Arnell Ignacio is new OWWA administrator — Palace

Arnell Ignacio cites family as reason for quitting OWWA post


MANILA, Philippines — Arnell Ignacio has been appointed as the new administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said on Wednesday that Ignacio was appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as executive director administrator of OWWA.

“We confirm the appointment of Mr. Ignacio as Executive Director Admininistrator V of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” Cruz-Angeles said in a statement.

Outgoing OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac also confirmed Ignacio’s appointment.

“Lumabas ang mga appointments kahapon, and yes incoming admin Arnell Ignacio has been appointed,” Cacdac said in an interview with Teleradyo.

Prior to being named as OWWA administrator, Ignacio served as deputy administrator. His first stint in the OWWA was under the former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

In 2016, Ignacio was appointed as assistant vice president for the community relation and services department of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

Cruz-Angeles said Cacdac will be serving as undersecretary of welfare and foreign employment under the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) which is led by Secretary Susan Ople.

Further, Cruz-Angeles said outgoing Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Bernard Olalia will serve as Undersecretary for Licensing and Adjudication of the DMW.

“He (Olalia) will be the OIC of POEA until such time that the department is deemed fully constituted on the approval of the 2023 budget,” Cruz-Angeles said.


Arnell Ignacio resigns from OWWA post