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Jun Evasco threatens to quit if Jason Aquino stays in NFA ‎Council

Apr 9, 2017 @ 20:36

The National Food Authority Council ain’t big enough for Cabinet Secretary ‎Jun Evasco and NFA Administrator Jason Aquino.

Evasco had moved to oust ‎Aquino from the NFA Council a month before his protégé, Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez, was fired by President Rodrigo Duterte last Thursday.

In his March 8 letter to NFA Council members a copy of which was obtained by Politiko, Evasco moved for Aquino’s ouster from the body for unilaterally sitting on the NFA Council’s decision to extend the minimum access volume import program by one month from February 28 to March 27 this year.

‎”Otherwise, it is with a heavy heart that I shall resign as the Council’s chair for I could not be more disgusted by this crook’s extremely reprehensible acts that made a mockery of the National Food Authority,” Evasco added.

Aquino has opposed Evasco’s import plans through private groups because he believed this would be detrimental to Filipino farmers.

Evasco is chairman of the NFA Council in an ex-officio basis as the NFA was among 12 agencies transferred to his office by Duterte last July. Aquino is his co-chair.

Evasco said that since Duterte appointed Aquino last January, the former Major who took part in the 2006 mutiny against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has not attended any council meeting.

‎In his letter, Evasco said Aquino’s membership should be “severed” from the NFA Council for his “adverse principles if any.”

“We, as the duly constituted Council, charged with the duty to safeguard the nation’s food security, shall stand firm and vote for Jason Aquino’s expulsion,” Evasco said.

“He does not belong in this policy-making body for he did nothing but willfully waste all the opportunities and confidence that had been reposed in him as the NFA’s Administrator,” he added.

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  • Ismael D. Tabije

    In a document posted officially in the NFA website entitled, “NFA Code of Corporate Governance” (http://nfa.gov.ph/files/Transparency/T_corporate_governance.pdf) are the following:

    “Section 5.The NFA Council Directly Vested with Corporate Powers.

    “Having been vested directly by law with the legal capacity and authority to exercise all corporate powers, conduct all the business, and to hold all the properties of the Agency, the NFA Council as a
    collegial body is primarily responsible for the
    governance of the National Food Authority. Consequently, it is the NFA Council and not the NFA Management that is primarily accountable to the State for the operations and performance of the Agency.”

    The above statement is clear to anyone with an average mind — The NFA Administrator cannot superimpose his ideas and opinions on the council. To refuse to follow the collegial decisions of the council is a clear case of insubordination (at the very least). Further, any of his actions that are not in consonance with the decision by the Council are not considered official (it’s his personal opinion) and hence not binding on the government.

    To allow Mr. Aquino to disregard the Council that has supervisory power over him (as we read in news reports) will cause anarchy in all GOCCs as the heads of all the other GOCCs can then just similarly disregard their boards in violation of laws and government rules and regulations.

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