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DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol conducted a last meeting with all his staff to formally bid his farewell to the agency as he announced that he will be vying for a senatorial seat in the coming elections.

However, he assured that he will continue to support the program of the agency.

Piñol thanked his staff for their dedication and hard work during his stint as the MinDA chief despite the meager budget of their agency.

“If God permits and I will win, I will help raise the budget of the agency to P5 billion. And if I won’t [win], I will still support in my private capacity,” he added.

Piñol also lauded the agency for the 99.9 percent budget utilization rate.

“Despite the pandemic, we showed them that we really did our job as public servants,” he added.

Earlier, Piñol announced in his official Facebook page that he is running for Senator in the coming 2022 polls.

“Today, I have reached a decision to vie for a seat in the Philippine Senate to pursue my advocacy to help the Filipino farmers and fishermen become more productive while at the same time ensuring food security and economic prosperity in the country,” he said.

He emphasized that he is heeding the call of the agriculture and fisheries sector to be their voice in the Senate and to stand up and ensure their well-being against the deluge of Anti-Agriculture Policies and Legislations which had made life difficult for them.

“Hindi madali ang laban na ito dahil una, wala naman akong sapat na pera para igastos sa isang national campaign na sabi ng marami ay maaring umabot ng mga P500 million. I do not have P500-M, not even a tenth, but close friends have pledged to support in whatever way they could by lending vehicles and volunteering to print tarps and campaign in the field,” Piñol said.

He recounted that In May 2016, shortly after the victory of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, his close-in aide now senator, Christopher Lawrence Go, asked him what Cabinet position he wanted to occupy in the Duterte Presidency.

“My answer was quick: "Agriculture." "Second choice?," Bong asked me and my answer was "None. Only Agriculture." I almost cried when the President announced that I would be his Agriculture Secretary and my heart was pounding heavily because of the thought that a farmer's son will finally be able to improve the plight of the Filipino farmer and fisherman,” he said.

Our mission is clear and precise: Let us turn the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in this part of the world while at the same time create income and job opportunities so that our loved ones do not have to leave home to find work abroad.

“We have the God-given resources to achieve this and all that we need are the correct policies and legislations which are already in my head,” he further added.#

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