William Dar is new acting DA chief — Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2019   •   1310

William Dar

MANILA, Philippines — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the appointment of William Dar as acting Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Dar will take over the Department from Secretary Manny Piñol who has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

Dar served a one-year term as secretary of Agriculture (1998-1999) under the administration of former President Joseph Estrada.

He was the former director-general of the International Center for Research in the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) from 1999 to 2014.

He served as the founding director of DA’s Bureau of Agricultural Research.

Dar is expected to join this afternoon’s Cabinet meeting at Malacañang. – with details from Rosalie Coz

28 more areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has placed more areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 amid increasing COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the following areas will be under Alert Level 3:

 

LUZON

  • Benguet
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Pangasinan
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Isabela
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Quezon Province
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay

 

VISAYAS

  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Cebu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Tacloban City

 

MINDANAO

  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Cotabato City

The alert level designation in the said areas will take effect from January 14 until January 31, the Palace said.

All other provinces and cities not mentioned shall remain under their current alert level classification, it added.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, and Laguna are under Alert Level 3 until January 15.

Duterte picks ex-Davao City councilor as new Mindanao Development Authority chief

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated former Davao City Councilor Maria Belen Sunga Acosta as the new chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Malacañang announced Wednesday.

In a statement, the Palace said Duterte signed Acosta’s appointment last January 6, 2022. She will lead the agency for a term of six years.

She replaced Manny Piñol, who stepped down last October 2021 after filing his 2022 senatorial candidacy.

“We wish Chairperson Acosta all the best in her new assignment, and are confident that she will continue the initiatives her predecessors pursued to accelerate the socio-economic growth of Mindanao,” the Palace said.

MinDa earlier said that Acosta will serve as its 8th chairperson and the second Mindanaoan woman to head the agency.

“As MinDA Chair, she will lead in coordinating, harmonizing, and integrating various socioeconomic development efforts for Mindanao with inter-regional, Mindanao-wide, and sub-regional impacts,” MinDA said.

The agency said Acosta will also act as “the Philippine Signing Minister leading the participation of Mindanao and Palawan as country’s BIMPEAGA focus areas given MinDA’s mandate as the permanent Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA (PCOBE) under RA 9996.”

No food shortage in Odette-hit areas — Dar

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the country has sufficient food supply despite the damage caused by Typhoon Odette to the agricultural sector.

Based on DA data, more than 68,000 farmers and fishers were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Around 300,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed and large portions of fisheries were affected.

The coconut and rice industries have also greatly suffered.

“Ang total damage and losses sa agriculture natin sa bansa ay umabot na po ng almost P6 billion pesos, still counting,” said DA Secretary William Dar.

Despite this turn of events, however, Dar assured that there will be no shortage of food supply.

“We do not have a big problem in terms of rice. Rice is so much available in most of the areas. But, of course, there are those areas that are slightly affected because of logistics,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department allotted Php2.9 billion to procure and distribute seeds for sowing and fishing boats.

This is to assist farmers and fisherfolks to get back on their feet and start anew. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

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