EMMANUEL Piñol took his oath of office on Wednesday morning as chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
Piñol, then secretary of the Department of Agriculture, was sworn in by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
In his Facebook post, Piñol said he would serve his post for a period of six years or beyond the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. As the MinDA Chair, Piñol will also serve as the Philippine government’s representative to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asia Growth Area Regional Grouping (BIMP-EAGA).
“Just as when I was Secretary of Agriculture I will work just as hard. I thank the stakeholders of Agriculture for their support and at the same time beg for their understanding for my decision to leave the Department of Agriculture,” Piñol said.
“At odds with the economic managers and a very powerful political personality, I felt then that I would get nowhere in my dream to serve the farmers and fisherfolks,” he said.
Duterte appointed Piñol on August 5, the day his successor, William Dar, took his oath as acting DA secretary. The President said he needed someone who was familiar with Mindanao who could help in the development of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
In July, Piñol tendered his resignation following reports that Duterte was unsatisfied with his performance.
Piñol, who belongs to a family of farmers, was appointed as Agriculture in 2016. EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ