Nassa pushes for confirmation of DAR chief Mariano
MANILA— The Catholic Church’s social action arm is calling on the lawmakers to confirm the appointment of Rafael Mariano as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, chairman of the National Secretariat for Social Action, said since Mariano has made “impressive” pronouncements and policies in favor of poor farmers since the latter took the post.
The prelate said that Nassa and other agrarian reform advocates believe that Mariano has the needed credentials for the post.
“Thus, he should be formally confirmed based on his qualification, experience, track record and his commitment to landless farmers,” Tirona said.
“Our country needs good leadership, with a heart, to ensure welfare of the poor and marginalized. We have one in the Department of Agrarian Reform,” he said.
Mariano faced a confirmation hearing of the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) at the Senate on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The CA, however, deferred action on Mariano’s nomination and suspended the hearing until September 5.
Tirona urged the CA to confirm the appointment of Mariano based on his commitment for farmers and potential to alleviate poverty and hunger in the country by empowering the farmers.
“We rely on your discernment and commitment for the poor to make the right decision,” the archbishop added.
He also said: “The appointment of Rafael Mariano as DAR Secretary is one of the fulfillment of the President’s promises for socio-economic reform of farming communities.” CBCPNews