October 18, 2010
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan congratulates Filipina Broadway veteran Lea Salonga for having been chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization. The thespian was appointed by the United Nations for this role alongside Italian actor Raoul Bova, Canadian singer Celine Dion, and American actress Susan Sarandon.
“We congratulate Ms. Lea Salonga for having been named Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Her status will certainly bring much-needed attention to food and agriculture issues, and we hope this paves the way for more discussion and dialogue on the issues that affect majority, if not all, of our people,” Pangilinan said.
“As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, we enjoin all sectors of society to forge stronger partnerships to ensure food security and the opening up of more opportunities for our agricultural workers. We cannot hide the fact that the Philippines is an agricultural country, so we need policies that would address the lack of investments in agriculture, productivity, food security, income and livelihood in this sector.”