President Rodrigo Duterte has asked members of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board of Directors to submit their courtesy resignation, according to Department of Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol.
Piñol said that the President revealed that he is not happy with the performance of the PCA during a Cabinet meeting on Dec. 04, Tuesday.
The Agriculture secretary added that Duterte responded affirmatively when asked whether he wants the directors of the PCA to resign since the agency will be reorganized once the proposal creating a Coconut Levy Fund becomes a law.
Piñol said that he will meet with the PCA board to deliver the instructions of the President.
“While they will still function as board of directors, the members of the board will be asked to submit their courtesy resignation so that the President will have a free hand in selecting the new members of the board,” Piñol said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
Per the proposed Coconut Levy Fund Act, the members of the PCA board of directors will be composed of representatives from the PCA, the Department of Finance, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Budget and Management, a coconut industry stakeholder, and six representatives of coconut farmers (two each coming from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).
Currently, the PCA board is composed of the agency’s administrator, the agriculture secretary, and four board members.
The Coconut Levy Fund Act made it through both the Senate and the House of Representatives.