MANILA - The Commission on Appointments on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Secretary William Dar as Agriculture chief, with some lawmakers saying he is "overqualified" for the post.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Dar to the Department of Agriculture's (DA) top post in August, after former Sec. Emmanuel Piñol was named chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority.
"We were very disappointed in the past but when Sec. Dar took the helm, we immediately saw the culture change," Sen. Joel Villanueva said during the CA deliberation.
"Before, pag nanghingi ka ng data sa DA, parang gusto sabihin na, 'Pinangakuan ka na, gusto mo tuparin pa namin?'" he said.
The 66-year-old horticulturist was the first director of the Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Research in 1988, before he was designated director of the Philippine Council for Agricultural Research and Rural Development in 1994.
He was also named director-general of the India-based International Center for Research in the Semi-arid Tropics from 1999 to 2014.