Ex-BFAR chief named DA undersecretary

By Stephanie Sevillano

February 12, 2024, 8:24 pm

<p><em>DA logo (PNA file photo)</em></p>

DA logo (PNA file photo)

MANILA – Former Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director Asis Perez has been designated as new Department of Agriculture (DA) undersecretary for policy, planning and regulation.

DA Secretary Francisco Tiu-Laurel Jr. recommended the appointment under special order no. 181 dated Feb. 8.

“Perez shall provide policy and regulatory advice to Secretary Tiu-Laurel as well as policy, planning and project development support to various DA offices, bureaus and agencies,” the DA said in a news release Monday.

Tiu-Laurel also designated Joan Jagonos-Oliva as officer-in-charge and director of Internal Audit Services; and Christopher Banas as officer-in-charge (OIC) and executive director of DA-Regional Field Office IV.

For the six-year national project under the Philippine Rural Development Project, Director IV Milo delos Reyes was appointed as deputy project director for Project Support Office-Luzon B and program director for the national corn program.

Other OICs designated were Director IV Nichols Manalo for the Office of Assistant Secretary for Operations and the Office of National Project Director; Assistant Secretary for Regulation Paz Benavides II for the vice-chairmanship of Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Program Management Committee; supervising agriculturist Lorna Belinda Calda for the Office of the Director of Field Operations Services; Accountant III Nelson Vagilidad as Accounting Section head of the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering Administrative and Finance Division; and supervising science research specialist Mark Matubang as data protection officer of the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Standards. (PNA)