Heritage Memorial Park, Taguig City
August 23, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. joined the nation in mourning the passing of Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan ‘Toots’ Ople as he paid his respects to the late Secretary whose wake lies at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City from 23-29 August 2023.

The President expressed that he lost a dear and much valued friend. The late Secretary championed the labor movement in the Philippines, having dedicated her life to the welfare of laborers, particularly the migrant workers. She founded the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute (Ople Center) named after her father, the late Senator and former Labor Secretary Blas Ople, that envisions overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families to have better quality of life and more opportunities.

On the passing of DMW Secretary Ople, her bereaved family respectfully requests supporters to simply donate to the Ople Center instead of giving flowers. Through this, the legacy of the late Secretary shall be continued in fighting for and promoting the rights and welfare of OFWs in various parts of the world.