Duterte signs EO putting NFA under DA amid rice woes
Marje Pelayo • September 20, 2018 • 2763
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Image courtesy of PCOO/ROBINSON NIÑAL JR.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday, September 19, the executive order (EO) returning the National Food Authority (NFA) under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Aside from the N FA, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) were also returned to their mother agency.
Signed by the President on September 17, 2018, and released by Malacañang on Wednesday, September 19, Executive Order No. 62 also reorganizes the NFA Council and assigns the Agriculture Secretary as its chairman while the NFA Administrator is the vice chairman.
The order came amid problems hounding the NFA, particularly the non-stop increase in rice prices and budget issues, and shortly after Jason Aquino requested to be relieved from the position of NFA administrator as revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In 2014, former president Benigno Aquino III placed the three agencies under the Office of the President through EO No. 165.
In 2016, they were then placed under the Office of the Cabinet Secretary by President Duterte. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte is still pondering on whether or not to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Summit in March.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President expressed willingness to visit the United States, however the president is not sure whether his visa will be approved.
Panelo added Duterte might not want to visit the US since some US senators “would be unhappy to see him”. This is amid the resolution of banning the entry of Philippine officials involved in imprisoning former Senator Leila de Lima.
The Palace official also clarified that the President is not enforcing conditions regarding his visit in the US.
“From what I look at his responses, gusto niya pumunta, iyan ang naisip ko, (he wants to visit, that’s what I think),” Panelo said. “[Duterte] just expressed certain sentiments relative to some issues that may affect his entry.”
Duterte has been previously invited by US President Donald Trump but he refused due to the extreme weather conditions in the US as well as the long-hour flight.
Panelo cited that the recent invitation was not a personal one so the President is still pondering on whether to accept the invitation or not.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating has reached a new record high, according to the recent survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Based on the 4th Quarter 2019 SWS Survey, Duterte got a 72% excellent net satisfaction rating, which is seven points higher compared to his September rating of 65%.
Malacañang welcomed the survey result saying President Duterte still has the support of the people.
“This means that the President has the support of the people, for which he is very thankful. But more than that, the people support him because they feel his legacy of real change,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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