Malacañang on Thursday defended the appointment of Orlan Calayag as head of the National Food Authority (NFA), saying he is qualified for the job.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. belied claims that Calayag is an American citizen.
“Based on an assessment of the documents provided by Mr. Orlan Calayag, he has met all the qualifications necessary to hold his current position,” Ochoa said.
On Tuesday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Calayag’s appointment went through the usual screening process. Calayag was first appointed to serve the unexpired term of Angelito Banayo, who resigned to run for representative of the 1st district of Agusan del Norte in the 2013 midterm elections. He was reappointed in July this year.
Reports said that Calayag also holds other posts by virtue of his position at the NFA. He is also vice chairman of the NFA council, chairman of the Food Terminal, Inc., and a board member of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority.
Prior to his appointment at the NFA, Calayag was Executive Director of the Progressive Community and Ecological Services Organization, a non-government organization helping farmers, fisherfolks, the youth, women, and other sectors in the areas of livelihood, job generation, and environmental protection.