Senator Grace Poe, who also chairs the Committtee on Agrarain Reform presided the confirmation hearing and said that 13 members of the panel approved the nomination of Castriciones, while only 2 members voted against it. The panel voted in an executive session.
Meanwhile, the senator reminded Castriciones to address the concerns raised by some members of the panel during his confirmation hearing and stressed that he also needs to address various matters in the agency.
Be not vindictive
Poe also added that the new DAR Chief should not be also vindictive against those who voted against his appointment.
“Ipapaalala ko siguro sa aking sponsorship speech, bagamat nanaig at nanalo siya at na-confirmed siya, e marami siyang dapat isaayos at dapat siguro ay huwag din na maging vindictive siyempre dun sa mga nag oppose sa kanya.” – Sen. Grace Poe
Meanwhile, the CA panel also confirmed the appointment of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, who is trying to crack down on the questionable deals in the department.
Palace welcomes Puyat
Commenting on the matter, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the Palace welcomes the Tourism secretary’s initial confirmation.
“We are confident that Secretary Puyat’s confirmation would give further impetus to the reforms she has spearheaded in the DOT.” – Sec. Harry Roque, Presidential Spokesperson
Romulo-Puyat replaced former tourism chief Wanda Teo in May, after the latter was dragged into the P60-M ad placement of DOT in the government owned Television PTV-4 in the program that was produced by Teo’s brothers.
Romulo-Puyat also suspended the “Buhay Carinderia” project of the DOT after discovering that Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano approved the release of P80-M allotted for the said program even before it even started. Montano resigned from the post on May 22.