President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is apparently scouting for a full-time Agriculture Secretary now that his hands are full with running the country.
Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin told the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday (November 23) that Marcos is now “seriously considering several people” to head the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Marcos has been concurrently serving as DA Secretary since assuming office on June 30. It was hailed as a signal that his administration prioritizes food security and the agriculture sector.
Under Marcos’ watch, however, DA was rocked by the sugar imports fiasco which ended with resignations of career officials. The price of red onion has also skyrocketed while white onion is in short supply.
The President was also criticized for showing up only twice at DA’s main office in Quezon City to attend to matters related to the agency.