Hontiveros urges Marcos to fix leadership issues at DA

Hontiveros urges Marcos to fix leadership issues at DA

By Liza Soriano
Aug. 18,2022

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros has urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to fix leadership issues at the Department of Agriculture where he is the concurrent chief.

Hontiveros said Marcos must appoint a DA secretary who would focus on solving the issues on sugar crisis.

“This fiasco with the SRA is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the chaotic organization and operation of the DA. The president should reconsider his position and appoint a competent person who would take charge of the DA, end all controversies in the department, and focus on helping farmers and ensuring adequate food supply in the country,” she said.

Marcos, who earlier appointed himself as concurrent DA Secretary and SRA Board Chairman, has disavowed and declared illegal the “Sugar Order No. 4” issued by the SRA for the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar to allegedly help solve the country’s deficit of around 200,000 metric tons of sugar this year.

Several SRA and DA officials have since resigned from their posts due to the issue, who signed the order as chief of staff of the DA Secretary.

“As clearly shown by the situation in the DA, it is very difficult to do all of those responsibilities and at the same time focus on the myriad of programs that must be handled by the DA Secretary,” she added.

(ai/mtvn)

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