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Proceso Jaraza Alcala (born July 2, 1955), popularly known as "Procy" in his home province, is a Filipino politician. A member of the Liberal Party, he was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as Philippine Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture on June 29, 2010. He was a two-term congressman of the 2nd District of Quezon Province from 2004 to 2010.

Proceso Alcala
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Alcala in June 2014
Secretary of Agriculture
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III
Preceded byBernardo Fondevilla
Succeeded byEmmanuel Piñol
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Quezon's 2nd District
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Preceded byLynnette A. Punzalan
Succeeded byIrvin M. Alcala
Personal details
Born
Proceso Jaraza Alcala

(1955-07-02) July 2, 1955 (age 64)
Quezon Province, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Corazon Asuncion Maaño
ChildrenIngrid Alcala
Irvin Alcala
Ivy Alcala
Alma materLuzonian University Foundation
OccupationEnvironmentalist
Politician
ProfessionCivil Engineer
Nickname(s)Procy

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Early lifeEdit

He was born on July 2, 1955 in Lucena, Philippines. He is the son of Hermilando "Ka Eming" C. Alcala, a former Provincial Board Member of province of Quezon.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Corazon Asuncion Maaño with three children: Ingrid, Irvin, and Ivy.

EducationEdit

  • Elementary : Lucena South Elementary School (1962-1968)
  • Secondary : Lucena City National High School (1968-1972)
  • College : Luzonian University Foundation; Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1972-1978)

Political careerEdit

Before being appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the Agriculture secretary post, Secretary Alcala was a two-term congressman of the 2nd District of Quezon Province from 2004 to 2010. He is one of the principal authors of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (RA 10068) and Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape Act (RA 2718). He was also a co-author of the Climate Change Act (RA 9729) and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994). He is an environmentalist and a non-government organization worker.[1]

According to his curriculum vitae, Alcala pursued relentlessly his advocacy for and dedication to agricultural development, particularly organic agriculture in the Congress.[1]

Anomalies and ControversiesEdit

Alcala was well known for his promise to make the country rice-self-sufficient in a span of four years. Instead, The Philippines has more than doubled its minimum rice import volume to 805,000 metric tons yearly from 350,000 metric tons during his term.[2]


Alcala was asked to resign over anomalies on rice importation in 2013. As DA Secretary, he allegedly authorized the National Food Authority (DFA) the purchase of 187,000 metric tons of rice without prior approval by the Fiscal Incentive Review Board of the Department of Finance.[3]

During his term as Agriculture Secretary, Alcala was accused of creating the 'garlic cartel' that artificially drove the prices high in 2014. From an official report of DOJ’s Office of Competition headed then by Justice Asec Geronimo L. Sy, majority of the ‘import permits’ issued was granted only to one preferred group. Alcala organized a National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) supposedly to protect local garlic farmers and to prevent entry of plant diseases. A certain Leah Cruz, whom Alcala admitted he knows personally, cornered at least 75 percent of the country’s total garlic importation courtesy of import permits issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).[4]

The Office of the Ombudsman in 2019 has filed a graft case against Alcala over this monopolization of garlic supply.[5]

Alcala also faced accusations of malversation of funds and violation of election laws when he allegedly used his department's money to bankroll the gubernatorial bid of his son, Irvin Alcala, in Quezon province in 2013.[6]

In 2017, Alcala was barred by the Ombudsman from government service after the agency found him "liable for the misuse of P13.5 million for the construction of the Quezon Corn Trading and Processing Center."[7]

The Alcalas were named as one of the drug lords operating in the province of Quezon.[8]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Profile of Aquino's Cabinet members". Sunstar. 2010-07-03. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2010-07-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Rice self-sufficiency program fails". Philstar.com.
  3. ^ "Agriculture chief asked to resign over rice import anomaly". Inquirer.
  4. ^ "Alcala created the garlic cartel". philstar.com.
  5. ^ "Ex-Agriculture chief faces trial for graft over garlic cartel". CNN.
  6. ^ "'Alcala used agri funds for son's gubernatorial bid'". Rappler.
  7. ^ "Ex-agriculture chief Proceso Alcala barred from gov't service". Rappler.
  8. ^ "Duterte: Alcala drug links 'true'". Rappler.
Preceded by
Arthur Yap
Secretary of Agriculture
2010 – 2016
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Piñol