Ex-POEA chief Cacdac appointed new OWWA head

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2016 12:18 PM

Former Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head Hans Leo Cacdac has been appointed as the new administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Cacdac will be replacing Rebecca Calzado, who assumed OWWA's top post in 2014.

"Nais ko pong mas lalong maging malapit ang OWWA sa mga mahal nating OFWs [I want OWWA to get closer with our beloved OFWs]," he said in a Facebook post announcing his appointment.

OWWA is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that protects and promotes the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their dependents.

Cacdac said he needs feedback on OWWA's services, encouraging netizens to reply to his post on Facebook.

"Sa mga may mga messages po sa akin, huwag po kayong mag-alala at sisikapin ko pong sagutin ang mga lahat ng inyong mga katanungan at mungkahi," he said.

[To those messaging me: don't worry, I will try to reply to all your questions and suggestions.]

Before assuming the top post at the POEA in 2012, Cacdac was an undersecretary for labor relations at the labor department.

He joined the DOLE in 2004 as executive director of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and moved to the POEA as deputy administrator for licensing and adjudication in 2006.