, Susan Ople, for this tribute to a man who we all love and admire.
I had the pleasure of working with Obet during his various stints with DoJ, IACAT, ILO, and POEA. I was blessed to witness and learn from his brilliance and integrity.
Rest in peace, kapatid.
Classmate & friend, our elementary memories will remain forever. May you rest in peace.
Mario Gener M. Marte RIP Atty. Robert Larga. My condolences to the family
Frankie Orlina San nakaburol?
Melina Miciano Jamilla Nalibing n this morning sa Sta.Rosa Centennial Garden.
Ronnie Leaño Oliverio My condolences to the family of Atty. Obet Larga.
Dicko Labaguis RIP po Atty Robert Larga
Raymond Silverio S. Barba What happened? Nakausap ko pa sya sa Ust few weeks ago? RIP bro
Shayra Jinang Sotta Condolence po….
Jose Arnel Condolence to Larga family and RIP Atty Robert
Artemus Tan Condolence. Prayers for the family.
Rosana Ocampo Our deepest condolences! May he Rest In Peace!
Zoche Pediongco D ka po namin malilimitan Atty. Larga ..sobrang bait mo po.condolence po sa family nya..
Benjamin Larga shared a link
Nash Luna-Logatoc Siya po baga yung nakatira sa sampaloc?
Allan Nepomuceno A true public servant..our deep sympathy to the bereaved family of Atty. Obet.
Lulu Larga Manong Benjamin cno po yang Obet na yan ….kapangalan ni Obet ni kuya Gario at te Mercy….muxta po at goodmorning po….
Benjamin Larga Anak ni Berto yan dito sa boac, director yan ng poea
Manilyn Larga Sotero Un po b ank n lolo robert n my gilingan s boac..kc s knya aq nktra nung ng aaral aq collage s esti.
Paalam insan di man tayo nagsama ng matagal ikinararangal ka anmin.May You Rest In Peace!
Nestor Manahan condolence sir..
Artemio Bautista Melchor CONDOLENCE PRE.
Dek Arriola Borreta condolences brad…
Reynaldo Villasenor Condolence
Jerald Miso Condolence bayaw
Maria Christina Obispo Condolence
Annabelle Gagarin Lakip Condolence
Johannes Recio Paalam Kuya Obet.
Florsefina Polly Miso Walde Condolence po
Cel Vergara Galang Condonlenc Eric
Joey Acosta Condolence
Wilson Piramide Condolence