Coconut board to be asked to resign
All the board members of Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will soon be asked to resign and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he told President Rodrigo Duterte that he’s free to choose whoever he wants for the position.
Piñol said the courtesy resignation of all the PCA Board should facilitate the entry of new board members ahead of the release of the P100-billion coconut levy fund.
The fund, based on the law that will soon be signed by Duterte, should not go directly to farmers but will instead by handled by the “reconstituted” PCA Board.
“It was I who suggested to give PRRD [President Rodrigo Roa Duterte] a free hand in selecting new [PCA] officials,” Piñol said in a Manila Bulletin report.
“[There should be a] courtesy resignation among PCA Board but they have to work until such time the new board members are reappointed or if they are reappointed,” he added.
The new PCA Board should be composed of 15 members from eight government agencies including PCA, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Landbank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines.
There will also be six farmer representatives in the PCA board, including two each from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; and another representative from the private sector.