Piñol dismisses issues of turf war over NFA jurisdiction
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer back to the Department of Agriculture (DA) the National Food Authority (NFA), the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) was part of the management adjustments to ensure that government agencies perform and undertake their functions well.
And then, he said that “there is no ‘turf war’ in the Duterte Administration because there is only One Turf and that is the turf under the management of President Duterte”.
This, as he cited media reports saying that Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. lost his job as National Food Authority Council (NFAC) chair.
According to him, the news “are nothing more than malicious intrigues”.
“Sec. Evasco’s job is that of Cabinet Secretary. The Chairmanship of the NFAC was only an added assignment to him since the NFA, among other agriculture-related agencies like the PCA and the FPA, was under the Office of the President,” Piñol said.
He then explained that he and Evasco are friends whose lives were linked by their common desire to convince the then Mayor Duterte to run for President.
“In fact, I am closely working with Sec. Evasco in the implementation of major projects in his home province of Bohol, including the establishment of the biggest dairy farm in the country and the improvement of the fishing and rice industry of the island,” he further said.