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Featured Servant Leader: Susan “Toots” Ople

The Patnubay Advocacy Group would like to thank  Miss Susan “Toots” Ople  for providing invaluable help and assistance to OFWs and their families in the Philippines.

Who is Susan Susan “Toots” Ople ?
Source : en.wikipilipinas.org

Susan “Toots” Ople (born 9 February 1962) is a former Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) undersecretary and an advocate of Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) rights.

Toots is the youngest of the seven children of former Labor Secretary and Senate President Blas Ople and Susana Vasquez.

She finished elementary education at the St. Theresa’s College Quezon City in 1974 and finished secondary education at the Sandersky High School in Michigan, USA in 1980. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with the course of AB Communication in 1984. She took up her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1999 and received the Josephine Vernon Award for Excellence in Communication.

Toots has a 22-year-old daughter named Estelle, a political science graduate from De La Salle University.

Positions held

  • Chief of Staff, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Chief of Staff, office of Senator Blas Ople
  • trained women union members on gender issues, International Labor Organization Manila
  • Column writer, Manila Times
  • Chief of Staff, office of Senator Mar Roxas
  • Undersecretary, DOLE
  • Undersecretary, Office of Communications Director (defunct)
  • Undersecretary, Office of Executive Secretary
  • Chief of Staff, office of Senator Ernesto Herrera
  • Staff, Office of Communications Director

Current positions

  • Sunday column writer, Panorama Magazine
  • Column writer, Tempo
  • Head, Blas F. Ople Policy Center
  • Co-founder, Citizens’ Drug Watch Foundation (with Senator Ernesto Herrera)
  • Radio host, “Global Pinoy”, DWIZ 882 kHz
  • Consultant, International Labor Organization Manila Office

The youngest daughter of Senator Blas Ople, Susan Ople supports the Overseas Filipino Workers through the Blas F. Ople Center. She assists thousands of people through the Tulay Program, a computer literacy program for OFWs organized by DOLE and funded by Microsoft.

As the former undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, Toots also supports the rights of laborers and if elected in the Senate, she will author a six-year national jobs plan. The job plan will help identify plausible job opportunities and skills likely to be marketable in the future. She is also for the elimination of contractualization of workers, so that workers are given proper benefits and job security for their labors. She believes that contractualization is an impediment for the worker’s economic progress.

Toots aims to stop human trafficking and the abuses of illegal recruiters. Another part of her reforms is creating an OFW Reintegration Council for returning OFWs and improving the justice labor system in the country.