Good—NIA, NFA and PCA again under Agriculture Department
PRESIDENT Rody Duterte immediately granted the request of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol for a presidential executive order placing the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) back under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The President also gave Piñol control over the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM), which former President B.S. Aquino had created on May 5, 2014. Aquino made the head of OPAFSAM a Cabinet member. Aquino also made it the overseer of the four largest government agencies that used to be under the DA. These are the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), NFA, NIA, and PCA.
It was an unwise and a bad management decision of BS Aquino to break up the cluster of offices and agencies under the control of the agriculture secretary. The breakup only exacerbated the lack of concern of Aquino for the agriculture and agrarian sector.
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