Marcos Jr. names Arnell Ignacio as new OWWA Administrator

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Posted at Aug 10 2022 07:04 AM | Updated as of Aug 10 2022 11:05 AM

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MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has appointed Arnell Ignacio as chief of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday. 

Ignacio, a TV host-comedian, first served as OWWA deputy administrator in 2018 before resigning for personal reasons, noted Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles. 

"He was reappointed in September of last year to the same post and will now occupy the position of Administrator," she said in a statement. 

Before his stint in OWWA, Ignacio was appointed by former President Rodrigo Duterte as the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp's (PAGCOR) assistant vice president for community and services department. 

Ignacio will replace outgoing OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, who will serve as undersecretary of Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), said Cruz-Angeles. 

Cacdac also confirmed Ignacio's appointment earlier in the day.

"We welcome and we fully support incoming administrator Arnell," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

Cacdac was designated as DMW undersecretary of welfare and foreign employment, said Cruz-Angeles in a statement.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia, meanwhile, will be DMW's undersecretary for licensing and adjudication. 

"He will be the OIC (officer-in-charge) of POEA until such time that the department is deemed fully constituted on the approval of the 2023 budget," Cruz-Angeles said. 

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