Pangilinan quits as food security chief

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Sec. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan quits his post as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Food Security chief Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan’s office on Tuesday (September 15), announced his resignation from the cabinet.

In a letter dated September 8, 2015 addressed to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Pangilinan tendered his resignation as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

He expressed his gratitude to the president “for his trust, confidence, and support.”

“The support extended by His Excellency and the Cabinet has been crucial in addressing the challenges in the agriculture sector and the government’s vision of good governance and inclusive growth,” Pangilinan said.

Pres. Aquino through an executive order transferred the National Food Authority (NFA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to the Office of the President.

According to Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, Pangilinan’s resignation "has been accepted by the President effective September 30, 2015", quoting the Office of the Executive Secretary as saying.

Added Coloma: President Aquino expressed "his sincerest appreciation to Pangilinan for his contribution to the government during his stint" as a presidential assistant and wished him the best in his future plans.