4 major agencies removed from DA, given to ex-senator Pangilinan

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has stripped off the power of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala by removing under his watch four major agencies.

Aquino signed on May 5 Executive Order 175 transferring to the Office of the President the Department of Agriculture's (DA) four agencies, namely National Food Authority (NFA), National Irrigation Authority (NIA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA).

On May 5, the President also signed Memorandum Order 70 providing for the functions to be performed by former senator Francis Pangilinan whom he appointed on the same date as the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM), with Cabinet rank.

Pangilinan formally assumed the post as PAFSAM on Tuesday after he took his oath of office before the President in Malacanang.

Aside from exercising oversight over four agencies previously attached to the DA, under the EO, Pangilinan is tasked with coordinating and monitoring the policies, programs, projects and activities relating to the National Convergence Initiative (NCI), in conjunction with its national steering committee and technical working groups.

According to the President's order, the DA, DAR, DENR, NFA, NIA, PCA, FPA and all other government agencies and corporations are "directed to render full assistance and cooperation" to the PAFSAM.

Pangilinan's appointment came as Alcala's name has been dragged into pork barrel fund scam. (SDR/Sunnex)

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