Carry On Admin Hans! Your Way is the Right Way!

Nagkaisa! labor coalition throws support for POEA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac

Nagkaisa! labor coalition throws support for POEA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac

An Affirmation of Support to POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac for making POEA truly fulfill its mandate to protect our OFWs through effective regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies

We, migrant workers, CSOs, trade unions and migrants rights advocates, in the country and overseas, reiterate our firm support to Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac for making POEA truly fulfil its mandate to uphold and protect the rights of Filipino migrant workers through effective regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies and deployment of our OFWs.

We recall how we advocated for 12 long years for the repeal of the deregulation provisions of RA8042, namely Sections 29 and 30 if only to emphasize the important role of POEA as a regulatory body that will ensure protection for our migrant workers at the point of recruitment and deployment. The Philippine Congress heeded our call and enacted RA 9422 amending RA 8042 in January 2007.

RA 9422 effectively strengthens the regulatory functions of the POEA. Section 1 of RA9422 states that the POEA “shall regulate private sector participation in the recruitment and overseas placement of workers by setting up a licensing and registration system. It shall formulate and implement, in coordination with appropriate entities concerned, when necessary, a system for promoting and monitoring the overseas employment of Filipino workers, taking into consideration their welfare and the domestic manpower requirements.”

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POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac

POEA, under the able leadership of Administrator Cacdac, fulfills its mandate to the letter, with due diligence but also with respect to due process, with the end in view of ensuring protection and promotion of the rights of Filipino migrant workers, particularly the more vulnerable amongst them –the migrant domestic workers and other low-skilled workers.

Some of the positive developments in the POEA under his watch include the following:

  • OFW-friendly front line service personnel that includes Admin Hans himself taking his turn to sit at the POEA information desk on the ground floor and in one of the counters at the Balik Manggagawa Division of the POEA.
  • Simplifying documentation processes and securing OECs for OFWs by setting up online systems
  • Fast and real-time verification of status of recruitment agencies through the POEA website
  • Indefatigable efforts to forge MOAs with LGUs for collective efforts to undertake pre-departure information and education campaigns at the community level, prioritizing communities far from city centers;
  • Enhanced visibility of POEA to the public through effective media engagements
  • Ensuring the consultative platforms with stakeholders are working like the Overseas Land-based Tripartite Consultative Councils and various bilateral forums as well; making readily available and accessible the POEA directorate no less for purposes of dialogue and consultations;
  • Conversely, making himself accessible and personally available to OFWs and families through social media and twitter
  • Reviewing POEA Rules and Regulations for overseas employment to make it more relevant to the needs of the times and how best to serve the interests of the OFWs and families
  • Promoting ethical recruitment and now re-opening debates on the Private Recruitment Agency Convention, ILO Convention 181, with the slant to ratification of the Convention
  • Implementing and monitoring more effectively POEA rules and regulations on private sector recruitment activities
  • Engaging more actively and effectively, with other agencies of government, in the campaign against illegal recruitment and in combatting human trafficking
  • Ensuring faster resolution of administrative cases at the POEA with firm resolve and meting out appropriate sanctions and penalties against erring recruiters and other violations
  • More visibility in carrying out on-the-spot inspections of recruitment offices and crackdowns against unscrupulous agencies
  • Improved facilities at the POEA from the elevators to the toilets, and general welcoming attitude and atmosphere at the POEA
  • Successfully chairing the ILO Committee that deliberated on the provisions of the landmark ILO Convention for Decent Work for Domestic Workers that sets the universally-accepted minimum standards of protection for all domestic workers–local and overseas– and is now recognized as work

Very seldom that we see such example of a public servant as Admin Hans with all sincerity and passion to serve the people. Very rare that we witness a selfless public servant who does not mind being the target of unscrupulous elements simply because he is doing the right thing.

His efforts may not be enough to shake up the system. Maybe even his days at the POEA are numbered until the end of President P-Noy’s term, but to see him doing what he should and must do to ensure protection to OFWs and their families, that for us, is enough.

Carry on Admin Hans!
You are on the right track. The POEA way, under your watch, is the Right Way!

Signatories:

26 individuals including 3 government officials; 20 migrant organizations, 11 women and other organizations, 10 trade unions, federations and internationals from 11 countries

Walden F. Bello, former chair of House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs
Angelina Ludovice-Katoh, Congress Representative, Akbayan Party List
Imelda Nicolas, Cabinet Secretary/ Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Atty. Raymond DC Mendoza, Congress Representative, TUCP Party List
Leah Pacquiz, Congress Representative, Ang NARS Party List
Center for Migrant Advocacy
Ateneo De Manila Political Science Department Working Group on Migration
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)
Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO)
Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers Hong Kong (PLUDW-HK)
Migrant Forum in Asia
Patnubay Online- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Patnubay Online -Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Patnubay Online -Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Patnubay Online – Hail, Saudi Arabia
Patnubay Online – Jizan, Saudi Arabia
Patnubay Online – Kuwait
Patnubay Online – Qatar
Patnubay Online – United Arab Emirates
Patnubay Online – Manila, Philippines
Apostleship of the Sea Manila
Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives, Inc (Atikha)
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
World March of Women Pilipinas
Building and Woodworkers International (BWI)
PS Link
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
VisMin Active Migrants Association Hong Kong
Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Center
WomanHealth Philippines
Akbayan Citizens Action Party
Samaritana Transformation Ministries
Economic Resource Center for Overseas Filipinos (ERCOF)
Federation of Free Workers (FFW)
Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW Advocacy Group
Alliance of Progressive Labor Hong Kong
Domestic Workers Union Hong Kong
Deo Volente Hong Kong
United Workers for Mutual Advancement and Development (UniMAD) Malaysia
Women’s Crisis Center (WCC)
Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)
Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK)
Pagtinabangay Foundation
WomanHealth Philippines Leyte
Business and Professional Women Ormoc
Coalition for Ormoc Women
Textile Clothing Footwear Ormoc
Filipino Migrants In Nigeria
SALIGAN
Public Services International (PSI)
Marlon Quesada, migrants rights advocate
Eunice Eunice Barbara Novio, Thailand
Mike Bolos, Jr., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ronnie Abeto, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Joseph Henry Espiritu, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Rex Varona, Migrants rights advocate
Carlo Vargas, Migrants rights’ advocate
Sabrina Gacad, Migrants rights’ advocate
Mariquit Kit Melgar, Migrants rights’ advocate
Josua Mata, Secretary General, Sentro
Lolita Farmer, OAM Global Filipinos Australia
Edwin Bustillos, Representative, National Anti Poverty Commission Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sector
Terence AG Osorio, Migrants rights advocate
Alex Veloso Bello, President, OFW Congress Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ellaine Fuentes, Migrants Rights Advocate
Eden See, Migrants Rights Advocate
Maria Elizabeth Embry, Migrants Rights Advocate, Alaska
Benjamin Nadado, Migrants Rights Advocate, Nigeria
Ronald Concha, Chair, Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW Advocacy Group
Joanne Barriga Quintana, Migrants Rights Advocate
Leila Rispens-Noel, WIMLER Foundation Philippines
Norman Dondi Grecia, Migrants Rights Advocate

[See complete list of signatories on CMA facebook page

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