President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday said he would remain agriculture secretary as he said the Department of Agriculture (DA) had yet to be restructured.

Marcos Jr. said he was staying as DA chief as the president “can do things a secretary cannot.”

“Problems are so difficult that it will take a president to change and turn it around,” he told reporters in an ambush interview.

The problems within the DA, he said, were “very deeply embedded.”

“Kaya’t I think I’m still needed there,” he said.

“So I think when we are able to say that the DA’s functions are properly institutionalized and the structural changes that we need to make in the DA have been made and the appointments in the DA have already been made then saka ako bibitaw,” he added.

The Philippines is facing several agriculture-related problems as commodity prices continue to rise due to inflation. John Ezekiel J. Hirro