31 December 2011
If POAE chief is replaced, PNoy heeded on an ill-advise –OFW group
He, (referring to President Benigno ‘Noynoy” Simeon Aquino III), is about to commit a crucial year-end decision if the impending replacement of Atty. Carlos Cao Jr., as the administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an adjunct agency to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), would push through as reported, according to Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator and the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS) spokesperson John Leonard Monterona.
“POEA Cao’s impending replacement manifests power-struggle between new and old within PNoy’s top labor honchos; Atty. Cao as a newcomer who wanted to institute real reforms in the POEA, while his expected replacement DoLE undersecretary Hans Cacdac is an old-timer in the POEA,” Monterona noted.
Monterona believed the foremost consideration why Atty. Cao was appointed to head the POEA by PNoy is his unquestioned integrity and corrupt-free records of service, both in private and public positions he previously occupied.
“I think Atty. Cao’s integrity, of not being corrupt and unblemished records of service, a supposed qualifier to PNoy’s political slogan ‘Tuwid na Daan’, eventually landed him to POEA administrator-ship,” Monterona opined.
“In fairness to Atty. Cao, he 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) and in the combat against illegal recruitment activities, among others though he just more than 1 year in office,” Monterona added.
Monterona said he personally witnessed the now more rationalized process in obtaining the OEC as he line-up to get his OEC last December 27 at the Balik-Mangagawa Center, POEA building in Ortigas, which only took him about 20 to 30 minutes, though he said more service windows must be manned to cater more OFWs.
Monterona noted that it was Atty. Cao who busted the fake proliferation of OECs on mid-year 2011 being sold to OFWs via recruitment agencies that victimized more than a thousand OFWs.
“Such prevented a large-scale human smuggling and illegal trafficking activities by alleged some POEA corrupt officials in cahoots of illegal recruiters,” said the Saudi-based OFW leader who is now on vacation in the Philippines.
Monterona said though Atty. Cao is just a newcomer at the POEA who found his tasks overwhelming, nevertheless, he fairly passed his learning-curve hurdle as he was a fast-learner.
“His boss at the DoLE may not like him, for whatever reasons we don’t know; but the ‘padrino system’ in Philippine bureaucracy is very much alive and practiced discreetly from top to bottom, though bureaucrat-capitalists may strongly object on our observation,” Monterona added.
Monterona urges PNoy to think not once but twice or even more, before signing the order replacing Atty. Cao as POEA chief. “He may be blinded and fed wrong information by his top labor honchos about the POEA chief performance.”
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante Middle East regional coordinator & KGS Spokesperson
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