Susan Ople: Ang TULAY ng mga OFWs
October 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
As a former OFW myself, I can’t help but notice the sterling work Ms. Susan Ople does to my fellow OFWs. A former Labor undersecretary, Susan (or “Toots” to many of her friends) is really dead serious on her advocacy. She always make sure that she’s there wherever there’s action.
She was there when more than 100 truck drivers got stranded in the Middle East after being victimized by their recruiter.
Ople was there when a big-time Singaporean human smuggler abused a Filipina.
And Ople was also there to lend a helping hand to OFWs who were victimized by human smuggling and drug syndicates. When a Pinoy landed in jail for trumped up drug smuggling charges in China, Susan Ople made sure that all legal help was extended to our kababayans.
Recently, she went to Hongkong for her TULAY project. Tulay, essentially, is a project conceptualized by Susan for the Blas F. Ople Labor Policy Center. What it does is it helps OFWs learn about the fundamentals of IT or computer technology. OFWs are given seminars on how to maximize the power of the internet and other applications. Thousands have already benefitted from the TULAY project of Susan Ople.
By the way, Ople partners with Microsoft for the free personal computers she gives to OFWs abroad. Great work, Toots! Hope that your tribe increase especially in the Senate.