Malacañang on Thursday appointed Hans Leo J. Cacdac as officer-in-charge of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), replacing the late Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople who died on Aug. 22.
Cacdac was one of three new appointees of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the Palace announced in a statement.
Before he was appointed DMW OIC, Cacdac was the DMW’s undersecretary for welfare and foreign employment.
He also served as administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Also named to a new position was Jennifer Pia S. Las as chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). Prior to this, Las was NCIP’s Central Mindanao Commissioner.
The Palace also announced the appointment of Jose F. Lim IV as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The DMW meanwhile closed a maritime consultancy firm for fake job offers, illegal recruitment, and unauthorized collection of fees.
The DMW said it closed down the offices of R. T. M. Maritime Consultancy Services Corp. located on the 2nd floor of the J & P Building along Ninoy Aquino Avenue in Santo Nino, Paranaque City, for alleged illegal recruitment activities and unauthorized collection of fees.
The closure was ordered in the wake of complaints sent separately by “Ernesto” and “Dindo” (not their real names) to the DMW earlier this year.
Ernesto stated that he was promised by RTM a job as Chief Cook onboard a container vessel in Dubai with a monthly salary of $900, or the equivalent of P51,300. In exchange, Ernesto was asked to pay a total of P105,000 at RTM’s office representing alleged “consultancy” fees for finding him an overseas job.
Dino, meanwhile, applied for the position of Engine Cadet with a promised salary of $350, or approximately P20,000, per month. He was asked by RTM to cough up P140,000 as a consultation fee for the job placement.
Both Ernesto and Dino applied for their alleged jobs in the first quarter of 2023. After waiting several months for their deployment, they decided to file their complaints with the DMW.