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Susan V. Ople

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Respecting OFWs

Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner Arturo Lachica chose his words carefully, refusing even to publicly disclose his agency’s annual deficit in revenue collections during a meeting on balikbayan boxes. He was trying to avoid any misinterpretation, he said.

September 22, 2015

Need for OFW-friendly policies

Compassion, like hope, cannot be manufactured. A person either has compassion or none at all. The lack of it is defined by compassion’s antonym: Indifference. A stronger antonym would be merciless.

September 01, 2015

Earning OFWs’ ire

It was fury, plain and simple, spinning madly like a tornado, emanating from the global ranks of overseas Filipino workers. I have never seen the likes of it except for the time when Filipino domestic worker Flor Contempacion was about to be executed in Singapore.

August 26, 2015

Philippine polls: Battle of publicity blitzkrieg ahead

This week marks the battle of the TV and radio ads for prospective 2016 presidential and senatorial candidates.

August 11, 2015

Is the number of overseas Filipinos going down?

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in his fifth and final State of the Nation Address enumerated the accomplishments of his administration. The speech ran over two hours and was said mainly in the vernacular, which many Filipinos appreciated.

August 04, 2015

What awaits the next Philippine president?

One of my favorite people in the world sat across me, sipping coffee in a café that he owns, on the top floor of a mall that he started.

July 28, 2015

Why OFWs must rally behind POEA chief

There are cracks in the Philippine recruitment industry owing to the desire of some disgruntled agency owners to oust the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

July 15, 2015

Interesting times ahead

Things are heating up on the political front in the Philippines as political parties start preparing for the filing of candidacies in October of this year.

July 07, 2015

Harnessing the OFW vote in 2016

The Commission on Elections declared rather triumphantly that the number of overseas Filipinos who have registered as voters as of this month has reached 1.4 million.

June 24, 2015

A cry for mercy

The lack of health care programs for Filipino migrant workers is a perennial source of frustration among members of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).

June 10, 2015