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Ople confirms offer to lead new OFW department

May 18, 2022 - Wednesday 10:05 PM by GDM

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Former Labor Undersecretary Susan Ople has confirmed that she received an offer from the camp of presumptive president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to join his cabinet.

Specifically, Ople, also known as an Overseas Filipino Worker advocate, was offered the secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers.

The DMW is a newly-created executive department formed in February 2022, focused on promoting the rights and welfare of OFWs and their families.

The daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople said she was extremely humbled and gratified by the offer.  

“We met last Friday, and it was a warm, and inspiring meeting,” Ople, also the daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople, said in a statement.

“He (Marcos) spoke about the need to get the new department up and running, and for it to care for our OFWs and also develop programs for their families especially the children of migrant workers,” Ople continued.

Ople is one of the two names of private individuals that the camp is courting to join the cabinet, according to Marcos’ spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez. The other is former Labor chief Bienvenido Laguesma.

Ople said: “Given his kind offer for me to return to public service, I am now in a process of discernment and consultations – because I am aware of the enormity of the task and the challenges involved.”

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