In remembrance of the late Maria Susana “Toots” Ople, Secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will preside over the necrological services. Toots Ople passed away earlier this week after a prolonged battle with breast cancer.

This event is scheduled to be held on Monday, August 28, at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang, coinciding with the nation’s observance of National Heroes’ Day. Alongside Ople’s family, the President will solemnly accept the DMW chief’s remains for a private service.

Following the service at the palace, the remains will be transferred to the DMW offices for an additional public viewing.

In a prior interview, Marcos conveyed his sorrow at Ople’s passing, stating, “Secretary Toots held a special place in our hearts. Her profound empathy for the people she dedicated herself to, particularly the migrant workers, leaves a significant void.”

In the interim, DMW Undesecretary Bernard Olalia will assume the role of officer-in-charge until Marcos appoints a successor for Ople. (ai/mnm)