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DA secretary taps ex-chief of staff as next NFA administrator

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala

MANILA, Philippines – The former chief of staff of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during the latter’s first term as Quezon representative is the new administrator of the National Food Authority.

Orlan Agbin Calayag, a businessman from the US, assumed the post as NFA administrator on Monday, replacing Lito Banayo who resigned late last year to prepare for his congressional bid in the upcoming elections.

Calayag, who hails from Dolores, Quezon, is a longtime acquaintance of the DA chief.

“He already has my trust. I knew him personally while I was working with him during my first term as congressman,” Alcala told reporters on Monday.

Alcala, a two-term congressman of Quezon’s second district before he was picked to lead the DA, recommended Calayag to President Aquino.

The DA chief described the new NFA administrator as a “balikbayan” (a returning Filipino national) whom he had just convinced to come back and serve.

Calayag is a former patient services specialist at the Swedish Medical Center in Washington in the US. He had also served as auditor of Bellevue Sheraton Hotel, loan officer of the Bank of America, and relationship manager of KeyBank.


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Tags: Governments , NFA , Orlan Agbin Calayag , Philippines , Proceso Alcala


  • phantomofhope

    2nd para: Orlan Agbin Calayag, a businessman from the US…

    last para:
    Calayag is a former patient services specialist at the Swedish Medical Center in Washington in the US. He had also served as auditor of Bellevue Sheraton Hotel, loan officer of the Bank of America, and relationship manager of KeyBank.

    so is he an employee or a businessman?

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Bilib din ako kay ex-NFA chief Lito Banayo. After making a fortune by smuggling rice through his favorite cooperatives, which was exposed by last year’s senate inquiry, Lito Banayo still gets to run for election without the Ombudsman Conchita hounding him.

    Ganun ba talaga kapag kaibigan ka ni PNoy? Lantaran na selective justice ito ah.

  • ed_nique

    did he have a green card?

  • kilabot

    give him a chance. 
    his background is in services area, maybe he can serve pinoy patients better.

  • Your_King

    Since 2010 when the Aquino administration took over can anyone tell me any gains and improvement that Aquino’s DA has done for agriculture? Agriculture is the backbone of the country with all the farmers and fishermen but it appears Aquino hasn’t dedicated enough of his admin’s time to the Agriculture sector.

  • ARRANCAR

    my goodness mio!!! who else will be replacing as next DA  no other than noynoy best pal ricardo puno who is now under secretary of the dept of agriculture!! he slepped thru quietly without funfare but lots of people saw him sitting as under secretary of D.A. itself!!



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