In recent news, it was reported that Susan Toots, Opple, the first secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers died on Tuesday at the age of 61. Follow us around for all the insights and fresh updates. The cause of her death is known to be breast cancer. The tragic news broke out on August 22, 2023. In an official statement, the Department of Migrant Workers confirmed the passing away of Opple. According to DMW, Opple died peacefully at around 1 p.m. and was surrounded by her family and loved ones. However, the cause of death is not clear at the moment, but the DMW said it would release more details shortly. Moreover, the DMW asked for prayers for the eternal rest of their secretary.
Ople Cause Of Death
There were many messages of sympathy and prayers were flooded with the DMW Facebook account which was followed by the announcement of her demise. The daughter of former labor secretary, Blas Ople was appointed by President Marcos Jr. to serve as the country’s first secretary of the DMW which was completely constituted in January 2023. Later in July 2022, Ople took over the administrative control and supervision of transferred offices from different agencies as it was provided under the DMW Act. The new department was created with the aim of improving coordination among agencies concerned with overseas Filipino workers and OFW affairs.
Knowingly, Ople pushed and implemented reforms in the recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers abroad. Moreover, she led the rescue operations of OFWs from war-torn Sudan. Prior to her appointment to the Marcos Cabinet, Ople had been an advocate for the rights of OFWs. Reportedly, the previous month, Ople took a two-week wellness break following the consecutive demise of her two elder brothers. Following the demise news, President Marco described Opple’s demise as a great loss and therein praised her for being a great companion for the labor movement in the Philippines.
He added and said that it is very sad news to lose a friend like Opple. He said that the Philippines had lost a friend and she was a special person with deep compassion for the people. He continued and said that she was a person who followed the traditions of Ka Blas Ople of excellence, and compassion. It is said that her demise is a great loss for many people. He continued that for the services, she could still have got which referred to Ople’s father who served as labor secretary during the time of his late father and his goodwill.
The entire community of the Philippines also mourns a great champion for the labor movement within the region. However, she had dedicated her life and she was active in order to work for the welfare of laborers in general and migrant workers. It can be said that she was a thread of hope and a source of strength for migrant workers who were caught in distressing situations while working abroad. Many of his close friends grieved over the deceased soul and prayed that she could find comfort somewhere.
Meanwhile, the Labor Secretary, Bienvenido Laguesma expressed sadness over the passing of Ople, whom she considered as a younger sister. Laguesma said that he last saw Ople on July 24 at the National Address of President Marcos Jr. and he felt that the group was not feeling well. She added that Ople was told that prayers would be poured for her good health. As many condolences were poured in, the lawmakers also expressed their condolences on Ople’s demise by saying that there was a big loss to the thousands of OFWs.
Similarly, her demise is not only a loss to the family but also to thousands of overseas Filipino workers whose welfare she had been championing even before she was appointed by President Marcos last year. Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III and his wife also extended their condolences to the family and friends. The untimely and sudden demise of Ople has truly impacted many around her. Senate added that she was dedicated and wholeheartedly to the welfare and well-being of overseas Filipino workers. However, her work extended far beyond the call of duty as she selflessly served the needy and advocated labor practices to many for betterment.
In Congress, the speaker Martin Romualdez said that the migrant workers have just lost a great and tireless champion in Secretary Ople.
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