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Labor Group Backs Hans Leo Cacdac as Head of DMW

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Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Officer-in-Charge Hans Leo Cacdac (PNA file photo)

In a resounding show of support, the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has thrown its weight behind the appointment of Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac as the officer in charge (OIC) of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). This move comes after the unfortunate passing of Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople, who succumbed to a long battle with cancer last month.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. made the decision to appoint Cacdac as OIC on Thursday, a decision that has been met with widespread approval. The FFW, in a statement released on Saturday, expressed confidence in Cacdac’s capabilities and highlighted his significant contributions to the field.

The FFW commended Cacdac’s unwavering commitment to the cause of labor rights, noting that his efforts have had a profound impact on the lives of countless workers and their communities. They also emphasized that Cacdac’s contributions extend far beyond national borders, citing his instrumental role in the adoption of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189.

During his tenure as the chair of the Committee on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the International Labor Conference in Geneva in 2010 and 2011, Cacdac played a pivotal role in the adoption of this crucial convention. The FFW lauded this accomplishment as a testament to his dedication to advancing the rights of domestic workers on a global scale.

Prior to his appointment at the DMW, Cacdac held prominent positions in the field of labor. He served as the administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Additionally, Cacdac’s wealth of knowledge and experience in labor-related matters was honed during his time as a Labor Law professor at Ateneo de Manila University. His remarkable track record also includes his tenure as the executive director of the Department of Labor and Employment’s National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and his role as undersecretary for labor relations.

The FFW applauded Cacdac’s background at the NCMB, highlighting his dedication to labor issues and the reputation he has earned within the labor community. With his extensive experience and expertise, Cacdac is well-positioned to lead the DMW and continue the legacy of Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople in championing the rights of migrant workers.

As the labor community rallies behind Hans Leo Cacdac, his appointment as the OIC of the Department of Migrant Workers promises to bring much-needed stability and progress to this vital sector.