Sec. Manny Piñol Will Continue His Work Even the CA Defers His Confirmation


One of the country's most hardworking Cabinet Member, Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture did not get the official confirmation from the Commission on Appointments on his job as Secretary of Agriculture. The non-confirmation of Sec. Piñol will not hinder his job as Secretary-Designate of DA by Pres. Duterte.


According to the DA Secretary, he just joined the ranks of "contractual" workers whose job contracts will have to be renewed every three months.

The non-designation of Sec. Piñol was announced by the Commission on Appointment after one of its members, deferred his confirmation as a "regular" Secretary during its hearing in the Senate.

Sec. Piñol also revealed that maybe one of the reason why his appointment was deferred due to his strong stand in the controversial issue of rice importation.

The former Governor of North Cotabato and a known sports personality clarified that his position on rice importation has not change particularly in the issue of the lifting of the Quantitative Restriction (QR) on imported rice. He emphasized that as the representative of the Filipino rice farmers in government, hold the position that the QR should be extended for another two years.


Here's the Complete Statement of Sec. Manny:

'Contractual' Secretary
CA DEFERS CONFIRMATION
BUT THE WORK CONTINUES

By Manny Piñol

I have just joined the ranks of "contractual" workers whose job contracts will have to be renewed every three months.

This came after the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), on the motion of one of its members, deferred my confirmation as a "regular" Secretary during its hearing in the Senate yesterday.

Moving for the deferment of my confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture is the inherent right of every member of the Commission on Appointments which is composed of selected members of Congress and the Senate.

I will not question the decision to defer neither would I identify the CA member who moved for the deferment of my confirmation.

However, let me clarify that I have not changed my position on the issue of the lifting of the Quantitative Restriction (QR) on imported rice and emphasise that I, as the representative of the Filipino rice farmers in government, hold the position that the QR should be extended for another two years.

This is the position which I and the DA adopted because this was the consensus of the rice farmers and stakeholders following a nationwide consultation.

However, during the Congressional hearing, I honestly admitted that I may be overwhelmed in the decision-making on whether the QR should be lifted or not which will be made by the Cabinet Economic Cluster, where I am one of the members.

The issue of the QR lifting, however, has not been discussed yet in the Cabinet hence, there is no official government position on it yet.

I also emphasised that even with the end of the QR in July 2017, cheaper imported rice may not be allowed entry into the country until the country's Tariff Code is amended which will require Congressional action.

Since majority of the Senators and Congressmen is against the lifting of the QR in 2017, I honestly believe that the scenario of imported rice flooding the local market which will work against the interest of the Filipino rice farmers, may not happen soon.

There would still be enough time for the administration of President Rody Duterte to implement the interventions to improve rice production and lower the cost of production with the launching of Masaganang Ani 6000.

(I will discuss what Masaganang Ani 6000 is in another post.)

So, for those who are asking how the deferment of my confirmation as Secretary would affect my job, the answer is: It will not affect my job and performance as Secretary of Agriculture one bit.
However, unlike my other colleagues - Transport Secretary Art Tugade, Interior Secretary Mike Sueno and Highways and Public Works Secretary Mark Villa who were confirmed yesterday - my title will be Secretary-designate.

Just like the other contractual workers in private companies, I am also subject to "Endo" or end of contract every three months.

President Duterte could renew my appointment every three months, until I am finally confirmed by the CA, or choose not to if he is not satisfied with my performance.

So, I may be an "Endo" Secretary but there will be no end to the effort to reach out to our farmers and fisher folks in the countryside and deliver President Duterte's commitment of "Available and Affordable Food" for the Filipino people.

#Changeishere! #PresRodyCares! #DuterteDelivers! #EndoSecretary!

(AFID photo shows me and Philrice Executive Director Sailila Abdula during the commemorative planting last month of the IR-8 rice variety or the Miracle Rice which helped the country achieve rice sufficiency through the Masagana 99 during the Marcos Presidency. President Duterte will launch Masaganang Ani 6000 on Dec. 29 in an effort to achieve rice sufficiency during his term.)

Source: Sec. Manny Piñol FB Page


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