THE Israeli Embassy in Manila dedicated an “improv” show that featured the group “Duda” which honored overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Israel, and gave homage to the late Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) chief Susan Ople.
“Secretary Ople’s life was dedicated to advocating for OFWs. In my close collaboration with her, I had the privilege of witnessing her unwavering [sense of duty and compassionate leadership],” Ambassador Ilan Fluss shared. “Her unique blend of pragmatism and empathy made her a formidable advocate for OFWs.”
“Together, we faced numerous challenges, driven by our shared commitment to enhance the lives of these unsung heroes. Her legacy of compassion, justice, and solidarity continues to inspire us all,” Fluss added.
The ambassador also highlighted the OFWs in Israel who are hardworking, compassionate, and notable for their world-class care.
There are around 30,000 Filipinos working as caregivers and hotel workers in the “Holy Land.” The Israeli government is working closely with its Philippine counterpart, especially with the DMW, to ensure that their rights are protected and respected. They are provided with medical insurance, pension fund, yearly leave with pay, and all of the social rights given under Israeli labor rules. The labor market in Israel is regulated by the rights of the employees.
Family and friends of Ople, DMW officials, diplomatic community members, government officials, Israel-based OFWs’ relatives, and friends of the embassy attended the improv show held on the evening of September 6.
Duda presented a show based on stories of some OFWs in Israel that the group interviewed prior to their performance in Manila. Their craft improv—short for “improvisation”—is a form of a live theater where the plot, characters, and dialogue of a story are unscripted and created spontaneously by the performers.