The new chief of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is Hans Cacdac, replacing former POEA chief, Carlos Cao, Jr. The official turnover was held in a simple ceremony yesterday that was attended by POEA directors and several senior Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officials. The chief of DOLE Baldoz and Carlos Cao did not attend the said event.
The new POEA chief promised to work with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to create new bilateral agreements that would create job opportunities and protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Cacdac said, "It is about time we increase the number of our bilateral agreements with other countries to protect the welfare of our OFWs."
He also promised to hasten the processing period of overseas employment certificates (OEC) and to strengthen fight against human trafficking.
The recruitment agencies welcome the appointment of Cacdac and vowed to willingness to work together with POEA so they can deploy more OFWs.
However, some OFW groups expressed sadness over the replacement of Carlos Cao, Jr. as POEA chief. The chair of Migrante International, Garry Martinez, said that Cao is by far the most sincere, open-minded and most accessible POEA chief. Martinez suspects that the reason for the ouster may be politics noting that under Cao's leadership, permits of 300 recruitment agencies were cancelled.
Cao said that he did not receive any official letter from Malacañang and the DOLE to inform him of his removal from the post. Cao said that he has no resentment but only wish to be officially informed so he can step down with dignity. Labor officials though insist they had officially informed Cao that he will only be serving until the end of December.