Aquino names NFA, PhilCoa heads

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed the former president of San Miguel Foods Inc. as new administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA).
Arthur Juan will be replacing Orlan Calayag as NFA council member and administrator, according to a letter signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa dated June 18, 2014.

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Juan, 68, will serve the unfinished term of Calayag that began on July 1, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2014.

He was president of San Miguel Foods Inc. from 2005 to 2009 and also of Monterey Foods Corp. from 1999 to 2003. Juan graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1968 and undertook the Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management in 1988.

Also appointed was Romulo Arancon Jr. as administrator and chief executive officer of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PhilCoA).

Arancon, who replaced Euclides Forbes, will also serve until June 30, 2014.

Prior to his appointment, he was executive director of the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community Jakarta from 2006 to January this year. Arancon also served as center director of the PhilCoA from 2004 to 2006.

Arancon, 58, obtained his Master of Science in Development Studies degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1991 and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Xavier University in 1976.

Calayag and Forbes resigned last May after former Sen. Francis Pangilinan was appointed as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization. Both officials said their resignation would give Pangilinan a “free hand” to perform his duties.

Calayag and Forbes were recommended to their respective posts by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. Calayag was appointed as NFA chief in January 2013 while Forbes was appointed to PhilCoA in 2010.

The NFA and PhilCoA are two of the four attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture that were transferred to the Office of the President under Executive Order 175 signed by Aquino.

Aside from Juan and Arancon, the President also appointed Donna Gordove, Arthur Salazar and Nonito Tamayo as Director III and Leo Van Juguan as Director II at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Also appointed were Ramon Osorio and Luis Gatmaitan as members of the National Council for Children’s Television under the Department of Education; and Emerta Garon as a member of the governing board of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council.

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