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2019-08-08-sec-william-dar-01Photo Courtesy of Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)

William Dollente Dar, a farmer’s son, was born in 1953 in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. First and foremost a horticulturist, he has received his doctoral degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB). After his stint at the faculty of the Benguet State University (BSU) in the northern Philippines, he became the first director of the Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in 1988. This was a period when the Philippines started to invest much in building a national system of advanced agricultural research institutes, such as the Philippine Rice Research Institute ( PhilRice). He was also designated director of the Philippine Council for Agricultural Research and Rural Development in (PCAARD) in 1994.

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2019-08-press-statement-by-dr-william-darDr. Willian Dar, newly appointed Acting Secretary of the Department of Agriculture answers the queries of tri-media during a press conference held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Building, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City on August 6, the day after his oath-taking with President Rodrigo Duterte. ###Photo courtesy by DA-AFID. 

Let us unite behind President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for a food-secure Philippines.

First of all, I would like to thank President Duterte for giving me the privilege to serve the country anew as Acting Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, and I strongly believe in his advocacies to make the country food secure and to bring more development to the countryside by making smallholders farmers and fisherfolk more prosperous.

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