MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino will appoint his friend, former Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno, as Department of Agriculture (DA) undersecretary, a Palace source said Thursday.
Argiculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he has no idea when Puno will assume office but the Malacañang source said Puno's appointment will come out in January.
The DA undersecretary for livestock is currently vacant, according to Alcala.
Puno will be an asset to the department, the DA chief said.
Puno has an agriculture degree from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños.
Alcala said he has talked several times with Puno and told him that the latter should be a team player.
He added that Puno should follow DA regulations.