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Monday, January 2, 2012

Migrante Dismayed On POEA Chief Dismissal

Migrante, a Filipino-migrant rights watchdog, is dismayed over the dismissal of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Carlos Cao from his post. Migrante believes that there is a power struggle among the ranking labor officials of the agency.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said Cao's departure may hamper POEA’s services to its stakeholders especially to OFWs as there may be no "smooth transition."

Cao was formally replaced Monday by former Labor Undersecretary Hans Cacdac.

Cacdac formally assumed as the POEA administrator at the turnover rites at the POEA which former Administrator Cao did not attend supposedly to attend to his ailing wife.

“Cao, as a newcomer, may have wanted to institute real reforms in the POEA, but it seems old-timers at the POEA were not satisfied with his performance,” said Monterona.

Monterona noted Cao’s integrity "of not being corrupt and having unblemished record in public service, who is more than qualified for the administration's political slogan 'tuwid na daan'" earned him the POEA administratorship more than a year ago.

“In fairness to Cao has done a good job instituting bureaucratic reforms that streamlined the procedure of services to OFWs stakeholders such as the Balik-Mangagawa wherein vacationing OFWs are required to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)," Monterona pointed out. "And in the combat against illegal recruitment activities, among others despite him being in the office for just over a year."

news from Manila Bulletin

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