Senatorial bet to lobby for labor, other bills reform
Senatorial candidate and UST alumna Susan Ople says that she will fight for OFWs, labor and women's issues.
OFW advocate and lone Nacionalista Party senatorial candidate Susan Ople demanded for bill amendments, especially in protection of female workers abroad who experience abuse and exploitation.
In a private interview with blog-advocacy group Blog Watch and the University’s voter education program Aktiboto, Ople said that among the bills she is aiming to champion are the anti-age discrimination, amendment of the labor code and the anti-sexual harassment act.
“I am the only senatorial candidate to trace the human trafficking syndicate. I’ve been to bars […] to Bocaue to Sandakan in Sabah just to understand how slavery takes place,” Ople said, sharing an anecdote about an ambassador who sexually harassed his maid outside the embassy to escape Philippine jurisdiction.
“It’s really in the empowerment of women, economically, rights-based, recruitment for jobs and also political empowerment. Women have multiple burdens from being a wife to mother to having a career. We have to help each other more.”
Ople also promised to create a proper victim’s assistance program, separate departments for migration and development, and information and communication technology.
The former Undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment and founder of the OFW-aid organization Blas Ople Policy Center ran for senate in 2010 but did not win.
“I want to shepherd the process of the overseas employment and come up with corrective and participatory measures, not just reactionary. Give me six years. I know how to do this, I know where the gaps are.”
Ople, who graduated AB Communication in 1984 at the University, also encouraged Thomasians to actively take part in the elections.
“I think the Thomasians are very active na [and] social media is there to harness the power of the youth vote, as long as there are platforms available to engage the Thomasians,” Ople said.
“The faculty should also engage the students because this [election] is history in the making,” she added.