I’ve personally known Secretary Pangilinan to be a man of competence and commendable work ethic, having worked with him previously when he served as chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food on his last term. His natural love for farming and willingness to help bring about sustainable growth and prosperity in Philippine agriculture are qualities that are truly commendable.

Thus, I am confident that he will be effective in his new role in public service, notably in President Aquino’s economic team tasked to formulate and execute strategies aimed at attaining more meaningful or inclusive socio-economic development.

We at the DA family look forward to discussing with him his specific assignments from the President himself. We hope to start working with him together to fulfill these tasks at the soonest possible time.

Department of Agriculture

6 May 2014

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