PRRD names new DAR, DENR OICs

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday named new officers-in-charge (OIC) to oversee the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

According to acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Duterte has designated DAR Undersecretary David Erro as OIC of DAR.

Erro will replace Bernie Cruz who served as acting Secretary of DAR following the resignation of John Castriciones to run for senator in the May 2022 elections.

Assistant Secretary Joselin Marcus Fragada was also designated as OIC of DENR by Duterte.

Fragada will replace Jim Sampulna, who became acting DENR secretary after Roy Cimatu resigned in February 2022 due to health reasons.

Both appointments came just seven days before the end of Duterte’s six-year term on June 30.

ABONO Partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella III has been designated by President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as his DAR Secretary.

He has yet to appoint a DENR Secretary.

Malacañang did not explain why the new designations were made.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.