MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte has formally appointed former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Manny PiAol as chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa).
According to a list of presidential appointees from MalacaAang, PiAol was appointed MinDa chairman on August 5. The Palace has yet to release his official appointment paper to reporters.
Duterte earlier bared that PiAol would be the perfect point man to help develop the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) given his experience as a farmer and former North Cotabato governor.
I must remember that it is an agricultural country and PiAol is a farmer who was once a governor and he was born there and he's good. The Mindanao Development Authority is a Cabinet position. He is still a Cabinet, Duterte said in a television interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City last month.
I'm sure he can help the BARMM and the government to fasttrack everything, he added.
Meanwhile, William Dar will be returning as acting DA secretary.
Dar first served as acting Secretary of Agriculture during the term of President Joseph Erap Estrada.
This is despite Duterte's earlier pronouncement that he would want a military man to be the next DA chief. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency