New prov’l agriculturist will be an outsider: guv

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said Monday, June 28, that the new Negros Occidental provincial agriculturist will be an outsider.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino is set to retire on Thursday, July 1.

Lacson said he has asked Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz to talk to the person being eyed to be the new provincial agriculturist and to make his recommendation.

He will not come from the ranks of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), he said.

The governor, however, did not name the person. “We don’t know if the person will even agree so that’s why he will be interviewed first by Atty Diaz,” Lacson said.

They have also not decided who the officer-in-charge of the OPA will be in the meantime, he said.

Diaz said a recommendation for an OIC will be submitted to the governor for his approval.*

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