No EO yet on 3 agencies under DA, say

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to issue the executive order that would place three agencies under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Roque Quimpan, board member of Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), said yesterday in BizForum at Dermpath in SM City Davao that the proposal is expected to be signed “anytime” as President Duterte already announced in April that the agencies should be returned under the jurisdiction of DA.

Among those, he said, includes PCA, National Food Authority (NFA) and Fertilizers and Pesticides Authority.

“We are currently waiting for the executive order,” Quimpan said.

At present, the agencies are under the Office of the President. It was in May 2014 when the agencies were transferred to the Office of the President through Executive Order 165 of then President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a statement that the decision of President Duterte to place those three agencies under DA would be “an added task and challenges to the workers of the department.”

“As Agriculture Secretary and on behalf of people working with me, we accept the added responsibility and challenge. The return of these three agencies to DA, while admittedly added tasks, will further strengthen the department’s capability to undertake its mission to provide available and affordable food for the Filipino people,” Piñol said.

Among the department’s tasks, he said, is the need to ensure that NFA’s buffer stock would be good for 60 days, strengthen local rice production, provide attention to address the cocolisap infestation particularly in Mindanao and review the regulations that would cover the pricing of fertilizers and pesticides. (KMF)

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