OFW Advocate Susan Ople Is NP Candidate For Senator
Susan Ople, a migrant worker advocate and former Undersecretary of Labor and Employment (DOLE), has filed her certificate of candidacy (CoC) as a Senator under the Nacionalista Party (NP). The OFW advocate Susan Ople is NP candidate senator.
Susan Ople To Run For Senate And Advocate For Overseas Filipino Workers
Ople, the youngest daughter of former Senator Blas Ople, will run for the Senate for the second time. In 2010, she ran for the Nacionalistas but lost.
She was accompanied by family members and members of various migrant worker organizations, emphasizing her work as an advocate for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Ople, who also founded the Blas F. Ople Policy Center to help OFWs, hopes that the first OFW-led national campaign will be successful. Ople told InterAksyon:
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We aim to show the power of the OFW vote in 2016. Though they stay quite far away, our overseas workers are now directly in touch with their families through social media. I am confident that they would harness their convincing power to ensure that the right people make it through a popular vote.
Ople cites her extensive experience working with OFW families, including her time as Chief of Staff to her father when he was Secretary of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and in the Senate, as key qualifications for becoming a Senator herself.
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She intends to enact legislation that will help advance the welfare of OFWs while also highlighting key issues that affect them today.
She cites the collection of airport terminal fees from OFWs despite a law exempting them, outdated laws and unethical practices that lead to the unscrupulous opening of Balikbayan boxes, and the fight against human trafficking and illegal recruitment as migrant workers' concerns that should be reintroduced to the national agenda. She said:
I would also like to craft laws that would create a more inclusive and safer workplace for all, such as a law against age discrimination in the hiring process, and a review of our occupational health and safety code.
- Susan Ople
Ople says her party has yet to decide who to support as President, despite the fact that she will run under the NP banner.