MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones turned over the agency’s leadership to Acting Secretary Bernie Cruz on Monday.
The turnover rites was held at the DAR covered court at 9 a.m. after a celebratory mass.
Castriciones resigned from DAR to join the 2022 senatorial race. He filed his candidacy under the ruling party of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Leaving the post vacant, Malacaang appointed Cruz to replace Castriciones.
Prior to his appointment, Cruz was DAR’s undersecretary for foreign assisted and special projects office.
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