CITY OF MALOLOS – Senator Cynthia A. Villar will join thousands of Bulakenyos as the guest of honor in the celebration of the 91st Birth Anniversary of the great son of Bulacan, Blas F. Ople on February 3, 2018, 7 am, in front of the Provincial Capitol Building in this city.
With the theme “Gat Blas F. Ople: Dakilang Lingkod Bayan, Inspirasyon ng Mamamayan”, the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando has prepared a commemoration program through the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office.
Alvarado encourages all the Bulakenyos to participate in the said event specially that the said date was declared Special (Non-Working) Day by the virtue of Proclamation No. 399.
Among the guests who are expected to grace the event are Ople’s children headed by Board Member Felix V. Ople of the First District of Bulacan, other members of the family, PGB consultants, heads and employees, local officials, teachers, senior citizens and students.
The governor said, “In an interview with Ople in 2002, he said that the programs he successfully accomplished have linked the country to the economic dynamism of the world particularly in East Asia.”
Also, he authored the Labor Code of the Philippines and launched an Overseas Employment Program wherein seven million Filipinos got employed overseas thus made him recognized as the “Father of Overseas Employment”.
Ka Blas was a Filipino journalist and politician who held several high-ranking positions in the executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government including as Senate President from 1999 to 2000, and as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until his death.
He also fathered the National Labor Relations Commissions and National Manpower and Youth Council.
He was born on February 3, 1927 in Hagonoy, Bulacan to Felix Antonio Ople, a craftsman who repairs boats, and Segundina Fajardo.