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New MinDA chief Piñol lists agriculture, poorest provinces among development priorities

DAVAO CITY — Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, taking on his role as the new head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on Monday, said agriculture, the poorest provinces, and indigenous people (IP) communities would be among his priority areas.

Piñol vows to “work just as hard” as MinDA chair

FORMER AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Wednesday took his oath as the new chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

Duterte plans ‘mini’ Cabinet revamp affecting five secretaries

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday evening announced an impending “mini revamp” in his Cabinet that will see three department secretaries removed, but his spokesman sought to downplay the statement the following day.

Piñol offers to resign — ‘Bong’ Go

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has offered to resign and be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Senator-Elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go said on Thursday.

Duterte still ‘happy’ with agri chief; no Cabinet revamp hint

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is still “happy” with the performance of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol amid reports that he may be one of the Cabinet officials who may be replaced or transferred to another department.

PACC clears Piñol from corruption allegations

THE PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) announced on Wednesday that it has cleared Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol from allegations of corruption.

DA to submit proposal on solar-powered irrigation

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to submit a proposal to the National Economic Development Authority-Investment Coordination Council (NEDA-ICC) for the P44-billion Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS).

Piñol orders sacking of NAIA quarantine team amid threat of African...

DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol ordered on Friday the sacking of quarantine team of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after their failure to establish quarantine measures on the entry of pork products from countries affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).

PCA officials ordered to submit courtesy resignation

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he has already instructed board members of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to submit their courtesy resignation in accordance with the reorganization of the agency under the Coco Levy Act.

Department of Agriculture green-lights import of 750,000 tons of rice

THE Department of Agriculture has just green-lighted the importation of 750,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, following the devastation recent Typhoon Ompong dealt to rice crops in Northern Luzon last week.

Bukidnon farms to augment vegetable supply in Metro Manila

AFTER FARMS in the northern Luzon area were devastated by typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut), farmers from four mountain towns of Bukidnon pledged to ship vegetables to Metro Manila to augment supply starting this week, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.

DA chief bares reforms on rice distribution

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato, Reporter A SERIES of reforms is expected to be introduced in the local rice market by a technical working group...

Piñol says feed industry should buy local

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has appealed to traders dealing in agricultural goods “to be patriotic” by favoring domestic produce over imports. “I cannot stop...