MANILA, Philippines – National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Orlando Calayag has quit his post.
Calayag said he resigned to give newly-appointed Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan "greater latitude in performing his mandate."
Pangilinan, as the new food czar, will oversee various agricultural agencies, such as the NFA, National Irrigation Authority, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority.
In his resignation letter dated May 6, Calayag added he is also relinquishing his positions as ex-officio.
"I ask that this resignation be made effective upon the appointment of a replacement," Calayag said.
Calayag was appointed as administrator by President Aquino in January 2013.
PCA administrator Euclides Forbes also filed a courtesy resignation on May 8 for the same reason. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM