‘Multitasker’ Manny Piñol takes oath as MinDa chief
By Prince Golez
Former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol took his oath as the new Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman before Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Wednesday.
On Facebook, Piñol wrote his new post, which he will serve for six years, requires him to “multi-task” on Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, International Relations, and Security Concerns.
His job, according to him, allows him to serve as the “point person” of President Rodrigo Duterte to the newly formed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
“The MinDA Chair is also the Philippine Government’s representative to the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asia Growth Area Regional Grouping,” he added.
Piñol, meanwhile, appealed to the Department of Agriculture to understand why he left his post, saying his decision “was in the best interest of the department and the stakeholders.”
He added: “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 fisherfolk.”
William Dar was chosen to succeed Piñol.