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Cacdac is new OWWA chief

Don Kevin Hapal

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Cacdac is new OWWA chief
Claro Arellano, a justice department prosecutor, will replace Hans Cacdac at the POEA

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac takes over as the new administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) starting Monday, October 3.

The announcement was first made by Cacdac on his Facebook page on September 30, 2016. 

On Tuesday, October 4, Cacdac made his first media appearance as OWWA chief during a press conference on the Department of Labor and Employment’s first 100 days report under the new administration.

When asked about his plans for the agency, Cacdac said that Bello’s marching orders for him is to “bring the OWWA closer to the people, especially OFWs and their families.” This means making OWWA programs and services faster, more effective and accessible.

On his first week as new administrator, Cacdac said he has “embarked on a listening process” through social media and consultations with industry members and civil society groups. On his September 30 announcement, he asked for suggestions on how their programs and services can be improved. 

According to Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III, the Department of Justice’s prosecutor, Claro Arellano is set to take over Cacdac’s post as POEA administrator, pending finalization of his exit plan from the justice department. –

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.