I am so proud of my dearest friend, Susan Toots Ople, for receiving this distinguished award from the United States State department for protecting the rights of distressed Ofws. One of the things which distinguished Ople from others fighting human trafficking is her skills up program.
The Blas F. Ople Center does not just save distressed Ofws from their inhumane condition, when they arrive here, the Center encourages them to take or finish their own courses so that they can recover from their horrid experiences. I bear witness to this. Since 2011, more than seventy ofws were able to study and work again in numerous industries.
I think it is just fitting to also honor Senator-elect Cynthia Villar. The Villar Foundation has been helping Ka Toots Ople in her advocacies. Senator-elect Villar has a genuine heart for her fellow Filipinos. She rarely speaks but is a woman of action. Mabuhay ka Senator Villar!
May the good Lord always bless ka toots ople!