MANILA – Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday that Department of Agriculture (DA) Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban is now the officer-in-charge of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
In an ambush interview, Presidential Communications Office (PCO)Secretary Cheloy Garafil said Panganiban will serve as the OIC of SRA, while Marcos has yet to name a new head for the sugar agency.
“Yes sir until a new administrator is appointed,” Garafil said.
On March 24, PCO announced that SRA chief David John Thaddeus Alba has stepped down from his post due to “his worsening health condition”.
Alba’s resignation as SRA administrator took effect on April 15.
In August last year, Alba replaced Hermenegildo Serafica, who resigned as SRA administrator in the wake of the unauthorized signing of Sugar Order (SO) 4, a resolution allowing the importation of 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar.
The SRA is a government-owned and -controlled corporation attached to the DA, which President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. currently heads. (PNA)