MANILA- (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's brother as the administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), his spokesman said.
"With his credentials, we expect a man of competence and integrity in the likes of Mr. Duque to champion the cause of the Filipino cocount farmers," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
In 2016, Duque was appointed to the Social Security Commission where he represented the labor sector.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1972) and Bachelor of Law (1976) from San Beda College in Manila.
He earned his doctoral degrees in Educational Management and Humanities from University of the Visayas (2010) and University of Baguio (2011), respectively.
The new PCA administrator is also a politician having served as Pangasinan vice governor from 1987 to 1992.
The PCA is under the Department of Agriculture.