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23/10/2010: Ambassador Willy C. Gaa keynotes Handog 2010 of Feed the Hungry, Inc.

October 23, 2010, Arlington, VA – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa gave the keynote speech in Handog 2010, the annual dinner dance of Feed the Hungry, Inc. Feed the Hungry is a Washington, DC-based volunteer organization that implements programs that benefit the poor in the Philippines.

Ambassador Gaa congratulated the officers of Feed the Hungry and all the volunteers for the successful development initiatives they have been implementing since 1993 which include feeding and nutrition, education, infrastructure and livelihood among others. The Ambassador noted that this year, Feed the Hungry reached all eighty (80) provinces in the Philippines.

The Ambassador also highlighted the partnership that Feed the Hungry has maintained with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and with local government and NGOs that contributed in the success of its programs.

In addressing the volunteers and donors, the ambassador said, “Through Feed the Hungry, I hope you are inspired even more to reconnect with the Philippines and be involved in its affairs.” The Ambassador then added that Filipino-Americans can further support development in the Philippines by urging their legislators to co-sponsor the Save Our Industries (SAVE) Act now pending in the U.S. Congress.

SAVE Act aims to revitalize the textiles and garments trade between the Philippines and the United States by granting duty-free treatment to certain apparel products wholly assembled in the Philippines, provided these are made from U.S. fabrics. If passed, SAVE Act is expected to generate thousands of jobs in the U.S. textile industry and the Philippine garments sector.

The Ambassador closed his speech by expressing his gratitude to Feed the Hungry for the assistance they have extended to many Filipinos. -- END