William Dar named as new Secretary of Agriculture

Dr. William D. Dar (center), Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics answers the questions from the participant regarding the Bio Energy during the second day of the 1st Philippine International Bio Energy Conference held at Fiesta Pavilion of the historic landmark Manila Hotel, with him are Dr. Kaoru Yamaguchi (left), Specialist, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan; Zenaida Y. Monsada, Director, Oil Industry and Management Bureau. (Photo taken on Jan.13,2012 by Manny Llanes)

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao 

President Rodrigo Duterte recently appointed former director-general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Dr. William Dar as the next secretary of the Department of Agriculture. 

Dar is a noted agriculturist and has also served briefly as the acting DA secretary during the Estrada administration. He is also the first director of the department’s research arm, the Bureau of Agricultural Research. 

The newly appointed official will replace former DA secretary Emmanuel Piñol after he announced his resignation from the government position earlier this year. 

Piñol will be assigned as head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa).  

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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