Piñol wants full agri powers
Incoming Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants the full powers of his office restored for well-coordinated policies.
Piñol said in a recent interview that he would ask incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to return the National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) to the Department of Agriculture.
The four agencies, previously attached to the DA, were moved to the Office of the President in 2014 through Executive Order No. 165.
Piñol has been going around the country to assess the state of agriculture before he assumes office.
He has said he plans to turn Samar Island into a major food producer.