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Piñol vows to transfer bulk of DA reg’l office staff back to Zambo

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Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has declared that he would transfer bulk of the employees of the Department of Agriculture regional office in Pagadian back to Zamboanga City stressing that the Zamboanga is centrally located.

Piñol made this declaration before Mayor Beng Climaco in a recent gathering presided by President Duterte in Davao where the lady chief executive sought the support of Cabinet officials on her request to transfer back the regional center from Pagadian to Zamboanga City.

The DA secretary has expressed strong support to Mayor Climaco’s initiative to seek the return of the regional center to Zamboanga. “Let us give our support and confidence to the Zamboanguenos.”

In a text message to the mayor, Pinol said “I admire and appreciate your steadfastness for the people of Zamboanga.”

Climaco met DA employees affected by the transfer since she was in Congress. And with the support of National Government and all elected officials including the Congressional Representatives, the mayor has vowed “to continue our aspirations for the return of the regional center to Zamboanga City.”

Climaco likewise discussed the regional transfer issue with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon and AFP Chief of Staff LGen. Eduardo Año. The mayor has personally submitted to President Duterte a letter seeking the return of the regional center as well as the city’s proposed acquisition of the ARRM property in Cabatangan consistent to the provisions of the ARMM organic act.

Climaco has also discussed the proposed acquisition of the Cabatangan property with ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman, who expressed that the matter will be the decided by the President. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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