March 1, 2024

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Marcos grips tight on DA helm; new DOH chief to be appointed only under Covid “normalized” situation

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President Ferdinand ‘Bong Bong’ Marcos will stay as the Department of Agriculture’s chief, saying that he will go out if some structural changes have been made in the agency.

He insisted that he is still needed there to bring an orderly system.

Marcos explained that if the DA’s functions are properly institutionalized; the structural changes have been made; and the appointments in the DA have already been made, then these are the signs for him to leave because the Agency doesn’t need him there anymore.

There were already several groups and netizens urging Marcos to choose a “full-time” Agriculture chief as various issues concerning the sector have piled up in the early days of his administration.

These include the high prices of vegetables, rice, sugar, fertilizers, smuggling and among others.

On the matter of the still vacant post for a Health Secretary, the President said he will appoint a Health Secretary if the situation is already normalized, which means the country would have to move away from its “emergency stance” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At present, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire sits as the DOH’s officer-in-charge