Former Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac has been named new administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), replacing Rebecca Calzado.
In his speech before OWWA officials and employees on Monday, Cacdac said his experience working with the agency made him familiar with the "24/7 round-the-clock service of OWWA to OFWs," which he said he is hoping to continue under his term.
"I have seen your dedication and worked with your team, specially those assigned at the airport," he said. "Crisis or no crisis, OWWA is always present to give assistance to OFWs and their families."
At 48 years old, Cacdac is the youngest to head OWWA in its 40-year history.
He began his career as the director of the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Bureau of Labor Relations in 2001, then served as the department's National Conciliation and Mediation Board from 2005 to 2006.
Cacdac was named POEA's deputy administrator in 2006 until he returned to DOLE for a brief stint as its undersecretary for labor relations from 2010 to 2011.
Former POEA administrator Carlos Cao Jr.'s exit in 2012 gave way to Cacdac's return to the agency as its administrator.
Cacdac was recently part of OWWA's repatriation team for Filipino workers retrenched by major construction companies affected by the oil crisis in Saudi Arabia.
He was also with DOLE undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad when the latter assisted the family of alleged OFW rape victim Irma Edloy when her body arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Sunday.
Cacdac said his passion for helping OFWs originated with his father, Napoleon Cacdac, a former radio technician for the Voice of America and the Eternal Word Television Network and overseas worker. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News