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Marcos says reforms executed quickly if he stays as DA chief

January 24, 2023 - Tuesday 5:01 PM by GDM

Article Banner Image Photo courtesy: Presidential Communications Office

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believes that he can carry out reforms more quickly if he stays as the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) secretary.

In an interview, Marcos explained why he hadn’t appointed a permanent secretary for the department yet.

“For me sa DA, there really are things that I can do if there was a secretary and he or she did it... magagawa pero matagal, madaming diskusyon (... it can be done but it will take time, there would be a lot of discussions).”

He added, “The President cannot say no to. And ‘pag hindi nila ginawa ‘yung utos ko, pwede kong sitahin (And if they don't do what I ordered, I can reprimand them).”

Marcos furthered that what he brings to the position is the ability to have others follow his decisions otherwise they can get reprimanded or transferred to other positions.

“But generally speaking, if the President asks you to do something, they’ll do it. If there’s somebody else to do it, they may do it – they'll probably do it, but they may not. So we want to take that wiggle room out of that system.”

In a recent interview in Switzerland, Marcos said he would appoint a permanent agriculture secretary who is an expert in the field, stressing he wants to do the “old, hard things” at the department.

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