The public can expect improved and quality service in light of the appointment of new officials of the Department of Labor and Employment, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Monday.

Bello made the statement during a morning press conference where he announced to the members of the media recent labor and employment updates.

“These are the new appointees of the President, so we will see a much improved Department of Labor. In light of this we will also have a re-clustering of duties and responsibilities of our new and existing DOLE officials,” Bello said.

The labor chief expressed his confidence in the efficiency of DOLE operations with the appointment of Undersecretary Bernard Olalia as administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), saying this was due to the latter’s persistent efforts in ensuring the welfare and protection of Filipino workers deployed overseas.

Olalia initially served as the Undersecretary of the labor department and managing Human Capital Development and Regional Operations Cluster.

He will be working with other newly appointed POEA officials, Villamor Plan, the new Deputy Administrator of POEA; and Ria Corazon Soledad Lano as Director IV.

On January 23, the President also signed the appointment papers of former lawmaker Jacinto “Jing” Paras as Undersecretary of the labor department. Paras formerly served as the Representative of the first district of Negros Oriental and member of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

Bello also welcomed the appointment of former TV Host and Actor, Arnaldo “Arnell” Ignacio as Deputy Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Before his appointment in OWWA, Ignacio first served as Assistant Vice President for Community Relation and Services Department of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

#Paul Ang

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