Marcos asks for world cooperation to boost PH’s food security
NEW YORK CITY — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asked for the support of world leaders in investing in the Philippines’ agricultural production and food security.
In his speech at the high-level debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), Marcos cited the need for investments in food security for a “future that is resilient and inclusive” where people can be “healthy, happy, and secure.”
“We need to take concrete steps towards a modern and resilient agriculture. For food is not just a trade commodity nor a livelihood — it is an existential imperative and a moral one. It is the very basis of human security,” he said.
Marcos, who concurrently serves as the Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary, touted the government’s efforts in attaining food self-sufficiency and security.
“We are providing innovative solutions and financial support to farmers and fisher-folk to adapt new technologies and connect to national and global value supply chains,” the President said.
“We look forward to forging cooperation with the UN and our partners to boost agricultural productivity and food security,” he added.
Food security is one of the key promises of Marcos, saying it would get “preferential treatment” in his administration.
Marcos made his world debut at the UN General Assembly, which was his first UN engagement after he took his oath of office as the Philippines’ chief executive.
He was the first Southeast Asian leader to have delivered his speech at the UN high-level debate and he is the first Filipino leader to have attended the General Assembly since 2014.
The UN General Assembly is only among his engagements during his six-day working visit to the United States.
In subsequent days, he is expected to meet with some world leaders and American businessmen.
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