President names new NIA administrator

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed Florencio Padernal as the new administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), replacing Claro Maranan.

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As contained in transmission letters sent by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Padernal’s term of office started last July 1 and will end on June 30 next year.

He was also appointed as a member of NIA’s board of directors.

A registered civil engineer, Padernal holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

A former director of the Department of Public Works and Highways, he went on to work as chief technical adviser of the World Bank in China and Mongolia in the early 1990s.

He also served as the president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (Manila chapter), the Philippine Water Works Association, the Rotary Club of Kamuning West RI District 3780 and the Ilocos Sur National High School Global Foundation Inc.

Prior to his appointment, the 62-year-old Padernal served as chairman/chief executive officer of the Construction Co. Inc from December 1994 up to the present.

Malacanang said Aquino is not renewing the appointment of NIA Administrator Maranan whose term of office ended June 30.

NIA is one of the government-owned and -controlled corporations whose appointed directors are subject to the President’s reappointment every year.

Aquino earlier reiterated his disappointment with the performance of the agency.

He questioned the NIA’s use of its budget allocation, saying that while the agency has used its budget fully, its output has been below target.

The President has tapped former senator Francis Pangilinan to investigate this, warning other erring officials of consequences.

Pangilinan said Aquino’s first order to him as his assistant for food and agricultural matters was to “clean up” NIA and three other agencies.

NIA is one of the four attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that was transferred to the Office of the President (OP) under Executive Order 175 issued last week by Aquino.

Also transferred from DA to the OP were National Food Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority and Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority.

Aside from Padernal, the President also appointed Antonio Ariel Inton Jr. as member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, replacing Al Pareño, who was moved to the Commission on Elections.

He also designated Peter Angelo Perfecto and Rex Victor Cruz as members of the People’s Survival Fund Board under the Climate Change Commission as well as Alexander Gonzales as Director IV of the Department of National Defense.

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