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PCA, NFA are still headless

Malacañang has yet to decide on who will replace former National Food Authority Administrator Orlan Calayag and Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Euclides Forbes, a source said over the weekend.

The two officials last month resigned after President Benigno Aquino III on May 7 named former senator Francis Pangilinan as Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization and directed him to “clean up” four key agencies of the Agriculture Department amid growing concerns over commodity importations.

The source said Malacañang approved Calayag’s resignation on May 23 and that of Forbes on May 26. Calayag was appointed NFA administrator on June 23 last year, while Forbes was designated PCA administrator on January 12, 2011.

PCA Deputy Administrator Roel Rosales, meanwhile, currently serves as the agency’s officer-in-charge.

“NFA, however, has no OIC. There are names that are being mentioned, but until now they still have no decision on who will replace them,” the source said.

Calayaga and Forbes earlier said they resigned to give Pangilinan “greater latitude.”

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