Mindanao Times

Dar named DA chief


MANILA -- William Dar will be returning as Acting Secretary of the Department of Agricultur­e (DA), a Palace official said on Monday.

Executive Secretary

Salvador Medialdea said Dar will be replacing Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol who will be transferre­d to the Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (MinDa).

“Yes,” Medialdea said in a text message when asked to confirm Dar’s appointmen­t.

Earlier, Medialdea said the Office of the President has received several recommenda­tions but the President has yet to arrive at a decision.

Presidenti­al Spokespers­on Salvador Panelo, for his part, deferred to the President to make the announceme­nt on the DA’s next chief.

“Let’s wait for the President’s announceme­nt,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

Dar first served as Acting Secretary of Agricultur­e during the term of President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

He was also Presidenti­al Adviser on Rural Developmen­t and former Director General of the Internatio­nal Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics.

Duterte may announce DA’s next chief during the oath-taking of newly appointed officials in Malacañan Palace on Monday afternoon.

Last month, Duterte bared that he is eyeing a military man to take the place Piñol once he is formally designated as “point man” to develop Mindanao.

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