Palace reviewing appointment of NFA chief
MANILA - Malacañang is reviewing the appointment of National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Orlan Calayag and is verifying allegations against him, including reports that he is an American citizen.
Nonetheless, the Office of the Executive Secretary denied Calayag's appointment paper was antedated to skirt an appointment ban given the recent barangay elections.
Communication Secretary Sonny Coloma said Calayag was first appointed on January 17, 2013 to serve the unexpired term of resigned NFA Administrator Lito Banayo from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Calayag was then reappointed on July 12, 2013.
"All of these are in accordance with RA 10149 or the [Government-Owned and –Controlled Reform Act of 2011]. There is an ongoing review and verification process to address other issues pertinent to his appointment," Coloma said quoting the statement released by the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Coloma said that there are "hundreds" of appointments being made by the Office of the President, but all these undergo a vetting and screening process.