Susan “Toots” Ople

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm. This blogger/writer/broadcaster heads a non-profit organization known as the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute which specializes in labor and migration concerns. Susan was a former labor undersecretary and presidential speechwriter as well as chief of staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her consistent fight against human trafficking has earned her a number of awards including the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Achievement Award in 2010 and the IABC CEO EXCEL Award in 2012. On a more personal note, Toots is the proud mother of Estelle Ople Osorio, owner of Biz Whiz Training and Consultancy.